The Country Natural Beef cooperative is a group of around 100 ranches that graze cattle on 6.5 million acres of public and private land in 11 western states. (Photo by Tom Fawls/Getty Images via Canva)

Philomath-area cattle rancher Dan Barnhardt’s involvement with regenerative practices was featured in a recently published KGW story entitled, “Oregon ranching co-op launches nation’s largest ‘climate-friendly’ beef program.”

The article’s author, Kale Williams, interviewed Barnhardt, who said he’s been raising cattle on his ranch outside of Philomath his whole life. Barnhardt inherited the ranch that’s been in the family since his grandfather started working the land in the 1930s.

Williams wrote that Barnhardt hopes to one day pass the land on to his children.

“If I don’t take care of the land, I don’t take care of the soils, what am I passing on?” Barnhardt is quoted as saying. “In a farm, that’s what you pass along. The ability to grow things and so the soil is critical to that.”

Barnhardt is associated with the Country Natural Beef cooperative, a group of around 100 ranches that graze cattle on 6.5 million acres of public and private land in 11 western states. According to the KGW piece, the company recently launched a new program called Grazewell, which will use regenerative ranching practices to reduce the environmental impact of raising cattle.

Country Natural Beef Marketing Director Dan Probert said, “As far as I’m aware of, this is the largest group implementing a regenerative program at this scale. We’re wanting to move beyond sustainability. We can sustain something, but what we’re actually trying to do is make it better.”

Williams is an accomplished writer who focuses on environmental reporting with KGW. Give the story a full read at this link.

(Brad Fuqua is publisher/editor of the Philomath News. He can be reached at News@PhilomathNews.com).

Brad Fuqua, Philomath News

Brad Fuqua has covered the Philomath area since 2014 as the editor of the now-closed Philomath Express and currently as publisher/editor of the Philomath News. He has worked as a professional journalist since 1988 at daily and weekly newspapers in Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, Arizona, Montana and Oregon.