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Why Do Farmers and Ranchers Adopt Regenerative Practices?

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This week’s Scoop comes to us from Michelle Klampe of Oregon State University. Regenerative ra
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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. Tim Gieseke says:

    I think this sentence would scare most ranchers/farmers away, “To enhance soil health and natural carbon sinks, ranchers must not only understand the mineral cycle, i.e. how carbon cycles between the atmosphere, plants and soil via photosynthesis; but also the water cycle and what determines whether rain evaporates and runs off the soil surface or sinks in and recharges groundwater; energy flows associated with the conversion of solar energy into grass and ultimately beef; and ecological community dynamics involving ecosystem succession, relationships and interdependencies.”

    I don’t think that is true, although knowledge is helpful. I think a rancher/farmer needs to decide what mix of forages make the most sense on their soils and climate (most have a pretty good idea). Then they need to recognize that all plants need to rest (no one I know bales grasses or alfalfa every day of the summer from the same field, but waits until it has regrown). They do need to understand when plants begin to regrow and then get the livestock off. In our area, grass/legumes start in three days, so you need to size the paddock for the livestock to graze to the level that that plants can tolerate/thrive and move them. The mineral, carbon, air, water, etc. cycles can ‘figure’ this out themselves and the farmer can also figure this out as they follow some of these management fundamentals.

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