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Soil Carbon Cowboys

Would you like a short visit to summer in the middle of winter? Would you like to meet soil ranchers Allen Williams, Gabe Brown and Neil Dennis? You can with this video.  Great for your next lunch break, here’s 12 minutes in summer pastures, filmed so vibrantly you’ll see grasshoppers jumping in slow motion and almost feel the sun on your face. The three ranchers featured in the video give you an idea of what they’re doing on their operations to improve soil health, and how it’s helping them with their bottom line. And if you ever wanted to see a great how-to on setting up electric fence in a few short minutes, you’ll want to check this out.

Tablet readers, here’s your link.

This video by Peter Byck of Arizona State University introduces upcoming research by ASU’s Soil Carbon Nation research team. They’ll be looking at things like:

• How much carbon is stored in these healthy soils and for how long
• How much methane do the cows burp vs. How much methane do the soil microbes eat?
• How much rainwater soaks into healthy soils?
• Do these soil ranchers make more money than their neighbors?
• And if enough ranchers regenerated their soils, could they slow down climate change?

We’ll watch for more information for you and let you know what they find.

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.

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