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Wayne Burleson, Contributing Columnist

Opinion
Apr 20, 2015
If you don’t know w h a t changes are occurring, how can you prevent or fix problems? It doesn’t matter if it’s your budget, equipment, land, family, or personal health, some monitoring effort should be formalized to help prevent and fix problems.


News
Mar 6, 2015
This Janu a r y, I spent two weeks on a dairy farm in Nicaragua. I volunteered to teach an intensive rotational grazing and electric fencing project on this farm. Early each morning, 30 cows are handmilked once a day by several workers. Pasture forage and supplemental feeding maintain the calves.
News
Mar 6, 2015
This Janu a r y, I spent two weeks on a dairy farm in Nicaragua. I volunteered to teach an intensive rotational grazing and electric fencing project on this farm. Early each morning, 30 cows are handmilked once a day by several workers. Pasture forage and supplemental feeding maintain the calves.
Opinion
Feb 6, 2015
After a recent trip to Nicaragua in Central America on a USAID Farmer-to- Farmer volunteer assignment to instruct farmers on rotational grazing and electric fencing technology, we tested some very effec tive ways to build an inexpensive grazing system.


Opinion
Feb 6, 2015
After a recent trip to Nicaragua in Central America on a USAID Farmer-to- Farmer volunteer assignment to instruct farmers on rotational grazing and electric fencing technology, we tested some very effec tive ways to build an inexpensive grazing system.
Opinion
Dec 29, 2014
The US- DA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service says we are using and losing more topsoil than the pounds of food produced each year. One reference said, “Six pounds of farmable soil is lost each year per 1 pound of food eaten.” That’s not a sustainable situation.
News
Dec 5, 2014
Everything under the sun that sits unused for a long time goes backwards, including land and people. Healthy grasslands require periodic, positive disturbance and adequate rest. This is a controlling biological law. Break any part of this law and you will have consequences.
Opinion
Nov 7, 2014
Knowing the health of any particular piece of ground— that is, what is happening on the soil surface and determining the health condition of the plants present— is important information, especially when you are about to make a major decision concerning land management.
Opinion
Oct 10, 2014
Recently, I spent some time in Africa as a USAID (United States Agency for International Development) volunteer on two farmer-to-farmer assignments, each about three weeks in length. One was in Malawi and the other took me across the central plains of Mozambique.
Opinion
Jun 6, 2014
Handsdown, growing soils is the foundation of good pasture management. I have learned that from the experimentation we have tried in our humanitarian food gardening efforts around the world. The more time we spend improving the soils, the less time spent fighting weeds, sick and diseased plants.
Opinion
Apr 11, 2014
You would think that I know a lot about how to measure grassland health, but I’m still learning. I attribute this to Allan Savory (the founder of holistic management). Allan is one of those rare individuals who challenges your thinking, and about the time that you think you have it all figured out, you find out you don’t.
Opinion
Mar 7, 2014
Last year we had a chance to visit Joel’s farm located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. At that time he was on daily moves, made handy by poly-wire fencing. He followed each move with his “Egg Mobile” where a few hundred laying hens spread his manure around and remove the bugs.
Opinion
Jan 4, 2014
When I was young and just starting out in agriculture with a few purebred horned Hereford cows, I paid very close attention to the cows, but did not concern myself at all about the health of my soils. Soils were just something that my cows walked on. Little did I know… Now roll the calendar ahead 50 years—a half century— and wow, I am a slow learner.
Opinion
Dec 6, 2013
It is a pleasure to be back at WLJ writing about one of my favorite subjects: American rangeland and pasture management. To be sure, this massive land mass is one of Americans’ most prestigious resources. There are several reasons for this statement. First off, pasturelands account for 25 percent of the U.
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