Tag Archives: USDA

COMET Farm Online Tool by USDA

This looks a like a really interesting and powerful tool. It’s purpose, in a nutshell, is to help producers understand and manage their operation to maximize carbon sequestration (and building soil health) and minimize energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. … Continue reading

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Secrets In The Soil

Seems I’m going to have to recant a little on my previous post. I will and do support some gov’t policy when it directly relates to the improvement and true conservation of our soil resource. Although I’m still quite opposed to mandates. … Continue reading

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Winter Grazing – Stockpiling Pasture Instead of Hay

Another well produced video by NRCS East National Technology Center- Winter Grazing – A Better Way. If you have winter pasture available this could be a viable option after you tailor the concepts to your management style, herd size, soils, and … Continue reading

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Study: “Increasing Cropping System Diversity Balances Productivity, Profitability and Environmental Health”

This link is to a very rigorous study spearheaded by USDA and university researchers in Iowa on the Marsden Farm. The publication itself is quite lengthy and I have yet to read/study all parts of it but the abstract and conclusions … Continue reading

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More on Healthy Soil & Drought – USDA’s Approach

A short video about the USDA’s approach to soil health. Of course the up front issue at the moment is drought and how healthy soils, and their resultant crops, are better able to cope. Although I work for the USDA-NRCS as … Continue reading

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