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Does Grazing Sequester Carbon? Part 1

By   /  October 2, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  6 Comments

If you’ve heard that grazing is good for the planet because it can sequester more carbon in the soil, you’re not alone. The hypothesis goes like this: When livestock take a bite of grass, the grass plant sloughs off an equal amount of root mass below ground. That dead material is full of carbon. Microbes […]

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Reader Question: How Can the NRCS Serve You Better?

By   /  September 25, 2017  /  The Scoop  /  10 Comments

Folks have asked us to share your thoughts on what could make the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service better for you. The reason? The new Farm Bill is being written right now and it will include changes to the NRCS. Those changes will dictate funding for NRCS services that provide farmers and ranchers with financial […]

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Easy Ways to Figure Out Your Pasture’s Forage Quality

By   /  September 18, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  Comments Off on Easy Ways to Figure Out Your Pasture’s Forage Quality

Last week we told you why we don’t use Brix to measure the value of forage in pasture. Our primary reason is that it’s not a very reliable tool for looking at the nutritional value of a specific plant. Another reason is that so many people have measured forage value for so long, that you […]

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How to Help Farmers and Ranchers Hit by Fires and Flooding

By   /  September 11, 2017  /  The Scoop  /  Comments Off on How to Help Farmers and Ranchers Hit by Fires and Flooding

This summer hasn’t been a great one for farmers and ranchers across the country.  Fires cover almost a million acres in Montana alone, and hurricanes and flooding have hit Texas and Florida hard. People have been pitching in to help, like the police and cowboys driving cattle through the middle of the town of Dayton, […]

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It’s National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day!

By   /  August 7, 2017  /  The Scoop  /  1 Comment

Get out your camo and your excess zucchini and celebrate “National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day!” That’s what August 8 is, and I’m taking full advantage of it! To heck with May Day baskets. This is my new favorite holiday. You get to “Ring and Run” or “Ding Dong Ditch,” which is […]

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