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Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems

Calendar of Events

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.

cover crops in an orchardCover Cropping Webinar

Thursday, August 13, 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.

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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. See the full agenda. (Google Doc)  Registration is required— sign-up here.(opens in new window)

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. Learn more and register.(opens in new window)

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.