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Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems

Calendar of Events

cows grazingRanching in the Sierra Foothills Autumn Webinar Series

Oct 6, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 at 6 pm PST

UCANR has a great webinar series—Ranching in the Sierra Foothills. Topics include Targeted Grazing and Grazing Management, Cattle Health and Nutrition, and Beef Business Basics. Learn more and sign up!

multiple animals grazingGrazing for Soil Health & Conservation Easements, Sebastopol, CA

Saturday, October 24 from 9:00-3:00 pm PST

Sponsored by Goatlandia. Join in this fun, educational, and free gathering with Richard King and guest presenter Sarah Gordon, plant ecologist and Conservation Science Program Manager with The Laguna Foundation. Learn practical strategies and best practices that can save on feed bills and increase the value and functionality of your property, all the while improving the quality of your soil and what grows on it. Number of participants is limited and masks and social distancing required. Please register in advance to save your place.

AFT logoQuantifying the Economic Impacts of Soil Health Practices on Tree Crops Webinar

Monday, October 26 from 9:00-11:00 am PST

The American Farmland Trust recognizes that growers are hesitant to adopt soil health practices due to the uncertainty of costs, net returns, and benefits to soil health and yields. AFT has released two California case studies, which demonstrate how growing practices such as cover cropping, nutrient management, mulching, and compost applications can improve farm income, soil health, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  In this presentation Paul Lum discusses the ones related to tree crops.

Regenerate Conference LogoRegenerate: Resilience in Times of Uncertainty

Oct. 26-Nov. 20, 2020 3:00 PM Online Conference—Registration Open Sept. 8

The Quivira Coalition, Holistic Management International, and the American Grassfed Association collaborate to convene a diverse group of ranchers, farmers, conservationists, land managers, scientists, medical professionals, nutritionists, students, educators, and others to share knowledge, build community, and create a culture of resilience and regeneration. This year the conference will be an online, month-long series of plenary presentations, roundtable discussions, and practical workshops to collectively imagine and define a path for our changing times.

AFT logo and name of webinarQuantifying the Water Quality and Climate Impacts of Soil Health Practices on Tree Crops Webinar

Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 9:00-11:00 am PST

The American Farmland Trust recognizes that growers are hesitant to adopt soil health practices due to the uncertainty of costs, net returns, and benefits to soil health and yields. AFT has released two California case studies, which demonstrate how growing practices such as cover cropping, nutrient management, mulching, and compost applications can improve farm income, soil health, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  In this presentation Gabriele Ludwig discusses cover crop research in almonds, water quality assessment with the Nutrient Tracking Tool, carbon sequestration assessment with COMET-Planner, etc.

Sustainable Management of California’s Fire-Prone Landscapes: Using Grazing to Help Keep Communities Safe Webinar Series

Thursday, Nov. 5, Nov.12, and Nov. 19 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm PST

The California Range Management Advisory Committee, an advisory body to the California Natural Resources Agency under the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, is co-hosting a virtual workshop with the California Fire Science Consortium to discuss the use of prescribed livestock grazing  as a sustainable fuel reduction and environmental management tool. Three separate workshops are planned: Nov. 5—Introduction to Wildland Fuels, Nov. 12—Using Grazing for Fuels Management 101, Nov. 19: Community Wildland Fuels Management Projects. There will be an opportunity for an optional virtual networking hour after each webinar where participants can engage with each other and ask questions. Please register in advance.

UCCE-UC IPM Biologics Educational Webinar Series

Nov. 10, Nov. 18, Dec. 3 and Dec. 9 from 3:00-4:00 pm PST

UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisors Rachael Long and Zheng Wang are collaborating with UC IPM to host a series of four 1-hour educational webinars on the use of biostimulants and plant growth regulators in crop production, with a focus on vegetable and field crops. Both types of biologics are increasingly used in regulating crop growth and development but also bring discussions on their definition, regulation, and efficacy in field situations. The free webinars are designed for the agricultural community including growers, researchers, crop consultants, pest control advisors, and others in the industry. Please register in advance.

AFT logoQuantifying the Economic Impacts of Soil Health Practices on Wine Grapes Webinar

Thursday, Nov. 19 from 9:00-11:00 am PST

The American Farmland Trust recognizes that growers are hesitant to adopt soil health practices due to the uncertainty of costs, net returns, and benefits to soil health and yields. AFT has released two California case studies, which demonstrate how growing practices such as cover cropping, nutrient management, mulching, and compost applications can improve farm income, soil health, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  In this presentation Paul Lum discusses the ones related to wine grapes.

AFT logo and name of webinarQuantifying the Water Quality and Climate Impacts of Soil Health Practices on Wine Grapes Webinar

Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 9:00-11:00 am PST

The American Farmland Trust recognizes that growers are hesitant to adopt soil health practices due to the uncertainty of costs, net returns, and benefits to soil health and yields. AFT has released two California case studies, which demonstrate how growing practices such as cover cropping, nutrient management, mulching, and compost applications can improve farm income, soil health, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  In this presentation, topics include cover crop research in wine grapes, water quality assessment with the Nutrient Tracking Tool, carbon sequestration assessment with COMET-Planner, and more.

TWTS logoThis Way to Sustainability: Resilience from the Ground Up: Strengthening Diversity in Soil, Communities and Economies

March 25-26, 2021

TWTS is a nationally recognized, student-run conference focusing on challenges, ideas, solutions and resiliency in planning our sustainable future. The conference hosts 1400 participants each year with a variety of respected professionals speaking on the many aspects of sustainability. The goal of the conference is to educate students, staff and faculty, and community members; providing attendees an opportunity to network, discuss, and become more aware of pertinent environmental and social issues we all face. 

Past events...

money jars with seedlingsProfitability Strategies: Earning More with Regenerative Ag Webinar

Thursday, October 15, 2020,  10 AM CT, Register in Advance

Adding cover crops, reducing tillage, and other practices can help benefit your soil and your bottom line. And now, increased soil organic matter or reduced greenhouse gas emissions from these practices can also generate verified carbon credits, which are increasingly in demand by buyers, such as major corporations. Learn more with Indigo Ag's Ryan Stockwell and Darrin Unruh.

CCRCD logoCover Crop Planning and Establishment in Small to Medium-Sized Row Crops, Orchards and Vineyards Webinar

Wednesday, October 14, 2020,  3–4 PM, Register in Advance

Garry Pearson will share knowledge from over 40 years of experience with cover crops, discussing cover crop selection, seed sourcing, equipment and the costs. Garry was the UC Davis Superintendent of Greenhouses for 37 years, and has led International ag education and outreach programs in Afghanistan, Iraq, Ghana, Dubai, and Cuba.

almond orchardTransitioning to and Establishing a Regenerative Orchard

Oct 7, 2020 9:00 AM, PST

Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) and the Ecdysis Foundation is offering a free webinar on regenerative orchard management, including perspectives from almond growers on their management techniques. They will also present the findings of the two-year study, "A Comparison Between Regenerative and Conventional Almond Orchards Regarding Invertebrate and Microbial Communities, Soil Health, Pest Damage, Yield, and Profitability."

cover crops in orchardCover Cropping Opportunities in Specialty Crops

Wed., Sept. 9, 2020 3:00 PM Pacific Time, Zoom Webinar

This first in a series of webinars on this topic is presented by Contra Costa County Resource Conservation District and UC Cooperative Extension. It is free and funded by a CDFA Specialty Crops Block Grant. This particular webinar will present an overview of cover cropping benefits, principles, and opportunities. It features Billy Synk of Project apis m. and Seeds for Bees, a program that helps growers by providing free or subsidized seed mixes along with technical support to help them get started in pollinator-supporting cover crops. Registration is required.

Eve Turow-PaulMillennials and Gen Zers: Their Decisions Affecting Climate Change and Food Choices

Sept. 3, 2020 3:30 PM Pacific Time, Zoom Call

Eve Turow-Paul is an author and globally-recognized thought leader who focuses on the intersection of food culture, the Digital Age, and well-being. By blending qualitative and quantitative methods, Turow-Paul explores the ‘why’ behind today’s biggest food and lifestyle trends. Eve is the Founder and Executive Director of the Food for Climate League, a non-profit research collaborativere-thinking the food and climate narrative to democratize sustainable eating and help companies, organizations, and governments empower all eaters to tackle the climate crisis bite-by-bite. Registration is required.

cover crops in an orchardCover Cropping Webinar

Thursday, August 26, 2020 9:00-10:30 AM, Online

Join CAFF for an orchard cover crop webinar focused on seed selection. Hear from a cover crop seed expert as well as from experienced growers. Information will also be provided on online tools to help with seed selection. Free, all welcome. Registration required.

Leonard DiggsA Moment in Time: Black Lives Matter and Regenerative Agriculture

August 20, 2020 3:30 PM Pacific Time, Zoom Call

How can regenerative agriculture be proactive at this moment of consciousness in our society to diversify and become truly inclusive? Both Black Lives Matter and regenerative agriculture have swiftly become resonating movements with active and energized engagement from across society. What role does regenerative agriculture play in making our society healthy through robust diversity? Leonard Diggs, Director of Operations and Farming Education at Pie Ranch in Central California, seeks to address this topic and bridge the gap between cultural and soil diversity. A RECORDING IS AVAILABLE FOR THIS WEBINAR(opens in new window)

Rebecca BurgessThe COVID Pandemic and Market Disruptions for Farmers and Ranchers - What Role Can Regenerative Agriculture Play?

August 13, 2020 3:30 PM Pacific Time, Zoom Call

Rebecca Burgess, Executive Director of Fibershed, has been stimulating change in local communities through marketing and incentive programs to promote regenerative agriculture. The results have been inspiring—fiber mills are reopening, and regional interest in local and sustainable textiles has boomed. In this webinar, Rebecca brings her experience and expertise to discuss how farmers and ranchers can use the disruption of COVID-19 as a catalyst for their farm and ranch businesses by implementing regenerative practices. A RECORDING IS AVAILABLE FOR THIS WEBINAR(opens in new window).

logo for the eventPayments for Ecosystem Services Part II: Carbon Markets and Credit Stacking

Thursday, Aug 6, 2020, 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM PDT

This webinar, hosted by NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Colin Mitchell, will feature presentations by two experts, Debbie Reed and Jim Blackburn, who are currently working on projects to advance soil carbon sequestration carbon markets and ecosystem services credit stacking programs for farmers and ranchers. A question-and-answer session will be provided following the presentations.

cows grazingOutcomes and Metrics of Adaptive Rangeland Grazing Management

July 30, 2020 11:00 AM — 1:00 PM Pacific Time, Online Webinar

Speakers Richard Teague PhD (range ecologist with Texas AgriLife Research) and James Rodgers (Ranch Manager, Winecup-Gamble Ranch) will be discussing approaches to adaptive grazing management on extensive rangeland landscapes through outcomes based strategies and what metrics they and partners are using to determine success towards those outcomes. Registration is required. 

logo for the eventSoil Health: The Foundation for Regenerative Agriculture

July 30 & July 31, Online

This is a free, 2-day virtual event. Join to advance the opportunity that improving soil health offers to address climate change, water quality, food production, biodiversity, and many other pressing issues. Registration is required. 

Food Forum logoHealthy People, Healthy Planet: Building a More Sustainable, Resilient, Equitable, and Nourishing Food System

Food Forum Virtual Workshop, July 22-23, 2020

The workshop will explore the integration of the health, societal, economic, and environmental effects and future needs of the food system. Workshop presenters—including CRARS Director Cundy Daley—will explore how the different effects of the food system can be estimated, compared, and accounted for when considering a new intervention such as policy or emergent technology. Topics include public health, dietary guidelines, and the ability of the food supply to meet demands for nutrient-rich crops; food safety, security and accessibility; resilience and regenerative agriculture; environmental and economic sustainability, including the impact of climate-related issues. The workshop is free but registration is required. Learn more and sign up now.(opens in new window)

ranch manager at Paicines Ranch with sheepGROUNDWORK: Regeneration through Agriculture Intensive

July 20-31, 2020 10:30 AM — 12:00 PM Pacific Time, Virtual Learning Journey, Applications are Limited—Apply Now!

Calling all young curious seekers and adventurous spirits to join in a special collaborative two-week intensive course about the principles, practices, and possibilities of regenerating our lands, communities, and food system. Bring your questions and open minds! Includes a virtual field day rooted in soil to explore the magical microbial world that lies beneath our feet. Intended for young adults— come to connect, explore, and laugh with others in a focused and small group format.

farm within the context of the greater environmentRegenerative Ag: A Systems Approach to Management and Science

July 16, 2020 11:00 AM — 1:00 PM Pacific Time, Zoom Call, Registration Required

Speakers will be discussing approaches to and outcomes of systems-level science conducted on regeneratively managed farms, along with the lessons learned through years of implementing regenerative practices on diverse operations. 

soil with seedling held between two handsFundamentals of Soil Health Workshop

July 8 & July 9, Online, 8-11 AM

This is a free, 2-day virtual event with multiple speakers. Learn about the properties of healthy soil and the latest research about different soil management practices including grazing sheep, the universal soil loss equation, carbon farm planning, and the use of biochar, compost, and mulching. Register for each day to attend.(opens in new window)

soil testing onsite in a fieldWebinar - Updates on Soil Health and Water Quality under Contrasting Farming Sysytems

June 18, 2020, Online, 2-3 pm EDT

Dr. Atanu Mukherjee will share updates on Rodale Institute’s Watershed Impact Trial and discuss preliminary results on the 6-year collaborative project with Stroud Water Research Center on impacts of organic and conventional management practices on soil health, and water quality.

aerial farm viewRemote Sensing for RA- Past Barriers, Present Status & Future Potential

June 15, 2020 12:00 PM Pacific Time, Zoom Call Limited to 100

Moderated, one-hour group discussion, led by Rob Trice of The Mixing Bowl, will begin with lead-off comments from three RAN participants: Marc Horney, Assoc. Prof., Rangeland Resource Management, Cal Poly; Arian Aghajanzadeh, Head of Sustainability, Bountiful Ag;and Kris Covey, Visiting Asst. Prof., Environmental Studies, Skidmore.

people at a farmers marketPANEL: ASK THE EXPERTS – HOW REGENERATIVE ORGANIC AGRICULTURE CAN IMPROVE HUMAN HEALTH

June 2, 2020, 2:00-3:00 pm, Free Online Webinar

Join the Rodale Institute for an expert panel on their newest white paper on "The Power of the Plate:Regenerative Organic Agriculture & Human Health. Panelists will include: Dr. Scott Stoll, Founder & CEO of Plantrician Project, Dr. Zach Bush, Founder, Farmer’s Footprint & Seraphic Group, Dr. Ron Weiss, Founder & CEO of Ethos Health, Dr. Meagan Grega, Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer of Kellyn Foundation, Dr. Drew Smith, Chief Scientist/Chief Operating Officer of Rodale Institute. The panel will be moderated by Jeff Tkach, Chief Impact Officer of Rodale Institute. Pre-registration is required.

grassfed exchange conference logo2020 Grassfed Exchange Conference

May 27-29, 2020 in Fort Worth, TX

Scholarship Applications for farmers are available now!!! This year's conference theme, “Shared Stewardship”, is focused specifically on a “big tent” ethos in broadening our community and welcoming farmers, producers, and food system leaders from all walks. We are centering a diverse, intergenerational set of voices, focusing on how to make the future of regenerative agriculture successful.

shovel of soilCDFA PUBLIC WORKSHOP TO DEVELOP SOIL ORGANIC CARBON MAP

Choose one of two dates: May 5 and May 6, 2020 online.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announces a stakeholder workshop on the development of a soil organic carbon map for California. CDFA is looking to engage interested parties to provide early feedback as the map develops. Staff from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will also participate in the workshop. The map will serve as an indicator of soil health as California takes multiple actions to sequester carbon in agricultural soils to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more and register to participate. 

grassWorking Rangelands Wednesdays Webinar Series

Every other Wednesday, starting May 6, 2020 at 1:00 PM online.

This new webinar series on ranching and rangelands starts off with a presentation by Grace Woodmansee and Dr. Leslie Roche on rangeland drought. Grace will present findings from a 2016 survey of California ranchers on drought preparation and response strategies. Register to participate. 

Webinar: Innovations in Cover Crop-Based Organic No-Till System

farmer in a fieldWebinar: Innovations in Cover Crop-Based Organic No-Till System

April 23, 2020 online, 2-3 pm EDT

Organic agriculture usually relies on frequent tillage for weed management. How to reduce tillage is a challenge for organic farmers. In this multi-state project funded by USDA NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG), Rodale Institute is working with University of Wisconsin-Madison and Iowa State University to develop and demonstrate effective organic no-till systems that build soil health and promote nutrient-conserving weed management.

Bill McKibbenEnvisioning a Regenerative Future

Wednesday, April 15, 1PM ET, in the Soil4Climate Facebook group. 

Soil4Climate is honored to host legendary climate author and activist Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org(opens in new window), for a 30 minute interactive livestream(opens in new window) to discuss envisioning a regenerative future. 

Logo for the Wildcats on the Farm eventWildcat Day on the Farm

April 17, 2020 at the CSU, Chico University Farm, Chico, CA-- Cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions

This open house for Chico State students, faculty, and staff will feature a free shuttle to-and-from campus, guided tractor tours, food trucks, games and prizes.