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Farmers and Ranchers Are The Future

By   /  May 20, 2019  /  The Scoop  /  No Comments

In this week’s issue, we have two articles that describe the important role farmers and ranchers play in creating a healthy planet. In one, ranchers talk about the progress they’ve made protecting the prairie. Without these folks and others grazing their cattle, prairies would grow up in trees, and we’d lose the wide open spaces […]

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Some Tips for Talking When We Disagree

By   /  May 13, 2019  /  The Scoop  /  No Comments

As I write this I’m in a Subway in Walmart in Canyon, Texas, using their free wifi. I’m in town visiting my ailing, 90-year-old Aunt. I won’t be back in the office until Thursday morning, so if you notice that I’m not as responsive as usual, you’ll know why. One of the reasons I’m a […]

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Is There One Right Answer? Yes – And Here It Is!

By   /  May 6, 2019  /  The Scoop  /  No Comments

When I was working for the Bureau of Land Management and stationed at Utah State University, a friend and I started an internship program called “Tehabi.” The name comes from the Hopi Kachina legend that describes two spirit-beings – one without sight, the other paralyzed – who survived, even thrived, when they teamed up and […]

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Have You Ever Wished for a Mentor?

By   /  April 29, 2019  /  The Scoop  /  Comments Off on Have You Ever Wished for a Mentor?

Back in the ’90s, when I was running my research project on how to use goats to build firebreaks to protect homes and people, the folks around me thought I was a little crazy. Even the two faculty members listed on the project didn’t take it seriously. Whenever I went to them with a goat […]

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For Earth Day, Do What You Do Best – Graze!

By   /  April 22, 2019  /  The Scoop  /  Comments Off on For Earth Day, Do What You Do Best – Graze!

This week I ran across a video from one of On Pasture’s sponsors, Organic Valley. In it, Kevin Mahalko talks about one part of the “Soul of Farming:” grass. He talks about the relationship between grass and his dairy cows, and the importance of a farmer’s stewardship of his lands to everyone around him. I […]

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