2020 Regenerate Speakers

Resilience in times of uncertainty

Rebecca Thistlethwaite

Find this speaker online

Rebecca is an extension specialist and director of the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network. She has a master’s degree in International Agricultural Development from the University of California, Davis and was formerly co-owner of TLC Ranch, a mid-scale organic pastured poultry and livestock enterprise in California. She is author of two books on farming—Farms With a Future: Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business (2012) and The New Livestock Farmer: The Business of Raising and Selling Ethical Meat (2015)—and she provides business and marketing consulting for sustainable farms and food businesses. Rebecca has worked for more than 23 years in many different agricultural fields, from farmworker and farm owner to researcher and beginning farmers trainer to policy advocate.

Workshops:

 

Supply Chain Primer: Processing, Yield, Carcass Balance

THURS NOV 9 & 12    |    9 – 11AM    

Part of the Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance’s ongoing “Bringing Meat to Market” programming, this workshop will provide an introduction to the basics and exploration of the middle supply chain elements of a grassfed meat business: everything that happens from the moment of harvest until it leaves your hands as sellable product. It is open and relevant to all ranchers at any stage of their meat business development, including folks who haven’t yet launched, and also applicable to seasoned ranchers who need to better understand the nuances of processing and carcass maximization. We will cover calculating yield during butchery and processing, from live weight through cut-out decisions and how best to weigh your options in marketing various cuts in a quick overview of our Yield & Margin Calculator. We will discuss the integrity of your processor relationship, and review the soft skills, collaboration and creative ideas necessary to cultivating a successful raport. We will touch on inventory and production management tactics, as well as certifications and labeling basics. We touch on next steps for educated, savvy sales and pricing strategies as an introduction to SWGLA’s existing in-depth sales and marketing webinars.

This course is geared towards producers and industry stakeholders wanting a general introduction to the meat supply chain in order to understand the various considerations for operating meat program. It is appropriate for beginner or experienced producers who want to develop or refine skills and knowledge, specifically those looking most to improve practices around yield tracking and processing realities. The two-part workshop will have multiple moments of interaction, including breakout groups for emerging/new and existing meat businesses based on where your business is at in terms of development. Note that this course is a repetition of our offering at 2019’s Regenerate Conference with expanded group sharing/engagement opportunities and some small content additions.

Kelsey Ducheneaux

Kelsey Ducheneaux

Natural Resources Director, Intertribal Agriculture Council
Cynthia Naha

Cynthia Naha

Director of Natural Resources Department, Hopi Tribe
Aubrey Streit Krug

Aubrey Streit Krug

Director of Ecosphere Studies, The Land Institute
Rebecca Thistlethwaite

Rebecca Thistlethwaite

Director, Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network, Oregon State University
Olivia Tincani

Olivia Tincani

Educator & Consultant, Olivia Tincani & Co
Ben Gotschall

Ben Gotschall

Owner, Holt Creek Jerseys Dairy Manager, Wolfe's Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment
Katie Belle Miller

Katie Belle Miller

Owner/Market Manager, SOCO Virtual Farmers Market Owner/Operator, Heritage Belle Farms
Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva

Founder, Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Natural Resource Policy, Physicist, Social Activist, Author
Joe Maxwell

Joe Maxwell

Co-founder, Family Farm Action Alliance Former Lieutenant Governor of the state of Missouri Farmer
Julie Sullivan

Julie Sullivan

Owner, Co-manager San Juan Ranch, San Juan Land & Livestock LLC Quivira NAP Mentor Training and Support
George Whitten

George Whitten

Owner, Co-manager San Juan Ranch, San Juan Land & Livestock LLC Board President, Sweet Grass Cooperative
Eva Stricker

Eva Stricker

Director of Carbon Ranch Initiative Research Assistant Professor, UNM
Sarah Baxendell

Sarah Baxendell

Director of Finance, Regen Network
Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin

President-CEO, Regenerative Agriculture Alliance
John Boyd

John Boyd

Founder and President, National Black Farmers Association
Gillian Sanbrook

Gillian Sanbrook

Grass Fed Beef Cattle Finisher, Bibbaringa
Roberto Meza

Roberto Meza

Cofounder and Farmer, Emerald Gardens Director of Operations, East Denver Food Hub
Zach Ducheneaux

Zach Ducheneaux

Executive Director, Intertribal Agriculture Council
A-dae Romero-Briones

A-dae Romero-Briones

Cochiti-Kiowa, Director of the Native Agriculture and Food Systems Program, First Nations Development Institute
Darrell Oswald

Darrell Oswald

Menoken Farm Manager, Burleigh County Soil Conservation District
Marshall Johnson

Marshall Johnson

Vice President, National Audubon Society
Chris Mehus

Chris Mehus

Programs Director, Western Sustainability Exchange
Bryan Van Stippen

Bryan Van Stippen

Program Director, National Indian Carbon Coalition
Loren Poncia

Loren Poncia

Rancher and Co-Owner, Stemple Creek Ranch
LaKisha Odom

LaKisha Odom

Scientific Program Director, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
Kathryn Bedell

Kathryn Bedell

Owner, Roan Creek Ranch