Stories by Bob Hendershot

All About Grazing: Developing a grazing system could change your life

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Well, it has been just over a year ago that I retired from my job as Ohio NRCS state grassland conservationist, but I am still staying involved with grazing and forage activities. Of the different things, I had the pleasure to be involved with, I believe the development and delivery of the Ohio Grazing School […]

Evaluating pasture measurement results after the 2012 drought

Thursday, August 23, 2012

I have been measuring my weekly pasture growth for the past seven years. My initial goal was to grow as much forage as economically as possible. Dry matter target I targeted 5.5 tons of dry matter per acre, per year. I utilized the county soil survey report and the Ohio Agronomy Guide as my guide […]

How to get more out of your pastures and improve water quality on the farm

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Improving your pasture management skills will grow more forage that will have higher quality that will better feed your livestock and make you more money. A better pasture should just keep getting better year after year including: improving the environment; improving the soil, water, air, plants, and animals as well as reducing your energy requirements. […]


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About Bob

Bob Hendershot retired from the USDA NRCS as Ohio's first state grasslandc onservationist and GLCI coordinator after nearly 37 years of service. He and his wife live on a farm in Pickaway County. He is still active in grazing and sheep activities. He is a Certified Forage and Grassland Professional (AFGC) and a Certified Crop Consultant (ASA). He was named the nation's outstanding pasture conservationist in 1999 and was inducted into the Ohio State Conservationist's Hall of Fame in 1998. He is also a past president of the American Forage and Grassland Council, and recently received the Bob Evans Leadership Award for being a "champion" for forages.