Clay Pope is a farmer and rancher from Loyal, Okla., and is working as a consultant to the USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub. He also serves on as a board member of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Assn. He is former executive director of the Oklahoma Assn. of Conservation Districts.
Producers should try to reduce methane levels from livestock, by improving feed conversion efficiency to reduce the amount of feed consumed, says Clay Pope. But we also need to understand that cattle, sheep, chickens and pigs are not the villains some people make them out to be.
I know it’s hard to think about insects and other pests during the middle of the winter. But as the weather begins to warm we’ll again be inundated with bugs of all kinds. Furthermore, as the global temperature has slowly increased, so has the range of insect pests.
Recently while perusing the internet for blog ideas I happened to come across an article concerning research conducted at the University of Minnesota about trying to find the perfect balance between improving cattle comfort and the practicality of how to do it.
As someone who has now clocked over thirty years of working with farmers and ranchers (and agriculture organizations) on multiple natural resource issues and policies, I can tell you from my experience that people’s opinions on climate change seem to break down roughly into one of four categories.
‘Well crap’ has kind of been my attitude these last few days. For those of you who don’t know, a large chunk of the part of Oklahoma where I live in has been under siege this week from a highly unusual late October ice storm.
Large swaths of the Southern Plains are facing increasingly dry conditions, coming in on the heels of an extended growing season that included late July/early August rains. Clay Pope says now’s the time to be thinking about a plan to protect your farm and ranch from wildfire.
Clay Pope shares some studies that show how soil health practices implemented in priority watersheds can result in improvements in water quality while also reducing greenhouse gases. Pope also shares a new tool from American Farmland Trust that can help folks involved in conservation work more easily identify how much of a positive impact soil health practices are having in helping mitigate climate change.
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