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REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE – Focused on the big picture

By Denice Rackley Agriculture practices have changed profoundly during my lifetime, the focus on regenerative practices is making giant strides toward a better future.I had a front-row seat watching diverse family farms in the Midwest slowly become replaced by large fields of monocrops. To accommodate tractors and machinery becoming increasingly larger, fence rows were plowed …

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Exploring Livestock Heat Stress Management, Mitigation and Prevention

By: Denice Rackley In the first part of this article we discussed heat stress on livestock impacting everything from feed intake and fetal mortality to meat quality. We also explored the signs of heat stress and importance of recognizing symptoms early. Management, mitigation, and prevention of heat stress symptoms are the next steps. The best …

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Heat Stress in Livestock – Recognition, Mitigation, and Prevention

Heat stress is defined as the inability to self-regulate body temperature that impacts performance and health. Humans and other mammals shiver to maintain warmth and sweat to cool off without thinking about it. The body handles small rises in temperatures on its own by increasing evaporative cooling. Adjusting breathing, increasing blood flow to the extremities …

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Multispecies Grazing – Layers of Ecological and Economic Benefits That Outweigh Challenges

By Denice Rackley Selecting livestock to complement the existing plant species growing in our pastures increases our ecological and economic sustainability. Unfortunately, most producers decide what livestock they want to raise without considering their farm. However, if we first consider our forages, land, and goals, then select the ideal livestock species and stock pastures accordingly, …

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Crop Insurance for Organic Farmers Webinar

Facebook Instagram Linkedin Twitter Jeff Schahczenski of the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) reviews the rather recent history, opportunities, and challenges of accessing high quality crop and livestock insurance for organic and transitioning to organic farmers and livestock producers. He explores ways to assess insurable risks in your county and state. Topics include revenue …

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A Tale of Two Pastures: Pasture Response to Catastrophic Events

By Justin Morris and Linda Poole, NCAT Regenerative Grazing Specialists  Did you know that pasture health and flying in an airplane are similar in some ways? If not, don’t worry; you’re not alone. A catastrophic event that happens in flight can resemble how a pasture responds following a catastrophe. Let us explain… Catastrophic events in …

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Ranching for Profit with Dallas Mount

Brought to you by NatGLC in early 2020, Dallas Mount with Ranching For Profit talks about common financial obstacles ranchers face and simple solutions to become a more sustainable ranching operation. Enjoy this free webinar from the archives!

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