Turn Deserts into Fertile Land -- Produce Food  Save our Earth -- Save Humanity
Dedicated to the development and extension of new technologies promoting sustainable agriculture and ecological restoration The conservation tillage innovation called land imprinting was invented in 1976 and then patented in  1980. This science-based innovation is uniquely capable of nearly total conservation of soil and water  resources to ensure successful re-vegetation even in arid land areas such as the Mojave Desert that  receives, on an average, 76 mm (3 inches) of rainfall, annually.  The science and technology of sustainable agriculture and ecological restoration are merging into a  single discipline with the passage of time. Agronomists are applying some ecology and ecologists are  applying agronomy in their sustainable agriculture and ecological restoration projects. This merger of  the two disciplines is being driven by a common concern over global land degradation or  desertification that threatens the welfare and even survival of all species, including our own.*   While world population of humans is growing rapidly, the acreage of productive land is shrinking and  we are now experiencing shortages of food and medicine worldwide. Agricultural lands are becoming  degraded or decertified and are thus less able to provide sustained production of food, feed, and fiber,  while becoming an increasing source of environmental pollution. Likewise natural lands are  becomingdegraded and are thus less able to provide the services of healthy ecosystems such as  clean soil, water and air, pollination and abundant and diverse medicinal plants.** Land degradation or desertification is caused by such human activities as livestock grazing, forest and  woodland logging, land tillage, outdoor recreation, urban and industrial development, and military  activities. The foregoing activities cause well vegetated land to become denuded, thereby decreasing  rainwater infiltration and increasing water runoff, erosion, sedimentation and flash flooding.*** The  
Barren Land
After imprinting
Results  4 Months Later
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degraded land is less able to infiltrate and hold soil moisture; consequently,  plants experience a more arid environment, especially during short term  droughts. A vicious cycle of land aridification and denudation forms the insidious  process called desertification, wherein the land dries out and many life forms die  or flee.****  degraded and are thus less able to provide the services of healthy  ecosystems such as clean soil, water and air, pollination and abundant and  diverse medicinal plants.**  To the left is barren land prior to imprinting. Land degradation or desertification is caused by such human activities as  livestock grazing, forest and woodland logging, land tillage, outdoor recreation,  urban and industrial development, and military activities. The foregoing activities  cause well vegetated land to become denuded, thereby decreasing rainwater  infiltration and increasing water runoff, erosion, sedimentation and flash  flooding.*** The degraded land is less able to infiltrate and hold soil moisture;  consequently, plants experience a more arid environment, especially during  short term droughts. A vicious cycle of land aridification and denudation forms  the insidious process called desertification, wherein the land dries out and many  life forms die or flee.****   The no-till method for seeding, called land imprinting, has been under  development in Tucson, Arizona since 1976. Ranchers have applied imprinting  to restore perennial grasses on their degraded range land for erosion control  and forage production. The degradation has been due to a variety of reasons:  overgrazing, fires, over farming, and relatively recently discovered/publicized  global warming. The second picture shows land "imprinted" in order to collect  moisture and nutrients/resources where the climate produces very little  precipitation. More and more lands are facing droughts and low moisture levels  due to global warming. Click on the Barren Land picture to learn more about this  very serious problem. Click on the Imprint picture for one solution re:soil.   The Dixon Land Imprinter, shown above right, has been used to inter-seed  100,000 acres with grasses in southern Arizona since 1980. Early imprinters  were massive machines with large diameter rollers that were designed to  operate on rocky, brushy terrain of the south-western deserts. The Dixon Land  Imprinter is a very simple machine consisting of only two moving parts--the  imprinting roller and the seed-box agitator. Click on the picture for specifications.  This machine was invented by Dr. Robert Dixon, internationally known soil  scientist, leading authority on sustainable agriculture, re-vegetation, inter-  seeding, reclamation seeding, and erosion control (to list just a few of the topics  on which he has lectured/published scientific writings). Click on the menu or the  Results picture on the left for more details on the uses of this agricultural  breakthrough technology and how imprinting works. Click on the menu at left or  the Imprinter picture above right to learn about the machine specifications.  
The Imprinting Machine Developed by Dr. Dixon
THE IMPRINTING FOUNDATION: New Hope for Damaged Lands
*(Lowdermilk, 1935; Dregne, 1978; Wolf, 1987)   **(Buckman and Nabhan, 1996; Chevallier, 1996; Daily, 1997; Duke, 1998)   ***(Dixon, 1995; Dixon and Carr, 1997)   ****( Dregne , 1978)
Farmer, scientist, contractor, large agricultural concerns,  government agency, anyone  open to learning about the  newest technology used to  transform barren soil into  fertile crop-producing land.   In this age of food shortages  with mass starvation, the  world leaders need the  information contained in this  site. Through networking,  we can get the information  out that there is a machine  which enables the earth to  extract moisture/resources  from the smallest amount of  precipitation.   Imprinting machines can be  manufactured large enough  to transform thousands of  acres or  small enough to  work for the average farmer. With a united effort, we can  change the current self  destructive path of mankind  by cooperating with nature  to maximize our natural  resources. This is an exciting time.  More and more people are  waking up to the food crisis  we are currently facing and  are stepping up to the plate  to do what they can to save  our planet -- save ourselves!
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