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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$$ for Carbon: Healthy Soils Action Guide Released

Mar 8, 2019 10:59:28 AM / by Christine Su posted in carbon sequestration, future of tech, regeneration rising, regenerative agriculture, ranchers

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Just released! Healthy Soils to Cool the Planet, a philanthropic and investment guide to scale up soil carbon sequestration. This excellent guide by Breakthrough Strategies includes basic information on the benefits of healthy soils, a list of regenerative agricultural practices and an extensive portfolio of recommended grantees.

Here at PastureMap, we are delighted and grateful to be featured as one of the 6 recommended investment opportunities in Soil Health for impact investors. 

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Register for Grassfed Exchange: Regeneration Rising 2019!

Mar 1, 2019 6:51:00 AM / by Christine Su posted in grassfed exchange, new farmers and ranchers, regeneration rising, regenerative agriculture, ranchers, grazing management

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We could not be more excited to be co-chairing the The Grassfed Exchange conference: Regeneration Rising this April in Santa Rosa, California!

We have an absolutely packed agenda of national and global speakers. We're also centering the voices of next generation leaders, including Doniga Markegard, Ariel Greenwood, Brian Alexander, Byron Palmer, Nikki Silvestri, Dede Boies, Loren Poncia, Anthony Myint, and more. 

Register Here

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Vote for your favorite T-Shirt for grazing season 2019

Feb 28, 2019 9:16:13 AM / by Christine Su posted in grassfed exchange, new farmers and ranchers, ranchers, pasture, grazing management, cattle, grazing planning

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Oh hey. Two cold, cold months into 2019 and we're badly in need of some fun during these winter doldrums. Let's go somewhere else. Imagine sunny days, green grass, and rocking this swag on your ATV. The neighbors will either be confused, still clueless, or jealous of your sweet threads.  

Vote for your favorite T-Shirt slogan, or submit your own. We'll tally up the winning votes and favorite audience submission (crediting you, of course!) and print these in time for spring. 

Vote now

We'll also have the winning T-shirts available at The Grassfed Exchange: Regeneration Rising in Santa Rosa, April 3-5, 2019. Register now to hang with a community of 300+ grazing nerds like you in the rolling foothills and wine country of Sonoma. You deserve it.

 

[UPDATE]: Yes, these shirts will be sourced locally. We'll want to direct this community's dollars to regenerative fiber as our fiber producers need love too. If you have a recommendation for apparel makers, ping us.

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5 ranch management best practices from profitable ranch businesses

Feb 22, 2019 4:08:26 PM / by Christine Su posted in Practical Tips, ranchers, stocking rate, pasture, grazing management, cattle

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I sat down to nerd out with Clay at Working Cows Podcast last week. We talked about what we're seeing at PastureMap from the ranch businesses we serve. I shared a few of the best ranch management practices that we're seeing from the ranches that we serve. 

Now it's an unseasonably cold winter (albeit nothing compared to the Midwest) and I was a little sniffly to start. But be forewarned - when I get warmed up, I talk fast! :)

Click here to listen to PastureMap on the Working Cows Podcast.

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Starting a New Grazing Season in PastureMap

Feb 15, 2019 6:54:00 AM / by Christine Su posted in grazing management, grazing planning

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Though the days might still be short and cold, it's the time of year when folks are pulling out their grazing charts, sitting down with a strong cup of coffee, and planning out the new season. You might be wondering how all your records from PastureMap carry over from one season to the next. 

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