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NRCS and the 2018 Farm Bill: What’s New

By Guest Author | December 11, 2019

When a new farm bill comes out, there is often a sinking feeling that it’s going to be a lot to swallow and maybe not all of it will be great tasting. Will the same programs be available? And if so, what will be different about them, if anything? What exactly are the programs again?

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Profiles in Land and Management – Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area

As part of our Profiles in Land and Management series, this month we highlight Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area. 4x4s and ATVs meet cattle where the California Department of Parks & Recreation seeks to reduce fire risk at this multiuse park on the San Andreas fault. Adaptive planned grazing increases perennial grasses and listed species, keeps the neighbors happy, and saves the land management agency time and money.

Living with livestock: A summer herding cattle in the Sawtooth Mountains

As I drove north and east, away from the golden California foothills that are Steinbeck country and into a Martian landscape where places went by names like “Craters of the Moon,” “Atomic City” and the “Sawtooth Mountains,” I wondered what was wrong with me.

5 things we are grateful for this Thanksgiving

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’re taking a moment to express our gratitude to some of the things that make our lives as land stewards so rewarding. Landowners and managers have a lot to be thankful for in the West.

Western Digest – November 2019

Monthly digest of news and opportunities on working lands, water and wildlife.

Succession Planning Q&A Part 3: Alternate Ownership Structures

This is the third in a series of question and answer sessions focused on succession planning between Western Landowners Alliance stewardship services director Hallie Mahowald and Howard Weiss, family office practice expert at Bank of America. If you have additional questions around succession planning that you would like to see answered in an upcoming session,…

With Purpose to Save and Savor

Although we can’t actually do all that is put before us as stewards of community, family, animals and land, I do believe we can do all of it on a scale that is meaningful. We can both save and savor in the living that we do.

Holistic Financial Planning

As holistic managers and Holistic Management educators, Andrea and I understand the importance of financial planning. But why aren’t we doing it in our own lives? What is blocking us from engaging with this powerful practice and having meaningful conversation about it with our support network and friends? We set out on a journey to find out.

Journey to Soil

Lifting soil health, building resilience and ranch performance starts with the use of all our senses. This includes tapping into our sense of wonder. We are now moving into the next phase of agriculture, what researchers are calling agro-ecological or “post-modern” agriculture. The future of agriculture requires a transformation in how we see, think, and act in the food production spaces. One in which women are poised to play essential roles.

Women in Ranching: A Herald

By rancher Aimee Danch of Pacific Grasslands. If you can hear the part of you that knows a more beautiful world is possible, then some part of you already knows what takes place during a Women in Ranching (WinR) gathering.

Profiles in Land and Management – Parker Pastures

As part of our Profiles in Land and Management series, this month we highlight Parker Pastures in Gunnison, Colorado. Since 2006, the Parker family has leveraged their skills in Holistic Management to grow a thriving business that supports their family and contributes to the health of their community.

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The Malpai Agenda for Grazing in the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Bioregions

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