Friday, June 21, 2024
HomeNotes From KathyFarmers and Ranchers Are The Future

Farmers and Ranchers Are The Future

In this week’s issue, we have two articles that describe the important role farmers and ranchers play in creating a healthy planet. In one, ranchers talk about the progress they’ve made protecting the prairie. Without these folks and others grazing their cattle, prairies would grow up in trees, and we’d lose the wide open spaces that wildlife need. In the other, I share the discovery made by some good friends of mine. A decade of research and data collection on their ranch shows that spreading a thin layer of compost on pastures just once every 20 years can dramatically increase both forage production and carbon sequestration.

Both stories demonstrate the importance of partnerships. Bill Sproul and Jim Faulstich both say they would not have been able to be as successful without their partners. Likewise, John Wick brought researchers, government agencies, and local ranchers together to explore possibilities, ask questions, and solve problems.

In these two stories, you can see some of the things I believe. I believe that good grazing is critical to healthy landscapes and wildlife habitat, and that everyone should support farmers and ranchers so they can be successful graziers. I also believe we are most successful when we build partnerships and work together for the common good. That’s why I’m here at my desk every morning. I’m trying to do my part to help the On Pasture Community be more successful by providing you the information and resources you need.

I hope you find these stories hopeful and helpful.

Thanks for reading!


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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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