Posts by Lee Rinehart

Lee Rinehart has been writing and educating on sustainable agriculture for over 20 years. A graduate of Texas A&M University and a Program Specialist for NCAT’s ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program, his work focuses on agronomy, livestock, and grazing. Lee can be reached at 479-587-3474 or
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For the Love of the Wild: Livestock Pastures as Wildlife Habitat

By Lee Rinehart / April 4, 2022

Our agricultural landscapes are habitat for wildlife, and we have a large toolbox of practices that can help us be better stewards of our land and all its inhabitants. One of these tools is adaptive grazing. Farmers, ranchers, and researchers have come to understand the functionality of ecosystems on farms is largely dependent on plant…

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Independent Farmers Explore Seaweed for a Marine Based Economy

By Lee Rinehart / April 6, 2020

There are now opportunities for entrepreneurially-minded people to enter the seaweed farming business and have a chance to succeed.  The article is part two of a two-part series on ocean aquaculture. In part one, we learned about Bren Smith’s system of regenerative, multispecies ocean farming with sugar kelp and shellfish. Here, Todd Jagoutz, co-founder of Sea…

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Developing a community of ocean farmers for healthy seas, healthy food, and healthy economies

By Lee Rinehart / October 7, 2019

Small-scale ocean farming is restorative and provides valuable ecosystem services through nutrient extraction and carbon sequestration. There are opportunities to put skilled, entrepreneurial people to work for a more sustainable, less exploiting use of the sea. I boarded the skiff with my camera strapped to my neck to keep it from plunging into the depths…

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Add Diversity to Your Pastures with Multispecies Grazing

By Lee Rinehart / January 14, 2019

Much has been written on diversity of crops, forages, and soil biology but the diversity of grazing species is just as important. “The presence of multiple species of large herbivores is the typical condition of grassland and savanna ecosystems,” says John Walker, a range ecologist who wrote on the subject more than two decades ago…

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Building Healthy Pasture Soils

By Lee Rinehart / June 28, 2018

The following article is an excerpt from the factsheet “Building Healthy Pasture Soils” available in full at and can be downloaded as a free PDF at the website, along with many other guides and resources.   Let’s consider the agricultural practices that help build healthy soil. In essence, we want to increase aggregation, contribute soil organic matter, increase biodiversity,…

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Building Healthy Pasture Soils

By Lee Rinehart / October 2, 2017

Focus on biology to build resilient soils that sustain production and deliver profitable yields with reduced inputs.   Soil fertility in pastures goes well beyond a simple discussion of soil samples, fertilizers, and the nutrients needed to produce high yields.  Rather, soil health is an ecosystem concept: it is holistic and complex, and involves regenerative,…

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