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Understanding the Two Sides to Soil Organic Matter Can Help Us Improve Soil Health

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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

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  1. Bruce Howlett says:

    This is a fancier way of describing soil organic matter than what Fred Magdoff, emeritus professor at the University of Vermont, more-colorfully categorized as “living” (micro-organisms and plants), “dead” (= particulate organic matter), and “very dead” (= mineral-associated organic matter).

  2. I wonder if “wet spots” in flood irrigated fields work the same way as the forest?
    The cattle don’t like to eat the “slew” grass and it just grows up, dies and the process repeats year-after-year. When you dig into it, it appears somewhat like the forest soil picture.

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