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Managing Grazing Means Managing for Rainfall

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As you think about how you’ll manage forage this season, keep in mind that your grazing manage
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Rachel's interest in sustainable agriculture and grazing has deep roots in the soil. She's been following that passion around the world, working on an ancient Nabatean farm in the Negev, and with farmers in West Africa's Niger. After returning to the US, Rachel received her M.S. and Ph.D. in agronomy and soil science from the University of Maryland. For her doctoral research, Rachel spent 3 years working with Maryland dairy farmers using management intensive grazing. She then began her work with grass farmers, a source of joy and a journey of discovery.


  1. Dave Scott says:

    The sobering part is that overgrazed pasture infiltrates similar to conventionally tilled ground-very poorly. As graziers, we have the potential to capture more rainfall through managed grazing than any other agricultural system.
    Thank you, Rachel, for the demonstration.

  2. The Grass Whisperer says:

    Sooo very important. Thank you for the reminder!

    • Rachel Gilker says:

      You are so welcome! I think it’s such a striking comparison between the runoff and infiltration in the jugs from overgrazing and managed grazing – at 2:08 and 2:22.
      Thanks for all you do!

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