The term regenerative agriculture often accompanies conversation around grass-fed beef. Why are they so interconnected? Below we share four very important reasons.
For Improving Soil Health: Regenerative agriculture practices, such as rotational grazing and cover cropping, can improve soil health by increasing soil organic matter, promoting soil biodiversity, and reducing soil erosion. This is important because healthy soils are essential for growing nutrient-rich grass, which is the foundation of a grass-fed food system.
Reducing Input Costs: Regenerative agriculture practices can help reduce input costs, such as fertilizers and pesticides, by using natural systems to enhance soil fertility and control pests. This is important for ranchers who are committed to running grass-fed operations as they often operate on tight margins and need to keep input costs low to remain profitable.
Increase Ranch Resilience: Regenerative agriculture practices can help increase the resilience of ranchlands against climate change and other environmental stresses. For example, practices like cover cropping and intercropping can help conserve water and build soil health, which can help farms withstand droughts and other extreme weather events.
Improve Animal Welfare: Regenerative agriculture practices can also improve animal welfare by providing livestock with a natural and diverse diet, ample space to move and graze, and reduced exposure to harmful chemicals and pesticides.
By adopting these practices, our ranchers can produce high-quality, nutritious food while also promoting environmental sustainability and animal welfare. For American Farmers Network, regenerative agriculture practices are mission critical and ensure we are producing food that is better for you, better for the animals and better for our planet.
For American Farmers Network, regenerative agriculture practices are essential to ensure we are taking care of the animals, our ranchers and those that enjoy our humanely raised grass-fed beef.