Grass, Soil, and Hope: Managing carbon for a sustainable planet

By Tom Parker Courtney White and Gail Fuller were talking the same talk but they were coming at it from different backgrounds and different geographical directions, so it was understandable that there should be some minor differences of opinion. That it centered on the sequential order of three little words was all the more remarkable [...]

Grass, Soil, and Hope: Managing carbon for a sustainable planet2016-11-04T21:46:10-06:00

Handling Cattle Without Getting Handled

Bad cows are bad influences, smart cows never forget and other insights into handling cattle for women By Tom Parker Cows are big and beefy and muscular and most women aren’t, so for the latter to manage the former it helps to not only understand how cows think and socialize, but also how cows remember [...]

Handling Cattle Without Getting Handled2016-11-04T21:46:11-06:00

Handling Cattle Without Getting Handled

Bad cows are bad influences, smart cows never forget and other insights into handling cattle for women By Tom Parker Cows are big and beefy and muscular and most women aren’t, so for the latter to manage the former it helps to not only understand how cows think and socialize, but also how cows remember [...]

Handling Cattle Without Getting Handled2016-11-04T21:46:12-06:00

Investing in Health of Soil Vital to Future of Farming

By Olivia Taylor-Puckett Workshop & Bus Tour focus on Developing Resilient, Productive Ag Land Through Use of Cover Crops and Mycorrhizal Fungi In creating the Mycorrhizal Fungi Connections workshop and Cover Crops in Action bus tour, Kansas Farmers Union hoped to open the eyes of farmers and ranchers to many different means of investing in [...]

Investing in Health of Soil Vital to Future of Farming2016-11-04T21:46:20-06:00

Mary Howell receives Mid America Ag Accolade Award

Kansas Farmers Union membership and education coordinator received Streckline’s Mid America Ag Network’s Accolade Award! Kansas Farmers Union president Donn Teske surprised Mary with the award during the lunch break of Amazing Grazing's Mycorrhizal Connections workshop in Salina. The letter accompanying the award says: Dear Mary, Good news doesn’t stay a secret long. We would [...]

Mary Howell receives Mid America Ag Accolade Award2016-07-26T11:52:51-06:00

Courtney White featured presenter at 2016 KGA Winter Grazing Conference

Courtney White, author of Grass, Soil, Hope: A Journey through Carbon Country and the recently-released Two Percent Solutions for the Planet, will join Kansas ranchers to teach and share his optimism about scientific observations and what people can do to improve the environment. White will explain how a highly efficient carbon cycle captures, stores, releases, [...]

Courtney White featured presenter at 2016 KGA Winter Grazing Conference2016-11-04T21:46:20-06:00

Amazing Grazing: From Mary’s Notebook

In September, Project Director Mary Howell led a six-day, Amazing Grazing road tour across Kansas stopping in Topeka, Salina and Courtland. The three events, featuring Bill Helming and Jim Gerrish, provided a wealth of information for more than 100 attendees – practical information which Mary hopes all livestock ranchers will ponder considering the predicted drop [...]

Amazing Grazing: From Mary’s Notebook2016-11-04T21:46:20-06:00

Soil: You Are What You Eat

By Mary Howell One hundred twenty-five people from seven countries and seventeen states gathered in Emporia for the two day workshop focusing on soil health. Attendees were treated to two of the leading authorities on soil health and cover crops, Dr. Christine Jones, Australian Soil Scientist, and Gabe Brown, North Dakota Farmer/Rancher. It was an [...]

Soil: You Are What You Eat2016-11-04T21:46:21-06:00

Eastern Kansas Grazing Wisdom: Extend Your Grazing with Cool Season Grass

Eastern Kansas farmers should rethink tall fescue for grazing, agronomist says By Tom Parker Okay, so tall fescue has a bad rap. It has, shall we say, a checkered reputation. And for good reason, too. The cool-season forage could be a livestock producer’s best friend or it could be a killer—literally—depending on circumstances. Sure, it [...]

Eastern Kansas Grazing Wisdom: Extend Your Grazing with Cool Season Grass2016-11-04T21:46:21-06:00

Economics of the Livestock Industry: Future bleak for beef industry unless changes are made, warns economist

By Tom Parker Listening to economist Bill Helming talk forecasts and demographic changes and economic trends and growth rates and market shares and income streams and—above all—fractions and whole numbers and percentages is a lot like getting tossed into a commercial clothes dryer set to permanent press. At first the momentum is dizzying as you [...]

Economics of the Livestock Industry: Future bleak for beef industry unless changes are made, warns economist2016-11-04T21:46:22-06:00