Why support regenerative agriculture

With so many labels being applied to food these days, including organic, GMO-free, free-range, pasture-based, etc., it can be confusing for consumers to make food choices. Regenerative agriculture has become one of the fastest growing trends to hit the food industry and for good reason. Farmers and consumers alike are coming to value the...

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Integrating crops and livestock

Whether you have your own livestock or can partner with a neighbor who does, you may find it profitable to set up grazing on some of your crop fields. Most often, this involves grazing cover crops in late fall and/or early spring. Some of the “cereal grain” type cover crops such as cereal rye,...

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Finding solutions

Just like your clients, you may find this whole area of regenerative agriculture a bit complex because there are so many different ideas about what works. Start by picking a particular practice to develop your expertise in and seek out your own experiences, taking particular advantage of opportunities to hear from farmers having success...

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New business opportunities

Many farm advisors, whether working as independent consultants or for larger companies, are finding new business opportunities related to soil health and regenerative agriculture. Depending on the type of business you have, you might find there are new services you can be providing your clients. Examples of such opportunities include: Providing soil health sampling...

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Helping your clients

An increasing number of farmers are seeking guidance on how to implement regenerative practices on their farms. Here are some tips on how you can help your clients: Connect your client to other farmers who have had success with the practice being considered; it is ideal if they are nearby but even another farmer...

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Communicating the essentials

There are so many choices with some regenerative practices that it can be a bit overwhelming for farmers and landowners alike. We suggest you work with your clients by starting simple, such as taking an individual field or pasture and doing some trials to see what works for them. Very importantly, connect your clients...

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What is sustainable agriculture

How do you make a farm or ranch more sustainable? There is no single answer, but SARE’s 8 episode “What is Sustainable Agriculture” animation series highlights some common practices farmers and ranchers across the country use to improve profitability, quality of life and environmental stewardship.

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Adoption of soil health systems (USDA Census of Agriculture)

Read this Progress Report: Adoption of Soil Health Systems Based on Data from the 2017 U.S. Census of Agriculture to learn about current trends in cover crop and no-till usage in the United States.

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Quail habitat management

Read recommendations on managing fields for quail from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

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Agroforestry: Silvopasture

This video created by Mizzou’s Center for Agroforestry describes silvopasature, the intentional combination of trees, forage and livestock managed as a single practice. This video discusses the benefits of sivolpastoral practice, looks at planning and design considerations, and presents key management requirements to implement a succesful silvopastoral practice.

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