Integrate Livestock Where Possible
Introducing livestock into cropping systems, or managing perennial pasture or forage with animals, can enhance the biological component of the soil, build organic matter by promoting below ground biomass, and aid in nutrient cycling.
Establishing adapted and/or compatible species, varieties, or cultivars of herbaceous species suitable for pasture, hay, or biomass production.
This practice is also used for: Minimize Disturbance, Maximize Living Roots
The timely cutting and removal of forages from the field as hay, green-chop, or ensilage.
Managing the harvest of vegetation with grazing and/or browsing animals in a manner that prioritizes both animal and pasture health; including practices such as management-intensive rotational grazing; establishing native species, swath and bale grazing, stockpiling cool-season forage, etc.
Establishing trees and/or shrubs with compatible forages on the same acreage.
This practice is also used for: Minimize Disturbance, Maximize Living Roots, Energize with Biodiversity, Keep Soil Covered
HOW do farmers join the Million Acre Challenge?
Filling out a self-assessment survey enrolls farmers in the challenge and gives them access to tools to track their progress toward healthy soils knowledge and management.