April 20, 2020

Managing for Resilience Begins to Pay Off

I am a fairly young man seeing things I never thought we would. In the midst of a global pandemic we’ve all been shaken out of our normal. I am hunkered in my basement (mostly hiding from a 2-year-old) while making an attempt at teleworking as a soil conservation district technician. My wife is putting […]

May 13, 2019

Is Grass Fed the Worst Thing That Happened To Agriculture?

James Matthew Craighead has studied sustainable agriculture for a decade and the result is a lot of questions. Some of these are hard questions and may trigger a little defensiveness in us all. Just remember, he’s sharing them here to open a constructive dialogue that might lead us all to a place where we are better both individually and as a group.

March 4, 2019

The Little Things Matter

Little things add up to big things that cost time and money. Here’s how to stop them while they’re small.

January 28, 2019

You Do Not Have to Move Cows Every Day

You do not have to move cows every day to build soil health. You don’t always have to stretch polywire to implement rotational grazing. Sometimes you will have to feed hay, and this can be as constructive as it is destructive. There is a growing trend that I am seeing in “regenerative” agriculture to push […]

December 17, 2018

Livestock Basics

While Matthew focuses on cattle in his look at the basics, the questions he poses and what they need are right on for all classes of livestock.

October 22, 2018

The Four Principles of Soil Health Applied to Forages

  Soil Health is one of the main tools that will help sustain farms in the future. It will help us feed the world. NRCS recognizes four principles of soil health. They are very basic but can be applied many different ways to any agricultural system. Here is how I implement them on my forage […]

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