“Time to Rethink Our Food System”

Gabe Brown and Shane NewA trip to the local grocery store today turns up many empty shelves—a sight that most Americans have not seen before.  This is just one of a myriad of ramifications of the coronavirus outbreak. Without a doubt, this will affect us for months to come.  But we feel this puts a spotlight …

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The Unintended Consequences of Pesticides

Allen R Williams, Ph.D.Understanding Ag, LLC Continuing the discussion around unintended consequences, all we have to do is look around us and the evidence is staring us in the face. We simply have to recognize and acknowledge the facts before us.  In the process of doing that though, we also have to admit that we …

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New Poll - Regenerative Ag Benefits Include Peace of Mind

New Poll: Regenerative Ag Benefits Include ‘Peace of Mind’

By Ron Nichols, SHA/UA Communications Consultant Under the heading of “In case you needed even more reasons to switch to regenerative farming,” a recent poll conducted by South Dakota State University indicates that a significantly higher percentage of farmers who are using soil health-improving practices in their operations experience less stress, are more satisfied with farming and …

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The Unintended Consequences of Fake Meat

The Unintended Consequences of Fake Meat

Allen R Williams, Ph.D., SHA Instructor & Co-Founder Consumers are currently being bombarded with commercials and ads for various forms of what I term “fake meat.” Curiously, many who are manufacturing and selling these products, as well as their supporters, prefer to call them “clean proteins.” The ads appear to be almost everywhere—on the TV, …

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The Unintended Consequences of Poor Soil Health

The Unintended Consequences of Poor Soil Health

By Allen R Williams, Ph.D.Understanding Ag, Partner & Consultant The Year 2019 presented numerous challenges to farmers and grazers, and consumers.  Among them were significant flooding, dust storms, cyanobacteria (algal) blooms, prevent planting, glyphosate residue issues, and fake meats.  Any one of these challenges is a serious enough issue to deal with, but all of …

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The Unintended Consequences of Conventional Ag

By Allen R Williams, Ph.D.Understanding Ag, Partner & Consultant Farming and food production have become hot-button issues today and can be a very confusing subject for consumers to sort out.  Farming practices and food production have been linked to a number of things that consumers are concerned about including climate change, harmful runoff, animal welfare, …

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‘It Can’t Be Done Here’ and Other Regenerative Lessons from the Heart of the Dust Bowl

Michael “Storm” Casper, Understanding Ag, LLC. We farm in southeast Colorado, in the state’s semi-arid, 15-inch rainfall area.  The elevation is around 4,500 feet and our relative humidity is dry most of the time.  Typical dryland crop rotations include wheat, grain sorghum, summer fallow.  Corn is also grown on dryland along with various other crops …

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value of your farms carbon

What’s the real value of your farm’s carbon? Let’s do the math.

By Shane New and Gabe BrownUnderstanding Ag, LLC There is a lot of talk going around rural America about paying farmers and ranchers to sequester carbon. Given the current low commodity prices, more money flowing to rural America would be welcome. But, what is that carbon really worth? We decided to do the math. Oil …

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Time for change: The compelling case for regenerative agriculture

Gabe Brown, Understanding Ag, LLC You cannot pick up a farm magazine, listen to a farm radio program, or talk to an agri-business spokesperson without hearing the words “regenerative agriculture.” But what is regenerative agriculture and why is it creating such interest?Merriam-Webster dictionary defines regeneration as, “a renewal or restoration of a biological system after …

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Do Cover Crops Pay

Do Cover Crops Pay?

By Kent Solberg, Understanding Ag, LLCWe have all seen the articles and heard the claims: Cover crops have many great benefits. However, from land grant universities to rural cafes people are asking “Yeah, but do cover crops pay?” In other words, is there an immediate return on investment? You should know that what you are …

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