August 8, 2022

Ecosystems Are Becoming Less Efficient at Absorbing CO2

Note from Kathy: We live and work in a very complex system that doesn’t always correspond with some of the simple explanations I’ve encountered in the grazing world. I believe that the more we know about what is happening, the better decisions we can make, and that’s why I share higher degrees of complexity with […]

August 1, 2022

For More Forage, Improved Soil and a Better Future Just Spread Compost

Earlier this summer I wrote about adapting to new climate normals and what warmer temperatures, longer droughts and more extreme weather events mean for agriculture. It was a kind of bleak picture, and I felt bad about that because I’ve tried hard to make On Pasture an uplifting place to come to in a world […]

August 1, 2022

A Farming Tragedy

I come from a long line of Mennonite farmers. My ancestors were among those invited to Ukraine by Catherine the Great in the mid-1700s as part of her plan to turn the region into productive agricultural land. She offered them forever incentives, including religious freedom, the right to settle in segregated colonies and govern themselves, […]

July 11, 2022

Increased CO2 in the Atmosphere Increases Weeds. Weed-Eating Livestock Could Be a Solution

Some years back, I went to a meeting in Denver sponsored by the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association. I don’t remember the exact title, but it was something about how ranchers could adapt to a changing climate. Scientists explained what their research was telling them about plant responses to increasing CO2 in the atmosphere, and they shared […]

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