The Most Important Grazing Management Strategy to Date

By |February 27th, 2016|

  The Most Important Grazing Management Strategy to Date
By Troy Bishopp 

Andre Voisin developed the theory of rational grazing. Darrell Emmick gave us prescribed grazing.  Jim Gerrish coined the phenomenon of management intensive grazing.  Greg Judy sparked the practice of mob grazing and  fathered the worldwide application of holistic planned grazing.  So what will the Grass Whisperer’s legacy grazing system be in Wikipedia?  I’ve come up with a term that is long over do:  It’s called “Linger Grazing” or perhaps “Linger Farming Systems”.

This revolutionary idea came at the expense of my friend and fellow grazing aficionado, Nathan Weaver, [...]

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    Winter Green-Up Conference Receives Slantwise Logic from Chip Hines

Winter Green-Up Conference Receives Slantwise Logic from Chip Hines

By |February 27th, 2016|

Winter Green-Up Conference Receives Slantwise Logic
By Troy Bishopp
Latham, NY – To the casual observer, The Century House on Route 9 in the heart of the Capital District resembled a Hollywood movie set, complete with cowboys, rock-star chefs, writers, directors and a packed house of spectators. Here in farm country, we are used to this spectacle as the handiwork of nationally acclaimed leaders of the 8th Annual Winter Green-Up Grass-Fed Conference, Morgan Hartman and Tom Gallagher.

This year’s theme corralled the topics of farm profitability, land stewardship, soil carbon, grazing management, meat quality & consistency, cattle genetics of place, [...]

The New American Farmer

By |February 19th, 2016|

The New American Farmer

By Troy Bishopp

Hamilton, N.Y. – Students equipped with their smartphones and tablets packed a lecture room at Colgate University to learn about, of all things: The new American farmer.  Dr. Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern, Assistant Professor of Food Studies from Syracuse University’s Falk College gave a perspective and presented research about Latino immigrant farmworkers striving to become farm owners.  According to the USDA Ag Census, this is the largest population of new farmers entering agriculture.

In her lecture: “The New American Farmer: Agrarian Questions, Race, and Immigration”, the Cornell graduate explored the significance of farmworkers and other first-generation Latino [...]

2 Powerful Words for 2016

By |February 12th, 2016|

2 Powerful Words for 2016

By Troy Bishopp

January always opens up with folks coming down with resolution fever. A resolution is defined as a firm decision to do or not to do something.  Being resolute describes someone who is determined in character, action, or ideas.  For the New Year, I’m determined to adopt a new, positive direction that is sorely lacking in our culture.  The resolution of conveying often, the two most powerful words in our vocabulary:  Thank you.

Before you get my impression of these two simple words, I have to share what precipitated this call to action. For my [...]

A Question All Farmers Should Answer

By |February 12th, 2016|

A Question All Farmers Should Answer
By Troy Bishopp

If you haven’t already heard by now, climate change is on the minds of many New Yorkers, and the world. This has spurred community based leaders and elected officials to open up the (our) coffers in an attempt to research, educate and stem the tide of Mother Nature’s finger-pointing for our years of environmental, financial and social behavior.  Why?  So we can become a more resilient state.

The earth’s condition has inspired me to educate myself at resiliency summits and agricultural meetings to try and separate fact from hysteria; all the while [...]

Heartwood

By |December 22nd, 2015|

Heartwood

By Troy Bishopp

Six years ago I wrote a very personal reflection about farm monuments. (http://onpasture.com/2014/05/26/farm-monuments/)  In it I described our massive, 100 year old Elm tree’s resilience and strength coming from its foundational heartwood.  Even though Dutch elm disease and a lightning strike claimed her life, she has provided a standing testament of perseverance and hope as I acknowledge her morning silhouette every morning from my window.  Author Hal Borland aptly said, “Knowing trees makes you appreciate patience”.

Back then I wrote, “It looks as though this giving tree will remain despite all the forces to knock her over. This [...]


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