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Allen Williams

The fallacy of ‘feeding the world’

Most grain isn’t going to people by Allen Williams When you ask American farmers what they are doing on their farms, they will often tell you they are “feeding the world”. This is stated with considerable pride. We feel we are doing the world a huge favor through the sacrifices we make as farmers. We […]

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How a sorghum-sudan mix saved our summer

By Daniel Olson Every so often, you need a win. You know what I mean: just when you feel like the elements and the elected are conspiring against you, by some stroke of luck and timing you actually get it right and have an uncontested success. That’s what a sorghum-sudangrass mix was for us last […]

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What to tell environmentalists about cows

Latest research shows that good grazing is good for the planet By Allen Williams and Russ Conser Somewhere along the road, cattle got a bad rap. Just when the fear that eating animal fats will kill you appears to be fading, concern is growing that cattle are intrinsically bad for the planet. So, it’s refreshing […]

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Doing what it takes to build soil health

Breitkreutzes up their game with covers and grazing Redwood Falls, Minnesota — Most cash grain growers in the Upper Midwest run big equipment across thousands of acres of GMO corn and soybeans and maybe — just maybe — feed out some of those crops to feedlot cattle or confinement hogs. Often it doesn’t get much […]

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For love of trees

A Wisconsin dairyman sees advantages to planting them in his pastures By Dylan Paris Platteville, Wisconsin — Don Austin just likes trees. Over the past 30 years the veteran dairy grazier has planted hundreds of them along property boundaries and interior fences, next to cattle lanes and in the midst of pastures. Oaks and elms, […]

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Book review: The Art and Science of Grazing

By Joel McNair Seldom do I write reviews of books that have to do with grazing. Too many espouse particular points of view that apply only to a certain subset of grass-based farmers. Others are fluffy tomes that aim to affirm readers’ beliefs of what’s right and wrong. More than a few are written mainly […]

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