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No-Till and Partnering Cropping With Cattle Makes This Family Farm a Success

mike-cronin-cronin-family-farms“Our grandfather broke the land, my Dad took everything out of it, and now it’s Monty’s and my job to put it back,” says Mike Cronin of Cronin Family Farms, this year’s winner, with Dan Forgey, of the Leopold Conservation Award in South Dakota. He and his family started that process by implementing no-till cropping in their farm operation. That spread to the livestock side of the operation when the “cowboys” decided they should do something similar with the cattle, moving them from pasture to pasture and using the residue for grazing to reduce costs and help with soil building. By joining the two parts of the farming/ranching operation, not only are they building soil health and creating a more profitable operation, they’re also building a future for the next generation.

Working together as a family is what makes their operation so strong. “We have to not farming for this year. We’re farming for our kids and our kids’ kids,” says Tregg Cronin.

We hope this beautiful video describing Cronin Farms and their successes will give you some ideas of things you can do on your place. And if you have questions about the hows of getting some of this done, let us know and we’ll get to work finding the answers for you.


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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.


  1. How much of the no-till cropping in this farm depends on the use of herbicides? I worry (as a non-ag person) about the sustainability of the use of common herbicides, like glyphosate.

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