Published Mar 4, 2020

Livestock and Cover Crops as a Solution to a Changing Climate

By Practical Farmers of Iowa


Monte Bottens is unwavering in his quest to incorporate livestock back onto the land. Monte farms in Illinois but works with farmers across the Midwest and western states to improve soil health and mitigate a changing climate through on-farm research.

With his team, he runs Project MOO, an integrated grazing project that develops tools, systems, management and marketing to support profitable stacked grazing enterprises. The project’s current research is looking at crop rotations, crop row widths and mobile grazing solutions for issues such as fencing, water and shade.

Monte Bottens farms near Cambridge, Illinois, and encourages farmers to integrate livestock back onto the landscape using high-diversity cover crops and on-farm research.

This farminar was recorded on March 3, 2020.