PastureMap and Point Blue Conservation Science launch soil health mapping platform

Jun 12, 2019 12:25:53 PM / by PastureMap Team posted in carbon sequestration, future of tech, Industry News, regenerative agriculture, grazing management, soil health, soil data

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PastureMap and Point Blue Conservation Science have launched the first mapping platform that combines soil health and grazing records for ranchers in California. Point Blue monitors soil health on 90 ranches across California. Their research has shown exciting soil health results from adaptive grazing since 2015. PastureMap's ranch management software enables ranchers to see soil health improvements side by side with their grazing management records. As ranchers use PastureMap in the field to plan cattle grazing, they can now see and adjust grazing management decisions that affect long term soil health.

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Womxn in Ranching: Empowering Inclusive Leadership in the West

May 23, 2019 11:36:27 AM / by Christine Su posted in new farmers and ranchers, regeneration rising, regenerative agriculture, community

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We couldn't be prouder to support Womxn in Ranching.

We're proud to follow our teammate Erin Kiley's leadership in creating critical spaces of inclusion and belonging. Erin started one of the initial conversations that became Womxn* in Ranching (WinR), in a hallway conversation at Quivira Conference. Erin Kiley asked for more spaces for womxn like herself in the ranching community. Just a year later, Womxn in Ranching is 80 members strong, with a 300+ person waitlist. As a leader in WinR, Erin has helped create 5 Circles in California, Montana, and New Mexico. In her day job, Erin is the Grazing Management and Rancher Success Lead at PastureMap. 

When womxn rise, we all rise. 

"Womxn in Ranching is not just about womxn, and not just about ranchers. It's about answering the calling of “how do we belong to the land?” and “how do we belong to each other?” The answers reverberate far beyond the circles of womxn, and ranchers, from where these questions originate."  - Our CEO, Christine Su, belongs to Circle Two at TomKat Ranch in CA.  

The WinR fundraiser has one week left, and has reached 70% of their funding goal. Donate now for a 3x funding match. Achieving $10k will unlock $30k total from matching partners to build WinR Circles in every Western State.

Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/women-in-ranching-empowering-womens-leadership

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PastureMap Pro Tips - Excluding Areas from Grazing

May 8, 2019 11:48:00 AM / by Christine Su

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PastureMap Pro Tips!

You might have a pond, stream, stand of trees or brush, or other area that you want to exclude from grazeable acreage in a pasture. A bunch of you have been asking how to draw those in PastureMap.

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Grassfed Exchange 2019: Regeneration Rising in less than a week!

Mar 29, 2019 4:15:50 PM / by Christine Su posted in grassfed exchange, new farmers and ranchers, regeneration rising, regenerative agriculture, stocking rate, grazing management, grazing planning, record keeping

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I can't believe it's time to welcome 450 producers to Santa Rosa for Grassfed Exchange 2019: Regeneration Rising in less than a week. As co-chair of the conference, I've been dreaming, planning, and anticipating for a full year. Here are the sessions I'm most excited about:

Our breakout session with Dave Pratt and Deborah Clark on Friday. Real talk on losing millions, pulling out of disaster, and make-or-break decisions that drive ranch profitability.

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Social Soil Building I: Reflections on Running a Regenerative Business

Mar 26, 2019 2:05:00 PM / by Christine Su posted in future of tech, new farmers and ranchers, PastureMap Journey, regeneration rising, soil health

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A version of this post first appeared July 2018. This March 2019 update precedes the Grassfed Exchange: Regeneration Rising 2019 conference.
 
Many of us in the soil health movement like to think of ourselves as regenerative businesses. But a regenerative mindset isn’t only about land, animals, and plants. Building a regenerative business means including ourselves. We need to invest in what Nikki Silvestri calls social soil building.

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Soil Carbon Curious Part III: How Can Farmers and Ranchers Get Paid for Sequestering Soil Carbon?

Mar 25, 2019 10:01:00 AM / by Christine Su posted in carbon sequestration, soil health, soil data

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This is part of a three-part blog Soil Carbon Curious series powered by our partners at Elemental Excelerator.

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Soil Carbon Curious Part II: Making Soil Carbon Data Useful

Mar 19, 2019 11:58:00 AM / by Christine Su posted in carbon sequestration, soil health, soil data

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This is part of a three-part blog Soil Carbon Curious series powered by our partners at Elemental Excelerator. Along with this educational series, PastureMap is working with Point Blue Conservation Science to integrate soil health data from California ranchers into the PastureMap platform.

If you haven't already, click here to read Part I: The Current State of Soil Health Technology.

So you’re soil carbon curious, and you’re committed to building soil carbon baseline data. One of the key questions our producers ask is - how can I make soil tests useful? You want your soil data to provide value to your management decisions. That means being able to track change over time and comparing soil data to each other over time.

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Precision ranching: Make money using electronic ID eartags for cattle records

Mar 18, 2019 10:05:00 AM / by Christine Su posted in Data, future of tech, regeneration rising, ranchers, cattle, record keeping

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Electronic ID / RFID tags for cattle identification are becoming increasingly popular as producers use them to track individual animal performance. EID tags, wand readers, and portable scales are making smart cattle tracking easier by the day.

So - how can this technology help us make more profits? By tracking individual cattle AND individual pasture performance to more effectively convert grass to beef to dollars. 

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First Australian carbon credit units issued to a soil carbon grazing project

Mar 14, 2019 12:03:00 PM / by Christine Su posted in carbon sequestration, soil health, soil data

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Heartening news today in the soil carbon grazing world. Australia leads the way in a world-first in issuing soil carbon credits under the Emissions Reduction Fund. These are the first soil carbon credits to count towards Australia's national targets under Paris, and the first soil carbon credits worldwide be eligible under Paris agreement.

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Soil Carbon Curious Part I: The Current State of Soil Health Technology

Mar 13, 2019 1:05:08 PM / by Christine Su posted in carbon sequestration, soil health, soil data

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This is part of a three-part blog Soil Carbon Curious series powered by our partners at Elemental Excelerator. Along with this educational series, PastureMap is working with Point Blue Conservation Science to integrate soil health data from California ranchers into the PastureMap platform.

It’s no secret that we’re soil carbon curious at PastureMap. Soil carbon represents a massive opportunity to help farmers and ranchers improve the health of their grasslands and sequester carbon. According to Project Drawdown, managed grazing and silvopasture practices have the potential to sequester over 47 gigatons of carbon by 2050.

Better grazing management also makes farmers more profitable. Healthy soil improves water holding capacity, which helps your land make the most of rainfall. Healthy soil life increases the land’s natural productivity, reducing input costs, and improving profitability.

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