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Integrating Livestock into Cropping Systems

This select session of the Young Farmers Conference was live streamed on our Facebook page on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at Stone Barns Center.

Mimicking Nature: Integrating Livestock into Perennial and Annual Cropping Systems

Integrating livestock into cropping practices can foster profound benefits to soil health, crop quality, ease (and enjoyment) of farming, biodiversity and profitability. This practice enables the farm to more effectively mimic nature by enhancing ecosystem processes like water and mineral cycles. Additionally, substantial reductions in off-site fertility, farm labor, tractor use and fossil fuel consumption are the norm in farms that intelligently integrate livestock into their cropping practices. This presentation gives particular attention to the role of holistic design in creating successful farming practices.

Speakers: Kelly Mulville, Paicines Ranch

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