The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is scaling up its Soil for Water project to support livestock producers and farmers across seven southern states and Montana. The project builds off their successful peer-to-peer network of Texas ranchers who implemented innovative grazing techniques to improve soil and increase profitability. The effort combines appropriate technology, peer-to-peer learning, and on-farm monitoring to encourage regenerative agricultural practices. Soil for Water aims to reach hundreds of family-owned farms and ranches. They intend to create a network of producers who prosper by applying land management practices that improve soil health, catch more water in the soil, reduce erosion, sustain diverse plant and animal life and filter out pollutants. Read more in this article from the National Center for Appropriate Technology.
Livestock have the ability to improve soil health, and healthy soil holds more water. We know that as more producers adopt regenerative methods, significant economic, environmental and social benefits can be realized.”NCAT Regenerative Grazing Specialist and Montana project lead Linda Poole, who also raises sheep in Phillips County.