Guest Post: Western Regional Grazing Conference: Grazing for Change

I am ecstatic to share this. I’ve known the Abbey since birth, and her husband, Spencer and I attended Chico State together. The Kingdon’s have been friends with the Brown’s for generations and our ranches also neighbor each other. I have endless happy memories of spending time with this family. They also happen to be cattle people that I deeply respect and learn from often. For these reasons, I can think of no better people to be putting this awesome event on. I’m excited that people like Abbey, Spencer and Maezy are not only continuing their family legacy but improving upon it. I urge you to attend this conference, I know you will learn much.

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Join us for the first Western Regional Grazing Conference: Grazing for Change on February 27 and 28, 2015 at the Chico State University College of Agriculture Farm Pavilion.

The Jefferson Center for Holistic Management is owned and operated by the Smiths: Spencer, Abbey and Maezy Rae

The Jefferson Center for Holistic Management is owned and operated by the Smiths: Spencer, Abbey and Maezy Rae

Farmers and ranchers face enormous challenges today: from the drought conditions in the Western US to rising costs of production, regulations, family succession hurdles and feed availability for livestock. As livestock producers, we seek lasting solutions to these issues—as do our neighbors throughout California, Oregon, Idaho and Nevada.

Allan Savory will be speaking at the Grazing for Change Conference

Allan Savory will be speaking at the Grazing for Change Conference

We need a way to increase production of the land we have instead of seeking more production ground, which puts us deeper in debt. We need a way for families to plan together for generations so ranches and farms remain ranches and farms. We need rich, fertile soil to lessen our dependence on highly-coveted irrigation water and make the most of the rainfall and moisture we receive in the arid West. We need rivers to run, soil to stay and communities to grow.

Dr. Christine Jones will be speaking at the Grazing for Change Conference

Dr. Christine Jones will be speaking at the Grazing for Change Conference

We call this regenerative agriculture and holistic management makes it possible. We are excited to report that our conference caught the attention of the international community; however, we do not want our local producers to miss this great opportunity to learn from some of the world’s most respected farmers.
Enter the promotional code Local2015 when registering to receive 15 percent off now through January 15.

Here is a sneak peek of the topics covered by the leaders of regenerative agriculture at Grazing for Change. This is just a taste of the great content and conversation provided by the conference. Speaking of taste—experience the North State terroir with lunch provided by local caterers, Bacios, meat donated by Llano Seco and Belcampo and greens grown locally especially for this event. Engage in conversation with the speakers, meet leading authors covering the topics of regenerative agriculture, soil cultivation, holistic management and more, and make new friends in fellow attendees during a social hour on Saturday afternoon. Enjoy the local food scene with Chico’s finest microbrewery beer, wine, cheese and sausages.

The effects of holistic management in the Karoo, South Africa.

The effects of holistic management in the Karoo, South Africa.

Grazing in Nature’s Image, the role of Holistic Management (HM);
Mr. Allan Savory, President and Co-Founder of the Savory Institute

An Australian perspective on managing rangelands for drought: what you can do to improve your water holding capacity on-farm.
Dr. Christine Jones, Australian Grasslands Ecologist and Soil Scientist. Co-Founder Amazing Carbon Project.

How to run more livestock on public land; Mr. Tony Malmberg, Rancher & Consultant for Grasslands, LLC

Regenerating landscapes with cover crop cocktails and planned grazing; applications to California grasslands. Mr. Gabe Brown – Owns and operates a 5,400 acre diversified livestock and cropping operation in Bismark, North Dakota.

Holistic management helps families work together and build profitable ranches.

Holistic management helps families work together and build profitable ranches.

Dig into the principles and practices of holistic management in hands-on workshops, roundtable discussions and talks led by accredited holistic management educators including Allan Savory, Jason Rowntree, Rob Rutherford, Bill Burrows, Dr. Christine Jones, Tony Malmberg and Gabe Brown. Learn more about all our speakers. Spend an extra day with us on the land on a ranch tour, on March 1, led by Chico State professor Dr. Cyndi Daley, Gabe Brown and innovative holistic management practitioners.
Grazing for Change is an essential event for farmers and ranchers seeking new tools and practices to cope with drought, rising costs of production, and pasture availability. Small scale and urban farmers, consumers, students and anyone working to make sustainable decisions in their lives will benefit. Grazing for Change is hosted by Chico State University College of Agriculture, the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management and the Savory Institute.
Register today to save your seat!

 

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