Sustainable Grazing initiative

2018

National Audubon Society: $175,000 x 3 years for project support of the Audubon Conservation Ranching Program. This will help expand Audubon’s new “Bird Friendly Beef” certification program that provides market incentives for ranchers to adopt regenerative grazing practices. This program uses the Audubon name to build the market for grass-fed beef and promote a cultural shift in how grazing is perceived.

Quivira Coalition: $65,000 x 3 years for project support of the New Agrarian Program. This will support the expansion of Quivira’s 8-month New Agrarian Apprenticeship program into several new states; this program is training a new generation of ranchers in regenerative practices.

University of Vermont Center for Sustainable Agriculture: $150,000 x 3 years for project support of a New England Grazing Network. UVM’s Pasture Program will lead an effort to align the efforts of multiple state-level grazing organizations across New England. This network will increase their collective reach, impact and efficiency. This grant also supports the core budget of each organization in the network.

Western Sustainability Exchange: $120,000 in years 1 & 2, and $90,000 in yr 3, for project support of the Montana Grasslands Carbon Initiative. This new initiative will increase regenerative grazing in Montana by piloting a carbon-offset program to reward ranchers for practices that sequester carbon. Native Energy, a company that specializes in creating carbon-negative projects such as wind or solar farms, is a partner in this project and will sell the carbon offsets.

2017

Land Stewardship Project: $175,000 x 3 years for project support for advancing sustainable grazing in Minnesota. LSP will use farmer-to-farmer peer education to engage mid-size farmers in Minnesota with information and inspiration about soil health and how re-integrating livestock onto cropland can improve their yield, resilience, and profit.

Practical Farmers of Iowa: $175,000 x 3 years for project support for the livestock program. PFI will use farmer-led, on-farm research to demonstrate the value of regenerative grazing, and to inspire a range of Iowa farmers to try something new, with a focus on increasing perennial pasture.  Their media campaign will expose more than 1 million Iowans to information about the economic and ecological benefits of regenerative grazing systems.

Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development $150,000 x 3 years for project support for the Pasture Project. This project will both 1) inspire corn & soybean farmers in the Upper Mississippi River Basin to improve their soil health by grazing cover crops in the winter, and 2) partner with public agencies in Wisconsin and beyond to expand sustainable grazing on public lands.

 

 

For more information on how to apply though this program, please head here.