The Heat is On

Without Education, the Promise of Climate-Smart Farm Practices Will Wilt on the Vine By Allen Williams, Ph.D. The digital screen displayed 162 F. I pointed my infrared thermometer and squeezed the trigger again. No change. The readout showed 162 F, which just happens to be the safe food preparation temperature for ground beef and sausage. …

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My Mother Could’ve Been Right, or How to Beat a Drought

When I was growing up, my mother had a lot of “sayings.” One was, “You would be presented with a lesson until you learned it.” At that point, she’d give me another lesson. When I was considering subjects for this article, I realized with a sense of weariness, that this particular saying was especially relevant …

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The Future of Food

Part of my role as a partner in Understanding Ag is to keeping up to date on the trends in agriculture, staying abreast of what is “new” in agriculture-and what the industry and investors are focused on. I spend a lot of my time talking to the boards of directors of food and agriculture companies, …

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Changing the Way You See Things – Part 2

I concluded my last post by asking if we can overdo our nurturing management (“all things in moderation”), so that it then becomes an overwhelming disturbance which outpaces the current capability of the soil to tolerate the impact? And instead of enhancing the soil biology, it then becomes deadly to it? That’s the very thing …

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Changing the Way You See Things – Part 1

As farmers and ranchers, we tend to be a bit stubborn and set in our ways. This leads us to operating our farms and ranches in basically the same way year after year. We use the same crop rotation, we graze the same pasture at the same time each year, and so on. I used …

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The Beauty of Working With Creation, Not Against It

One of the true joys of getting to work with so many farmers and ranchers as they move down the regenerative path is watching as they learn how to work in synchrony with nature. It’s especially gratifying when they send along letters that describe their regenerative experiences, like the one I recently received from Daniel …

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Understanding Ag works with a significant number of gardening operations around the U.S. and has developed several helpful tips for regenerative gardening that you and your garden can benefit from, too. I hope you’ll consider incorporating many of these regenerative principles and practices in your garden this year. When you do so on a planned, …

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It’s Time to Get on with the Business of Regeneration

As a regenerative farmer and consultant, I see the enormous potential of restoring the health of our living and life-giving soil. However, I also see the potential for regenerative agriculture to become a broad and misleading brush by which some companies can disingenuously greenwash their sustainability efforts, confuse consumers and devalue the currency of legitimate …

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U.S. Army Captain Prepares for Second Career of Service – as a Regenerative Farmer

Pictured here is the De Leon family: Gil and Holly, with children Emanuel, Iliana, Celina, Christian, Valentina and Mariana. For Gilberto (Gil) De Leon, life is all about “service.” A U.S. Army Captain (promotable) with more than 17 years in military uniform, and multiple tours as a combat arms officer in Afghanistan and Iraq with …

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Adaptive Grazing Rules – Part 3

The Three Rules of Adaptive Stewardship TM have been proven to work in every region of North America and in many other parts of the world.  Results are similar relative to differences in soil type, precipitation, temperature, and other environmental differences.  The KEY to successful adaptive grazing is KEEN OBSERVATION.  Since adaptive grazing is not …

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