Every Acre

The Official Farm Blog

Back on the ranch with Travis Krause of Grazing Lands

January 26th, 2022

Travis Krause is the CEO and Co-Founder of Grazing Lands, a regenerative agriculture business working to build a healthier and more sustainable ranching industry. We are so excited to partner with Grazing Lands as one of Farm’s first collaborators, and wanted you to get to know one of the bright minds making it happen. We sat down with Travis to talk about sustainable land management, his path as a lifelong rancher, and helping to create a decentralized regenerative economy for U.S. agriculture....

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The future is rock dust

January 19th, 2022

At Zumwalt Acres, a regenerative farm in Central Illinois, a team of farmers, scientists, and environmental activists are trying out a new approach. Basalt, which is a calcium- and magnesium-rich silicate rock, has an alkalizing effect similar to lime and can be spread onto fields using the same infrastructure that corn and soybean farmers in the area already use for lime and fertilizers. But basalt also happens to have a very high carbon sequestration potential, meaning it can capture and store large volumes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Zumwalt Acres is one of just a few research sites currently conducting field trials with basalt, but early results indicate incredible possibilities for its role in global climate change mitigation....

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Can reforestation really solve climate change?

January 12th, 2022

In some eco-regions, forests are a significant carbon sink. This means they capture and store carbon dioxide molecules from the atmosphere so they are no longer floating around trapping heat. In a forest, atmospheric carbon is absorbed via photosynthesis into biomass (leaves, roots, trunks, branches), dead organic matter, and surrounding soil. Unfortunately, mass deforestation — losses totaling about a billion acres since 1990 per the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) — has meant huge volumes of CO2 released into the atmosphere, and opportunities for reabsorption literally razed to the ground....

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