Understanding Ecosystem Services and Carbon Markets- Session 1

June 14, 2021 | 8:30 AM PST

Unlocking the Mysteries of Carbon Markets: Learn how they work, and what buyers and consumers want. How do we build trust, understanding, clarity and communication between everyone involved in the development of regenerative pasture and rangeland management practices, and the consumer appreciation of both the products and the environmental benefits associated with these efforts?  This webinar series is organized to clarify:
How pasture and rangeland managers can participate in, and economically benefit from emerging carbon and environmental marketplaces.
Why are organizations buying credits, and what do they want to see from the process that creates them?
What impact do regenerative pasture and rangeland management practices have on consumer purchasing decisions, and how do we best communicate and build trust with consumers?

Moderators

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Dr. Paul Zorner, Host

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, Host

Abbey 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.

Previous Webinars

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, Host

Abbey 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.

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

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.

Webinar Archive

How farmers, ranchers, land owners and managers could use EOV | July 24, 2020
Carbon Markets and Ecosystem Services | June 17, 2020
Beneficial Threats to Farmers and Ranchers | April 24, 2020
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