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Why Bother With T-posts? How Costa Rica Adjusted My Attitude

By   /  April 27, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  3 Comments

As an Agricultural Sciences student at Oregon State University, my brain is nearly always marinating in sustainable agroecosystem concepts. I fall asleep with thoughts meandering between pollinator concerns, cover-cropping, soil microbes, grazing, and how in the world I fit into the overall picture. I bore my family to death with intricate details of grass growth […]

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Adapting to Drought – Lessons That Lead to Success

By   /  April 27, 2020  /  Money Matters, Start Ups  /  Comments Off on Adapting to Drought – Lessons That Lead to Success

In my February article, A Start-Up Grazier Shares Lessons Learned, I outlined several lessons we have learned in the early years of our cattle operation. Kathy asked that I share more details about each of the lessons from that first article to cover more of the challenges and solutions we developed along the way. Lesson […]

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Are Your Livestock Genetics in Balance With Your Forage?

By   /  April 6, 2020  /  Livestock  /  1 Comment

Selection of production traits that exceed the capacity of the production environment may not increase output, but will increase costs. Now that is a very thought-provoking statement, but its meaning is not hard to understand. If you have bred for more and more production per animal and have not developed the pasture resources to support […]

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Revitalizing Soil With Paper

By   /  February 3, 2020  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  3 Comments

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 […]

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Only the Learners Survive – Thoughts on How to Be One of Them

By   /  November 19, 2018  /  Consider This  /  1 Comment

This is a quote from Eric Hoffer who was known as the longshoreman philosopher. Mr. Hoffer has been dead since 1983 but these words are more applicable today than when he wrote them. Those of us, who a few years ago began to realize that the “learned” were being no help to us at all, […]

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