Last May we submitted a Conservation Innovation Grant proposal to cover expenses and nominal salaries to keep On Pasture going. And guess what?
We Got It!
We decided to try for the grant because you kept telling us that On Pasture was important to you. And now, thanks to the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, we will have a good chunk of the funds we need to keep on going for three more years! That means we’ll be able to keep on doing what we do: translating science for farmers and ranchers raising livestock on pasture, and making it accessible online in a weekly, easy-to-read format.
About 80,000 readers stop by each month right now. This grant ensures that we can continue helping you and all the other farmers and ranchers reading to improve their management of more than 8 million acres, addressing soil health and water quality issues in all 50 states. We will be working with USDA NRCS and other members of the On Pasture community on this project, and we will turn this collaboration into another 1050 articles for YOU! The grant also covers some funding to help get Rachel and Kathy out on the road for conferences and workshops, so we’re looking forward to meeting more of you in person. Feel free to send suggestions of where we ought to head, and we’ll share where we’re going to be when we know.
Some more great news for graziers is that the National Grazing Lands Coalition also got a grant. Along with some partners, NatGLC will be looking at how prescribed grazing impacts pasture and range productivity, economics, and conservation. We’re excited to help them share their results about soil health, stocking rates and drought response so you can improve your economic performance.
Does this mean that we won’t be having our twice a year fund drives? Well, no. The grant covers a good chunk of what we need to keep going, but we’re still counting on readers (yes, YOU!) to help us continue to expand our coverage and to provide the kind of assistance you rely on. We’re doing our best to get you what you need. Your support lets us know that you’re reading and that you appreciate what we’re doing. We still can’t do this without you.
Thanks so much for reading!
Kathy and Rachel
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