Gabe Brown has merged back-to-basics agrarian practices with innovative, science-based sustainable farming techniques on his 5,400-acre diversified family ranch for over 15 years. For decades the cropland had been conventionally farmed with tillage and the use of synthetic fertilizers and herbicides. Tillage had lowered organic matter levels to less than 2 percent. In 1993 Brown purchased a no-till drill and converted 100 percent of his cropland to no-till. Brown practices Holistic Management and employs a diverse cropping strategy on his grain and cattle operation which includes over 25 different cash and cover crops resulting in high yields and strong net profits. The Browns' evolving grazing strategy allows most of the ranch's pastures a recovery period of more than 360 days. The Natural Resources Defense Council awarded one of its 2012 Growing Green Awards to Brown and says, "Gabe's trailblazing work has made him a leader in regenerative ranch management."
Recorded Thursday, December 12, 2013