No-till cropping in seasonally dry environments

Long-term success for no-till farming in dry-season (brittle) climates may require using livestock to speed nutrient recycling at the soil surface.

At the Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association's January 2003 conference in Pasco, Washington, no-till farmers shared successes and challenges.

Dwayne Beck, one of the principal founders of the systemic approach to no-till cropping, said, "My goal is not to know anything about diseases, weeds, or insects."

From the bottom up

This article first appeared in Oregon Business Magazine in March 2000.

Walk down Main Street in the small town of Joseph and you're walking on new sidewalks under the light of new street lamps--part of a $3 million facelift funded mostly by state and federal grants. But you may also pass empty storefronts and businesses struggling to earn a profit.

Overgrazing: an ecosystem perspective

Why the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, the Sierra Club, and most government and development agencies advocate cures for overgrazing that can't work. Links to successful approaches that work with the ecosystem.

overgrazing Yet another cow desert: a small number of cattle use this pasture in Arizona.

Establishing perennial grasses in dryland areas

Summary: In a dry summer climate like northern California's, perennial grasses grow far more forage than annuals, but are hard to establish. Here's one way to do it.

Joy Livingwell
green field, browning hills

Portable pens for pastured poultry: designs that beat heat, wind, and rain

Summary: proper pen design makes the difference between pastured poultry failure and success.

Managing power

We are pleased to continue our serialization of Bob Chadwick's learning manuals, which help teach people to confront and resolve conflict. In issues 1-6 we reprinted Beyond Conflict to Consensus: An Introductory Learning Manual.

Australian author reveals comprehensive solutions to climate crisis

Priority One cover

Enterprise, Oregon (2007)--Biosphere Media has published a US/UK edition of Allan Yeomans's controversial book Priority One: Together We Can Beat Global Warming.

Improving rain absorption and reducing flood damage with good grazing management

The recent tragic flooding on the Imnaha and the destruction of numerous roads forces us to think about causes and remedies. After last February's flooding, a fair amount of blaming took place. A more practical and productive approach is to consider what can be done to improve the situation.

Landscape brittleness and productivity

Summary: To determine what landscapes need in order to remain healthy, we need to consider an area's biological productivity as well as its degree of brittleness.

Profiles of good stewardship


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