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Carbon Markets for Pastures and Rangelands Virtual Workshop

 

September 14, 2020

9 AM PST

We hosted a virtual conversation about carbon markets in June. Wow, did we learn a lot! First, this is a hot topic. The webinar was well attended with more than 100 registrants. The questions were specific and detailed. Second, we learned that a carbon or ecosystem service market hasn’t been figured out yet for rangelands/grasslands. We believe there is so much potential in rangelands for carbon sequestration, improving ecosystem health, and increasing biodiversity. There is also so much to learn. 

But we don’t know enough. Let’s learn more together.This workshop is designed to bring carbon market and ecosystem services thought leaders together to exchange ideas, to listen, and imagine how we can all work together to activate change, and awareness, around the important role rangelands/grasslands could play in carbon sequestration and climate health.

Moderators

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Dr. Paul Zorner is Chief Agronomist and CEO Emeritus of Locus Agricultural Solutions® (Locus AG). Locus AG is an agricultural technology B Corporation® (B Corp™) with innovative microbial “probiotic” solutions that improve soil health to increase crop productivity, accelerate crops’ ability to sequester atmospheric carbon in soils and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Paul has held R&D, operating and leadership positions with large agribusinesses and venture-backed startups including BASF, Dow Chemical, Mycogen Corp (acquired by Corteva) and Diversa Corp. He has dedicated his career to supporting global food supply, improving the nutritional content of food, and advocating for agricultural systems that support the economic and environmental health of rural communities.

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Abbey Smith serves as the Savory Global Network Coordinator. She is also the director of the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management. The Jefferson Center is the  Savory Network Hub serving Northern California and Nevada as well as farmers and ranchers in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.She spent time in South Africa living with families on holistically managed cattle farms after graduating magna cum laude from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in animal science and a focus in communications and ethnic studies. She attended graduate school at the University of Nevada, Reno where she received a master’s degree in interactive journalism. She grew up on a commercial cattle ranch in Indian Valley, in Plumas County, California. Her loving, large, loud family has lived in the valley for seven generations. Family is a source of joy for her. Her goal in life is to create a beautiful world for her daughter, Maezy, and son Sam, which is why she is working to advance Holistic Management. Living in the rural community of Surprise Valley, California and being involved in a global organization is a dream come true. Abbey serves on the Surprise Valley Education Foundation board and is involved in local food groups. She enjoys doing yoga, gardening, running trails and hiking with her children. She loves that her work with the Savory Institute and Savory Global Network allows her to travel the world with her children to beautiful (with rich health and biodiversity) places on Earth, and be part of a global community (that feels more like a family) working to regenerate land and communities through Holistic Management.

Panelists

• Aldyen Donnelly, Nori

• Nicole Lederer,www.e2.org

• Jim Strickland, Florida Rancher

• Jason Rowntree, MSU

• Paige Stanley, UC Berkeley

• Rina Singh- EVP Alternative Fuels Coalition

•Pankaj Trivedi, Colorado State University

• Chris Kerston or David Rizzo,  Savory Land to Market and EOV

• Byron Palmer, Grounded Grasslands owner and rancher, California

• Andrea Malmberg, Savory Field Professional, EOV Master Verifier, rancher, Oregon

PREVIOUS WEBINARS

Women Led Livestock Businesses

 

August 21, 2020

9 AM PST

Being part of Women in Ranching is an amazing force of good in my life. Even before we were joined through the Women in Ranching circle at TomKat Ranch in Pescadero, California, Beth and Cole were two women who I deeply admired and respected. We met through our work with the Savory Institute, and the regenerative agriculture community on the West Coast of the United States.  They are entrepreneurs, they are holistic managers, they’ve started and managed livestock businesses. They sing, play guitar and have the most beautiful laughs and smiles. 

If you are keen to learn how to get started with livestock enterprises as a woman (or a man), please join us for a fun, enlightening and unforgettable hour with two leaders who are shaping the future of livestock agriculture.

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A self-deemed ‘urban shepherdess’, Brittany Cole Bush, AKA Cole is a regenerative agriculture and land management specialist. Cole aids in the development of prescribed grazing programs for public safety and ecological enhancement. She also specializes in building stacked agricultural enterprises and is the Owner/Operator of Shepherdess Holistic Hides, working with byproducts from the meat industry to produce luxury homegoods. She is also spearheading the launch of a start-up prescribed grazing business, Shepherdess Land & Livestock Co. to serve the Ojai Valley, in support of the community’s wildfire resiliency. Her on-the-ground experience includes the development and implementation of large-scale prescribed grazing programs in the Bay Area of California as the Project Manager for​Star Creek Land Stewards (SCLS), a premier contract grazing operation in Los Banos, CA. During her tenure with SCLS from 2012-2016, she oversaw contract grazing programs impacting over 2,000 acres of private and public lands on an annual basis for vegetation management, ecosystems services, fire fuel load reduction, invasive species management, and biological enhancement, using upwards of 2,400 head of sheep and goats in over six counties. Clients include private land owners & managers, public agencies and municipalities such as: CalTrans, PG&E, East Bay Regional Parks District, East Bay Municipalities, Santa Clara and San Mateo Parks & Recreation, the City of Lincoln, and a number of land trusts throughout the greater Bay Area, CA. 

Cole’s academic background is in Agroecology and Sustainable Development and she received a Bachelor's degree from University of California, Santa Cruz. Additional studies include: Urban Planning at the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley; Architecture at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City; and extensive technical training leading to accreditation as an Accredited Holistic Management Field Professional & Educator with the Savory Institute.

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Beth is the fourth generation of her family to steward the Lazy R Ranch, located just west of Spokane, WA. She moved home and began managing the business with her dad, Maurice, in 2010, after completing her studies at Western Washington University. She went on to earn her MBA at Bainbridge Graduate Institute, a small independent business school dedicated to using the tools of business for environmental and social good. Beth is also the co-founder of LINC Foods, a worker-farmer-owned cooperative food hub based in Spokane. Beth became the first second generation certified Holistic Management educator in 2015 after completing her training in Extremadura, Spain, with Byron Shelton. She has had the honor of teaching and studying holistic management in Turkey, Mexico, and throughout the United States. Along with fellow Holistic Management practitioner, Sandra Matheson, Beth is a co-facilitator of the New Cowgirl Camp, a 5 day intensive course for women interested in learning the ins and outs of regenerative ranching. Beth is married to her high school sweetheart, Matt (who is now a school teacher) and is the proud step-mama to Matt’s 18-year-old kiddo, Audrey. Beth is a very mediocre yodeler but this does not discourage her in the slightest.

How farmers, ranchers, land owners and managers could use EOV

 

July 24, 2020

9 AM PST

Working with complex systems like land, requires a different approach to management, control and planning. And monitoring.

The Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV) program is called the “scorecard for the land.” Developed by the Savory Institute with many global partners, it is a data-backed program that quantifies the health of the land. Lagging and leading indicators are monitored. We jumped in early to be part of the development of EOV because we believe it empowers farmers and ranchers with hard data showing the outcomes of their management.

As the regenerative movement continues to expand, the opportunities presented to those who have data-backed evidence of their regenerative outcomes, also expand.

Join EOV Master Verifiers Andrea Malmberg and Spencer Smith to imagine, discuss and analyze the opportunities available to those using the EOV monitoring protocol. To learn more about EOV, please read and watch here. This will be an in-depth conversation about EOV. Familiarity with the basic concepts of EOV (gained from the links above) is recommended for participants.

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Andrea Malmberg has lived her life on the land with livestock and real food in the western United States. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences from Washington State University. After completing her studies in Zimbabwe and Argentina in 2004, Andrea became an accredited professional in Holistic Management. Seeing the need to bring the tools of human flourishing to rural communities, Andrea received a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. As a result, she has created a platform that people throughout the world are using to manage and monitor their well-being - LifeEnergy.Guide.

Over the last twenty-five years, in many different capacities, Andrea has facilitated the exploration of ecological, financial, sociological, and emotional factors, empowering the potential of people to make sound holistic decisions. With her husband Tony, she has run several regenerative land-based enterprises always with the purpose of honing her skills to enhance the well-being of people, animals, and‚ now and into the future. She delights in ranching, homesteading, conviviality, vibrant philosophical discussions, studying human behavior, and finds purpose in being civically active, participating in the creation of healthy communities, and restoring land.

Carbon Markets and Ecosystem Services

 

June 17, 2020

9 AM PST

It is easy to understand how farmers and ranchers get paid for products coming off of land. It’s happened since agriculture began. A product is produced from the land and sold for money or traded for goods. Got it. But what does it look like when farmers and ranchers are paid for products coming into the land, instead of off of it? Especially when it is something that you can’t really see, touch, hold, or eat like most agriculture products. 

What are these products “coming into the land”? They are molecules coming in (or being sequestered) such as carbon. What is the economic model of the carbon market? Is it only for farmers in the Midwestern United States, or is there an opportunity for ranchers managing pastures and rangelands? How do farmers and ranchers access these markets? What are the risks and benefits? What is required of the producer to participate? What work does it take? How would participating in the carbon market change the farmer or rancher’s operation?

During this one hour webinar, we will dig into these questions and more with three people deeply involved in the marketplace of carbon and ecosystem services (being paid for improving the ecosystem health). 

Read more about Paul, Phyllis and Meri below. Depending on demand, the panelists and hosts (Spencer and Abbey Smith) are willing to follow the webinar with deeper virtual workshops focused on specific aspects of the carbon and ecosystem services market.

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Phyllis Van Amburgh

I began my working years working with developmentally delayed pre-school kids as an OTR, then started the first of three farms and began raising our family.  Most recently, I provide the education, mentoring, and support for the 150+ farms supplying milk to Maple Hill Creamery while continuing to dairy farm with my husband Paul and our five kids, aged 10-19, in central New York State.

Our farm was the first to join the founders of Maple Hill Creamery in 2010, and was followed by many other producers under our guidance.  As Maple Hill Creamery grew we met with investors and markets to detail the attributes of our production model.  Our overall involvement with Maple Hill Creamery through the years has helped lead to the success and creation of this national brand.

What began as farm gatherings to develop 100% grass-fed milk production at a commercial scale has evolved into support and training for dairy farmers transitioning to Certified Organic, 100% Grass-fed Certified production from both grain-fed organic and conventional production.

I have published articles for my Madre Method, which outlines practices for calves raised one-to-one on their dam in a commercial dairy setting, and series’ of articles in trade magazines for successful transition to, and production of, dairy with a forage-only ration.

From 2014-16 I joined the Savory Institute as a Savory Hub, delving deep into Holistic Management.  This brought me travel and learning across the globe from the African bush to Europe and across the USA. I continue to maintain affiliation with SI as an Accredited Professional.

My work as a producer, as a teacher, as a student of experts and mentors within regenerative production, and as part of an emerging national dairy brand, has provided me with tremendous insight into all aspects of regenerative production and working toward a change in agriculture.

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Meri Mullins

Growing up in rural Michigan my father instilled in me a deep appreciation for nature and science with frequent nature walks and trips to Lake Michigan. Throughout my life this inspired my pursuit in engineering and environmental work to regenerate and protect these places for future generations to thrive within and experience. Continuing to seek ways to connect with place and planet led me to agriculture where we are deeply bound to the earth through food and soil. I believe that in order to have a healthy thriving food system and ecosystem we must come together to share the risk our farmers and ranchers take in producing our food, fuel and fiber. As the Program Director for Regen Future Capital's Soil Regeneration Funding Program, I work within our agrarian communities to encourage collaboration and foster meaningful change in agricultural policies, practices and economies. We are developing a robust program to de-risk farmers in the adoption of soil health practices with access to capital, training and carbon markets.

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Dr. Paul Zorner is Chief Agronomist and CEO Emeritus of Locus Agricultural Solutions® (Locus AG). Locus AG is an agricultural technology B Corporation® (B Corp™) with innovative microbial “probiotic” solutions that improve soil health to increase crop productivity, accelerate crops’ ability to sequester atmospheric carbon in soils and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Paul has held R&D, operating and leadership positions with large agribusinesses and venture-backed startups including BASF, Dow Chemical, Mycogen Corp (acquired by Corteva) and Diversa Corp. He has dedicated his career to supporting global food supply, improving the nutritional content of food, and advocating for agricultural systems that support the economic and environmental health of rural communities.

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Abbey Smith serves as the Savory Global Network Coordinator. She is also owner and operator of the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management with her husband, Spencer. The Jefferson Center is an organic cattle ranch and Savory Network Hub in Fort Bidwell, California.

She spent two months in South Africa living with families on holistically managed cattle farms after graduating magna cum laude from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in animal science and a focus in communications and ethnic studies. She attended graduate school at the University of Nevada, Reno where she received a master’s degree in interactive journalism. At UNR, she wrote a business plan for an online business to connect consumers and producers of local food. Through the competition, Abbey met her former employer of nine years and was recruited into the online/digital business world. During the last nine years she rose to a position of leadership within the company, Swift Communications, and was involved in many new ventures. She loves to work in in fast-paced, team environments working on projects in emerging markets. Before graduate school, she served as the director of a non-profit organization for natural resource conservation called The River Center in Modoc County, California. This position taught her how to manage a budget and bring groups of people together, often times with conflicting viewpoints, in order to find common ground.

She grew up on a commercial cattle ranch in Indian Valley, in Plumas County, California. Her loving, large, loud family has lived in the valley for seven generations. Family is a source of joy to her. Her goal in life is to build a beautiful world for her daughter, Maezy, which is why she and Spencer are working to advance Holistic Management.

Living in the rural community of Surprise Valley, California and being involved in a global organization is a dream come true. Abbey serves on the Surprise Valley Education Foundation board and is involved in local food groups. She enjoys doing yoga, throwing kettlebells around, gardening, riding horses and hiking with her daughter. Her happiest moments are on the ranch with her family. She loves running and runs alone, except when in Africa.

Beneficial Threats to Farmers and Ranchers

 

April 24, 2020

9 AM PST

Spencer and I grew up in an era of polarization in Western US agriculture. The 1990s were a time of trying to get cattle off public land, fights over new environmental regulations and a growing sense of scarcity: losing water rights, losing land, losing a way of life. It was so dire that organizations like the Quivira Coalition were formed to meet the pressing need to bring people together in a new way. I believe we’ve come a long way since then, thanks to a lot of hard work by dedicated people, but still, those of us who experienced those times may have lingering perceptions of what, and who is “on my side,” and what/who is “a threat.”

Tony Malmberg is a long-time Holistic Manager and someone who has transformed landscapes through his work. We learn so much from Tony, not only about good management practices on the land, but also how to overcome limiting beliefs.

In this webinar, Tony shares his work and stories of identifying “beneficial threats” to farmers and ranchers in the Western United States. He takes some  commonly accepted ideas and turns them on their heads, creating a new path forward for the land and communities. It is eye-opening, and reveals potential that wasn’t previously visible.

LEARN ABOUT THE HOSTS:

Tony

Tony Malmberg is a third-generation rancher. As the recipient of many honors from agricultural organizations, environmental and wildlife interests, including the National Environmental Stewardship Award from the National Cattlemen's Association. Tony demonstrates profitable ecological land use that adds value to his community. Tony has worked for The Freshwater Trust for 10  years to support ranchers in providing salmon habitat. 

As founder and president of Ranchers Management Company, Tony managed ranch properties and consulted for individual ranches in the western United States for nearly twenty years. Tony owned and operated Twin Creek Ranch, south of Lander, Wyoming, for 31 years. The ranch served as a laboratory for master’s thesis and other academic studies concerning the interaction of properly managed grazing and sage grouse habitat, wildlife friendly fence and migration, riparian habitat and migratory songbird population.

Tony has been a practitioner of Holistic Management for over thirty years and has supervised the implementation of Holistic Management on ranches in Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana, Oregon, and Hawaii. Tony and his wife, Andrea, sold their Wyoming ranch in 2009. They used the Holistic Decision Making Framework in selecting northeastern Oregon and now ranch in Union county Oregon. They raise Beyond Organic Beef: Grown to Enhance the Land that Creates it and the People who Enjoy it. Tony currently sits on the Board of Carman Ranch Provisions, a regional grass finished beef company.

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