Strengthening Southwest Value Chains for Climate Resilience

Are you a rangeland producer who needs help making your land more productive?

Are you interested in compost and biochar but don’t have the capacity to research how to create and apply it?

Do you want to boost your income and increase your supply of local, regenerative meat and other commodities? 

In partnership with Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance (SWGLA), Good Meat Project, and Reunity Resources, Quivira Coalition has been awarded a five-year grant through the USDA’s Partnership for Climate Smart Commodities program. Our project will support producers to get more meat, hides, fiber, and other livestock products into regional supply chains, while reducing waste, increasing soil health, and building climate resilience.


We have funds to support 50 producers (and will prioritize traditionally underserved producers) to transform agricultural and wood waste, finishing livestock on grass (to boost income), and help enhance biodiversity and potential carbon sequestration on your land.

Through this partnership, you will receive technical support from regional experts, and become part of a network of people supporting your important work. Did we mention that you’ll receive financial assistance to implement these projects?

  • Compost and/or biochar production: We’ll help you transform manure, woody waste, green waste, and other organic amendments into valuable compost and biochar that can be used on your property to improve soil and forage.
  • Pasture plans: With grazing management experts, you’ll create prescribed grazing plans that optimize soil health and forage production for grass-finishing.
  • Compost and/or biochar amendment: We will support amendment of rangelands with compost or biochar aligned with the pasture plans.
  • Marketing: Producers will get support in marketing grass-finished products (for example: meat, dairy, and fiber) through marketing toolkits, technical support to help optimize carcasses, and resources to help sell direct-to-consumers in regional markets. Meat producers will additionally benefit from a regional trade campaign to raise consumer awareness about grass-finished meat. 
  • In-field workshops: Experts in the topics above will share knowledge and facilitate local networking at workshops hosted by participating producers.
  • Climate-smart supply chain gatherings: We will convene producers, researchers, agencies, and others in the supply chain at annual summits to continue building the network to support producers like you.

To receive direct financial assistance, producers must meet the criteria listed below. But don’t worry – we’re here to help you along the way if you don’t have these necessary items up front.

  • Establish farm records with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) (have farm, tract, and field numbers in place)
  • Certify highly erodible land conservation (HEL) and wetland conservation (WC) compliance
  • Certify that they are not a foreign person or entity 
  • Have control of the land for the term of the project

Want to learn more?

Take the next step and click on the link below to fill out a short interest form. A member of our Carbon Ranch Initiative team will reach out to discuss the project.