November 2018

Grazing Lands Grow More Bugs for Birds to Eat

Most ranchers have heard the saying, “what’s good for the bird is good for the herd.” New research reinforces this by showing that well-managed grazing provides more than just better habitat for sage grouse – it also produces more of the bugs that growing young birds need to eat.

Grow and Tell: Bring out the Crimp

You can look at Levi Lyle’s tractor and see that he farms smarter, not harder. With a front-mounted roller crimper and planter in tow, Levi only needs one pass to terminate cover crops and plant the seeds of his next harvest.

He’s saving time and fuel, but the other benefits are equally valuable. The thick mat of crimped cereal rye reduces erosion, improves soil health, and replaces herbicides.

Farming in the City

Did you know that 15 percent of the world’s food is grown in urban areas? From backyard community gardens to vacant lots, and along highways and on rooftops, urban farmers are bringing people closer to their food.

These farmers are growing fresh, healthy produce and, at the same time, are providing jobs, beautifying their neighborhoods, and offering access to fresh, healthy food in areas where grocery stores are sparse.

Park Your Plow: 5 Tips for the No-Till-Curious

Reduced erosion. Saved time and fuel. Improved nutrient cycling, soil moisture, and resiliency in the face of drought. You likely already know the potential benefits of no-till.

No-till farmers grow crops with minimal disturbance to their fields and the organisms that call them home. This builds healthier soils while reducing money spent on fuel and labor – a win-win.