There are about 3500 bison at McGinley Ranch in Nebraska. (Dr. Imani Cheers)
Growing Soil | Soil care in regenerative agriculture
The McGinley Ranch is an 80,000 acre expanse of native grasslands and waterways dotted with windmills, solar-powered wells and thousands of bison. The ranch, which is part of the Ted Turner Institute of Ecoagriculture, spans the state line between Nebraska and South Dakota and rests on top of the Ogallala Aquifer. In September 2022, I was fortunate enough to live on the ranch for a weekend and learn about the management practices the ranchers use to mimic natural land cycles, take care of the environment, and still make a profit.
I spoke to Jessica Lovitt, a ranch technician, and Mark Kossler, Vice President of Ranch Operations, about the soil management routine they use at McGinley. In this short video, they explain the difference between unhealthy industrial agriculture practices that have polluted our earth for decades, and the regenerative practices they use on their ranch. Learn how ranchers heal their pastures by creating positive interactions between their bison herds, the plants they graze on, and the soil that supports the whole ecosystem.