March 16, 2020

Plant Root Exudate Changes With Drought to Encourage Soil Microbes to Provide More Nutrients

There are all kinds of interactions between plants and the soils they grow in, and little by little we’re understanding more about what’s going on. Take root exudate for example. That’s the cocktail of carbohydrates – sugars, amino acids and organic acids – that result from photosynthesis and end up in the plant’s roots and […]

February 10, 2020

How a Blue Ridge Farmer Set Up His Rotational Grazing System

John Fant, Colonel, US Army (Ret), returned to southwest Virginia in 2013 to resume daily operations and management of the family farm. In this 6:52 video, John describes how he assessed the farm’s resources and then developed and implemented a plan that would improve water quality, and soil and animal health. What he found was […]

February 4, 2020

Montana Soil Health Symposium: 2020 Vision & Beyond

SWCDM and Montana NRCS are hosting the Montana Soil Health Symposium on February 4 & 5 in Billings. The 2020: Vision and Beyond Symposium will feature leaders in regenerative agriculture, and discussions with producers about their experience implementing soil health practices. Breakout sessions will include producer panels and presentations on winter grazing, cover crops, intercropping, […]

February 3, 2020

Revitalizing Soil With Paper

This article comes to us from Sandra Avant and the Agricultural Research Service. While it’s unlikely the average farmer is going to run out and do this tomorrow, it is an example of another way producers might work with their urban neighbors in the future. The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is helping to arm the […]

February 3, 2020

The Key to This Ranch’s Successful Grazing Strategy? People!

When we talk about grazing management, we usually think about how to manage livestock, and we think of forage and the soil below it. But there’s one more factor to consider – people – and that’s the key to the success of Bill and Dana Milton. The Miltons raise Angus cattle on 15,000 acres of […]

January 27, 2020

What Is Manure Doing For Your Soil?

Would you like to reduce runoff and soil erosion? Would you benefit from soils that absorb more water, making your pastures more resilient to drought? Do you want to prevent phosphorus contamination of nearby waterways? Then you want stable soil aggregates, and to get there you want manure! Soil aggregates are individual soil particles that […]

January 13, 2020

This Ranch’s Grazing Management Improves Soil and Vegetation

The Bench Ranch has been using intensive, rotational grazing for at least 35 years and they have seen a change that includes more grass, healthy soils, and double the stocking rate the ranch used to carry. We add ideas for how you can follow in the ranch’s footsteps.

October 18, 2019

Greg Brann’s Pasture Walk

A gathering and open conversation about managing root causes not just symptoms. Strategic weed management. Flerd management of cattle and sheep, farrowing and finishing hogs in the woods and grass management. Rsvp

October 18, 2019

4th Annual Missouri Sheep & Goat Conference

Producers, would-be producers, and others meet once each year to attend the annual Missouri Sheep & Goat Conference.  This two-day event provides educational opportunities for those involved in the sheep and goat industry.  Topics vary from year to year but have included grazing management, soil health, rations, guardian animals, parasite management, genetics, value-added marketing, budgeting, […]

October 15, 2019

New Agrarian Apprenticeship Applications Open October 15!

Quivira Coalition’s 2020 New Agrarian Apprenticeships in Regenerative Ranching and Farming – For more info Apprenticeships run April 2020 – November 2020 Applications will be accepted October 15, 2019 – December 1, 2019.   The Quivira Coalition’s New Agrarian Program (NAP) partners with skilled ranchers and farmers in California, New Mexico, Colorado and Montana […]

August 29, 2019

Pasture and Grazing Management Workshop

Special speakers Doug Peterson and Allan Williams will be speaking at Madison Community Center on August 29th from 9 am to 4 pm. Two renowned soil health specialists, Allen Williams and Doug Peterson, will offer tips for livestock producers based upon their years of working with grazing management, says Darren Hoffman, NRCS resource conservationist in […]

July 31, 2019

Foraging for alternatives-Taking a fresh look at Soybeans and Sorghum

This field event is intended to provide a comparison of forage crops and to examine the soil they are growing in-USDA NRCS Soil Scientists will offer soil information relevant to the site and Cornell field crop team members will address the key points of forage crops-from planter set up to harvest issues.

April 3, 2019

The Grassfed Exchange 2019 Conference

The Grassfed Exchange Conference is a gathering of regenerative ranchers, dairymen, and sustainable food supporters from across the world who come together to network and exchange ideas. This year, the conference will be held in beautiful Santa Rosa, California from April 3-5. Experience inspiring tours of innovative dairy farms and beef ranches on April 3rd, […]

February 26, 2019

Regenerating the Soil Carbon Sponge for Flood, Drought, and Wildfire Resilience

In Didi Pershouse’s upcoming online course, “Regenerating the Soil Carbon Sponge for Flood, Drought, and Wildfire Resilience,” you will learn a step-by-step blueprint for improving soil health, public health, and resilience to extreme weather events while helping to cool the climate. Didi’s teaching style is focused on finding and conveying “the simplicity beyond complexity” via hands-on demonstrations, photographs, videos, […]

January 22, 2019

South Dakota Soil Health Coalition Soil Health Conference & Annual Meeting

The SDSHC’s vision is a collective effort to increase sustainable agriculture production through diversification and improved soil health.  Many educational events are held throughout South Dakota by the coalition yearly.  Conference attendees can expect educational-packed topics focused on rejuvenating and maintaining healthy soil ecosystems by several regional and nationally known speakers.  Anyone involved in agriculture […]

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