ECHOcommunity Updates

Digging Deeper: Rotational Grazing 2016-07-15

Since 2014, the ECHO Farm in North Ft. Myers, Florida has been upgrading and expanding its pastures using the managed, rotational, intensive grazing model. With paddocks sub-divided by electric fencing, cows and goats are moved regularly and systematically from intensively grazed plots to fresh, recovered sections of pasture. This regular rotation prevents overgrazing and enables a healthy rapid recovery of each grazed cell.

This rotational grazing model was recently taught at ECHO by Andre Houssney, a farmer and international development worker. Additionally, TreCates, a 2015 conference plenary speaker representing the Savory Institute (co-founded by Allan Savory), shared about Holistic Land Management. This sustainable grazing system is being widely applied toward the restoration of the world’s grasslands.

Rotational Grazing: Cows at the ECHO Global FarmMaking use of our new grazing facility and other farm resources, during September 20-13, 2016, ECHO will be hosting the Introduction to Small-Scale Livestock Production in the Tropics workshop. Besides sharing the basics of managed, rotational, intensive grazing, other topics will include deep-litter pig systems, production of silage and other feeds, forage plant identification, animal health and harvesting.

Register for this event today!

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Upcoming events

Small-scale Livestock Production in the Tropics
Tue, 20 September 2016 » Fri, 23 September 2016

ECHO Global Farm, USA

Integrating animals into the small farm offers many opportunities for enhancing food production, ecosystem stability and socio-economic resilience.  Livestock and poultry are considered extremely important components of sustainable smallholder farming systems, providing a range of valuable resources to farmers throughout the tropics in the form of food, income, manure and other services.     This Small-Scale Livestock Production TAD will expose participants to the foundational principle...

ECHO West Africa Francophone Forum 2016
Tue, 27 September 2016 » Thu, 29 September 2016

Pacific Hotel Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

We are pleased to inform you that the next ECHO forum on sustainable agriculture is expected in Ouagadougou in September 2016. This ECHO forum aims to strengthen the capacity of people struggling against hunger and poverty by serving the poor in Africa. Plenary sessions will be conducted for three mornings by resource persons and will be followed by workshops in the afternoon. Focus groups will be led by regional agricultural officials and experts, including yourself if you have ideas to s...

ECHO Central America / Caribbean Agriculture and Community Development Conference
Tue, 27 September 2016 » Thu, 29 September 2016

Hotel Best Western Las Mercedes, Nicaragua

            We hope that you will make plans to join us for this year's conference.  The event brings together some of the region’s most influential voices dedicated to eradicating hunger and improving lives. Speakers will share practical solutions to agricultural challenges, personal experiences and strategies for improving the lives of those who work hard to provide adequate food for themselves and their communities. The event offers an open exchange of information,...

Best Practices in Highland Areas Symposium
Tue, 1 November 2016 » Thu, 3 November 2016

Internantional Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Ethiopia

We have the pleasure to inform you that an ECHO East Africa Highlands Symposium II entitled “ Best practices of sustainable agriculture and livestock in highlands” will take place at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa from 1st-3rd November 2016. The call for presentations is now out; please send your submission to and also as an online submission with the following link: The deadline...

ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2016
Tue, 15 November 2016 » Thu, 17 November 2016

Crowne Plaza Hotel and The ECHO Global Farm, United States

Welcome Delegates: LAUNCH CONFERENCE WEBSIT This year marks the 23rd Anniversary of the ECHO International Agriculture Conference held in Fort Myers, FL!  We hope that you will make plans to join us for this year's conference.  The event brings together some of the world’s most influential voices dedicated to eradicating hunger and improving lives. Speakers will share practical solutions to agricultural challenges, personal experiences and strategies for improving the lives of millio...

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