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Marketing Sessions at Northwest Grazing Conference 2017

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Cows dining on good organic grass at Pride and Joy Dairy. Photo courtesy of Pride and Joy Dairy

Get the Most Value from Your Grass-Based Meat,  Dairy, Wool, and Leather

Marketing Your Sustainably-Raised Products

You put extra work and investment into your farm or ranch. You create healthy soil, healthy landscapes, and healthy animals. And high-quality, healthy products for your customers.

How do you market those products to earn a living and invest back into your operation?

Check out these marketing sessions at Managing for Resilience: Northwest Grazing Conference 2017.

Getting Your Good Meat to Market: Processing, Pricing, and Marketing

You go through the effort to produce high quality meat. Now you need to sell it in order to sustain your grass farming livelihood. In this workshop, Rebecca Thistlethwaite of the Niche Meat Processing Assistance Network and Tracy Smaciarz of Heritage Meats will give marketing tips. They’ll talk about working with your processor, developing good cutting instructions, packaging and labeling tips, selecting market channels, building a brand, and pricing strategies.

Rebecca is a farm and sustainability consultant. She’s the author of Farms with a Future: Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business, Chelsea Green Publishing. 2013, and The New Livestock Farmer: The Business of Raising and Selling Ethical Meat, Chelsea Green Publishing, June, 2015. In addition to presenting a workshop, she will have her books available for purchase and signing at the conference.

Tracy is president and head butcher of Heritage Meats, a business begun by Tracy’s father in 1977. Tracy helps independent small growers market their meat products to local restaurants and retailers.

Tracy’s collaborations include Full Circle Farm, the largest Community Supported Agriculture program in Washington State,  and world-renowned Canlis restaurant chef Jason Franey.

Grass-Fed Dairy Marketing

Allen Voortman, owner of Pride and Joy Dairy in Granger, Washington, will lead a session on dairy marketing. Pride and Joy Dairy is the rare certified organic raw-milk dairy in Washington State. They are totally grass-based and market their products directly to consumers.

Voortman’s presentation at our field day last fall was hugely popular and we’re please to have him back for the Grazing Conference.

Land-to-Market Program

The Roots of Resilience team will introduce the new Land-to-Market (L2M) program being prototyped by the Savory Institute. Land to Market will provide verification to consumers for meat, dairy, leather, and wool. It’s designed to create a production system and market for products that regenerate land and human health.

The L2M program is developing an ecological outcome verification tool to allow robust measurements of key indicators of ecosystem health. Come to this session to learn how you can participate.

Register Now for Northwest Grazing Conference 2017

Find out more and register for Managing for Resilience: Northwest Grazing Conference 2017 on the main conference page.

Grazing Conference Early Registration Deadline Extended

Closeup photo of grasses and forbs

NRCS photo by Tracy Robillard

Good News Procrastinators!

Grazing Conference Early Registration Extended to April 26

Too busy filing your income taxes to register for Northwest Grazing Conference 2017? We understand. Just for you, we’ve extended the early registration deadline to April 26.

If you’ve been planning to sign up but haven’t gotten around to it, now’s your chance.

More conference info on our main conference page, or

Click on this Register now button to register for the conference

Thank You Conference Sponsors

Soil Builder

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Southworth Brothers Ranch

Pacific Intermountain Mortgage Company

Land Trusts, Conservation Groups, and Agencies—Grazing Conference Sessions Just for You

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Improving rangeland diversity. NRCS photo by Bob Nichols

Managing Grasslands for Climate Resilience and Environmental Restoration

Protect Grasslands, Regenerate Soil, Sequester Carbon

Do you own, manage, or hold conservation easements on grasslands? Or do you work with ranchers or owners or managers of grazing land? Learn how grasslands can be managed to:

  • Increase soil carbon sequestration
  • Improve water infiltration, water quality, and riparian habitat
  • Restore soil health
  • Reduce fire risk
  • Produce more forage (and more profit)

By permanently protecting eligible grassland, you might even be able to get paid for carbon credits.

These topics and more will be presented at the Northwest Grazing Conference 2017: Managing for Resilience, May 10 and 11, Pendleton Convention Center, Pendleton. Oregon.

Find more info at the main conference page. Ready to sign up? You can

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Grassland Carbon Credits—Get Paid to Permanently Protect Grassland

Max DuBuisson, Director of Policy for the Climate Action Reserve; Mik McKee, The Climate Trust; and Rebecca Haynes, Environmental Defense Fund, will present a session on carbon offset credits.

Learn how you can earn carbon offset credits for permanently protection grasslands in the Grassland Carbon Credits session on day two of the conference.

Markets for carbon offset credits have existing for more than 20 years, gaining significant size and maturity in the last decade. However, these markets have only recently been able to provide incentives for grassland conservation

In 2015 the Climate Action Reserve, a private, nonprofit carbon offset registry, developed an offset project protocol for the avoided conversion of grassland to cropland. These projects are attractive to landowners who are interested in long-term conservation, but require additional incentive to commit to permanent protection. They are also attractive to land trusts who need an additional source of funding to support conservation activities.

The long-term management of a grassland carbon project dovetails neatly with the existing work of land trusts. Also in 2015, the Reserve, along with several partners, received a two-year Conservation Innovation Grant from the USDA NRCS to support implementation and outreach related to grassland carbon projects. This session will include an introduction to carbon markets, a basic overview of the grassland protocol, how to assess the feasibility of a grassland project, and information regarding the project economics.

More Sessions on Land Conservation and Restoration

Water Quality and Riparian Management

Tipton Hudson, Kittitas County Director, Washington State University Extension focuses on sustainable rangeland grazing, ecosystem monitoring, and protecting and improving riparian function and watershed health through smarter grazing practices. He works with ranchers, regulators, and natural resource professionals to support the adoption of management practices that improve rangeland conditions and water quality.

Tip’s session on Water Quality and Riparian Management will be repeated both days.

Soil Carbon Sequestration

Peter Donovan, co-founder of the Soil Carbon Coalition, believes opportunity for increasing carbon and water in the soil is huge. And that increasing soil carbon will help drive improvement in social and economic conditions as well as enhance biodiversity and ecological resiliency.

Peter has spent the past several years touring the country collecting soil carbon data as part of the Soil Carbon Challenge. He will share what he’s learned through his many years of practicing Holistic Management and working with innovative natural resource stewards.

Peter’s session on Soil Carbon Sequestration will be on day two of the conference.

Targeted Grazing

Karen Launchbaugh, rangeland scientist and Director of the University of Idaho Rangeland Center, is  editor of Targeted Grazing: A Natural Approach to Vegetation Management and Landscape Enhancement, a handbook on grazing as a new ecological service.

From the Introduction to Targeted Grazing, by Dr. Launchbaugh and John Walker:

“Grazing by wild and domestic animals is a powerful natural force working in all ecosystems. The kind and abundance of plants that characterize any plant community are a result of the climate, soils, and herbivores including insects, wildlife, and livestock that inhabit that place. The regenerative or destructive power of herbivory to shape plant communities has been demonstrated time and time again as humans have managed the grazing of domestic livestock. For better or worse, livestock grazing has been applied for thousands of years in ways that change plant communities. Along with fire, grazing is the oldest vegetation management tool.

“Today, livestock grazing is being rediscovered and honed as a viable and effective tool to address contemporary vegetation management challenges, like controlling invasive exotic weeds, reducing fire risk in the wildland-urban interface, and finding chemical-free ways to control weeds in organic agriculture. The challenge of converting livestock grazing from a ubiquitous land use into a powerful vegetation shaping tool requires a paradigm shift for both land managers and livestock producers.”

Dr. Launchbaugh’s session is on day two of the conference.

Targeted Grazing and Fire Control

Chris Schachtschneider will continue the targeted grazing theme. Chris is Livestock and Natural Resource Assistant Professor with University of Oregon Cooperative Extension, Umatilla County. He will present his recent research on where and how targeted livestock grazing can play a role in fire control.

Chris’s session is on day two of the conference.

Biochar to Improve Degraded Range

Jim Archuleta, is a Forest Soil Scientist with Umatilla National Forest. He’s also a member of the steering committee of the Northwest Biochar Working Group. Jim has collaborated on research on how land managers can convert waste wood to biochar that is used to improve degraded soil.

Forest managers remove excess wood from forests to reduce wildfire hazard. The woody material is typically burned in slash piles. This process can harm soil and pollute the air with smoke and particulate emissions. Burning the wood in the absence of oxygen creates charcoal (biochar). This process reduces air pollution and the harmful impacts on the soil.

The biochar can be applied to soil to improve soil productivity and water infiltration. Biochar is a stable form of carbon, so this also sequesters more carbon in the soil.

Jim’s session will be on day two of the conference.

Intros to Holistic Management Land Planning and Monitoring Methods

Everything you wanted to know about Holistic Management, but were afraid to ask!

The Roots of Resilience Team will be presenting introductions to the full suite of Holistic Management land planning and monitoring methods. These sessions will all be on day two of the conference.

  • Introduction to Holistic Management—how to develop a Holistic Context for decision making and test your decisions based on your context
  • Introduction to Monitoring—the basics of ecological monitoring and recognizing indicators of ecological health
  • Introduction to Holistic Land Planning—how to plan for infrastructure and other improvements to your land
  • Holistic Planned Grazing—an extended afternoon session on how to develop a grazing plan that that puts your animals in the right place at right time for the right reason

More conference info at the main conference page or, if you’re ready to sign up, you can

Click on this Register now button to register for the conference

Thank You Conference Sponsors

Soil Builder

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Southworth Brothers Ranch

Pacific Intermountain Mortgage Company

Save the Date! Holistic Management Grazing Conference 2017 Scheduled for May 10 & 11

Photo of attendee discussion at the Roots of Resilience 2015 Grazing Conference

Informal discussion among conference attendees and presenters is as valuable as formal presentations at the Grazing Conference

Join Us in Pendleton for the Roots of Resilience Holistic Management Grazing Conference 2017

Be sure to mark your calendar for the Roots of Resilience 2017 Grazing Conference.

Dates: May 10 & 11, 2017

Location: We’re excited to be holding our 2017 Holistic Management Grazing Conference at the Pendleton Convention Center in Pendleton, Oregon.

Program Schedule, Registration, & Other Details

We are currently firming up our workshop schedule. To get on our list for email updates, please email us at

Want to be part of the conference?

Interested in presenting a workshop, panel discussion, or other session? Would you like to be a conference sponsor or exhibitor? Please contact our conference chair, Doug Warnock,, with your ideas.