Virtual Workshops

We will be offering access to a full list of virtual workshops during the week of October 25 – 29. Sessions will occur between 9am MT and 7pm MT. Register for the week and you get access to all workshops and the recordings.

Don’t miss out on topics like solar grazing; water easements; leasing land; holistic management; holistic animal health; conserving standard bred poultry; cultural appropriation; grazing leases… to name a few!

Monday, October 25

Leasing Your Future

9:00am – 10:30am MT

A lease, as defined in the dictionary, is a contract by which one party conveys land, property, services, et cetera to a second party for a specified time, usually in return for a periodic payment. There is a great deal of room for innovative thinking in that definition, which is why understanding leasing is so important to a young person who may not own land, livestock, or equipment for starting a business. In this workshop, learn how to take the grazing skills you have and combine them with a leasing opportunity. Presenters will share what makes for a win-win grazing relationship and how a lease provides clarity and structure for this.This workshop is geared towards beginning or aspiring ranchers who are in the first 10 years of their career.

Standardbred Heritage Poultry Production and the Factory Farm Breeding System

11:00am – 12:30pm MT

Regenerative agriculture and the good food movement have a huge blindspot, poultry genetics. Two poultry giants, Cobb and Aviagen, breed every one of the 9+ billion meat chickens produced in the United States each year. Included in this number is nearly every regenerative, organic, and pasture-raised chicken. These two companies control the poultry industry much more tightly than Monsanto ever did the seed market. They are little known by the public nor are the troubling practices they undertake to produce their hybrids.

In this workshop, we will reveal how the modern industrial hybrid was created and the dramatic impact these birds have on today’s poultry industry. We will also introduce Standardbred heritage poultry production as an alternative to this system and the work the Good Shepherd Conservancy is undertaking to promote and grow this age-old alternative to the factory-farm system.

Land Conservation for a Changing Water Climate

1:00pm – 2:30pm MT

As land trusts conserve private land, they also protect water rights. Some of Colorado’s land trusts are going beyond the parcel-by-parcel approach to conservation and are tackling big water challenges in a regional way. This workshop showcases two land trusts pursuing creative water solutions: Colorado Open Lands and partners in the San Luis Valley are reimagining conservation easements and putting them to work to slow groundwater decline and encourage aquifer sustainability. The Palmer Land Conservancy is protecting irrigated farmland east of Pueblo with conservation easements and, thanks to a landscape-scale analysis, Palmer is combatting the effects of buy and dry by keeping water on the area’s most productive ag land. Presented by Sarah Parmer of Colorado Open Lands and Ed Roberson of The Palmer Land Conservancy.

So You Want to Buy a Farm…

5:00pm – 6:30pm MT

This session will enable participates to evaluate the suitability of properties for use as a farm and develop a farm concept suitable for the selected property.  Topics covered include zoning, flood plains, soil types, stock and seed selection, infrastructure, and carrying capacity.  The session is designed for folks looking to buy farm property and start a farm, expand or adapt an existing farm, or begin a farm on land already owned. Presented by Steven Hart.

Tuesday, October 26

Solar Grazing: A Primer for Producers

7:30am – 9:00am MT

Have you seen solar projects built in your area? Did you notice lush grass underneath the panels just begging for livestock? Or did you see someone move their flock onto the site but wonder how you might get involved?

We’ll give some basic information on solar grazing for livestock producers that will leave plenty of time for questions. Ideally we will get a list of conference attendee questions in advance in order to customize our answers. Presentation by Lexie Hain, Executive Director of  the American Solar Grazing Association.

The Meat Sales Matrix: Mixing sales strategies and marketing creativity for success

9:00am – 10:30am MT

 

Building on Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance’s extensive “Bringing Meat to Market” business training resources and Good Meat Project’s marketing assistance program for meat producers (the Good Meat Breakdown), this workshop will discuss choosing and maintaining a mixed sales channel strategy for your business with revenue coming from various types of customers (retail/wholesale, food service, direct to consumer, etc.). We will discuss how to target varied customer groups through different sales channels, how to choose your channels wisely, and we’ll provide real life tactics for establishing and maintaining both wholesale and DTC customer relationships.
SWGLA teaches a holistic approach to evaluating what channels to sell your product through and why multiple sales channels spanning both direct to consumer (DTC) and wholesale buyers often offer more stability. SWGLA aims to take the fear out of the seemingly scary wholesale quandary and provide tactics for achieving success. The workshop will cover best practices for multiple wholesale buyer types, explain why high margin channels are not always king, touch on carcass balance, and look at a few success stories of mixed revenue businesses.
The Good Meat Breakdown, a program of the Good Meat Project, is an online resource that helps producers communicate more effectively with customers in their direct-to-consumer channel. The Good Meat Breakdown also educates consumers about how to find, buy, and cook Good Meat, which many direct-to-consumer producers tend to spend a lot of time on. In addition, the Good Meat Breakdown offers toolkits for producers in order to increase the effectiveness of their marketing, help them educate their customers, and ultimately sell more meat. These toolkits are designed to answer questions commonly asked to direct-to-consumer meat producers, like: what size CSA works for my household? How much freezer space do I need? How do I cook unfamiliar cuts? The Good Meat Breakdown toolkits are beautifully designed and concisely written by professional designers and copywriters and can be used directly by meat producers. In this workshop, the Good Meat Project will discuss how to use these materials and other parts of the Good Meat Breakdown website to better reach consumers.
This workshop will help you distinguish a strategy that can work for your operation, refine your tactics for all customer types, develop methods for sales channel effectiveness, and offer analysis techniques to serve your business through change, growth, and expansion stages.

Groundwater and Surface Water in the Law and the Lerwick Contested Case Hearing

11:00am – 12:30pm MT

This presentation will explore the connections between surface water and ground water, as illuminated by an ongoing lawsuit between a Wyoming family who applied for 8 high capacity wells that would annually remove 1.5 billion gallons (4600 acre-feet) from the Ogallala/High Plains Aquifer and seventeen  neighboring farmers, ranchers and rural landowners, who are opposed the granting of these permits.  

In recent decades, humans have pumped trillions and trillions of gallons of water out of aquifers.  The result, is a slow desiccation of thousands of river ecosystems.  Already somewhere between 15-21% of watersheds that experience groundwater extraction have slipped past a critical ecological threshold, and by 2050, that number could skyrocket to somewhere between 40-79%. Because groundwater and surface water are interconnected, getting a groundwater right is like getting a surface water right, without having to apply for a surface water right.  Managing the resource as one single source and supply is necessary to protect the health of the land and our riparian lands.

This presentation includes Reba Epler, a lawyer on the case, Alan Kirkbride, a rancher who raises cattle in southeastern Wyoming and relies on the aquifer, and hydrologist Stan Leake.

Using Compost on Dry Rangelands

1:00pm – 2:30pm MT  

Quivira’s Carbon Ranch Initiative and partners have been conducting scientific experiments and large field trials using compost and other organic amendments on dryland soils. We’ll discuss initial results, considerations, and questions that remain for how to efficiently create a circular economy of agricultural waste being transformed to boost productivity.

Getting More from the Other Half

3:00pm – 4:30pm MT

Jim and Mark Kleinschmit are brothers and the founders of Other Half Processing (OHP). OHP works to increase the value of byproducts from verified grassfed, regenerative and organic livestock. Focused initially on hides and leather, with anchor support from Timberland, OHP is expanding sourcing and marketing to include more of the “other half” materials.

In their workshop, Jim and Mark will describe how they developed OHP, including details on the supply partnerships, sourcing tools and markets that are helping them optimize byproduct value for farmers, ranchers, processors, OHP and buyers alike. They will also share some of the challenges and opportunities associated with verification, collection, segregation, and marketing.

New Agrarian Program Meet and Greet

6:00pm – 7:30pm MT

Are you a young (or young-at-heart) aspiring agrarian who is looking for direction or career advice? During this one hour session, we’ll introduce a diverse group of mentors from agencies, nonprofit organizations, tribal organizations, and agricultural production, who represent different career paths in regenerative agriculture or agriculture support. After brief introductions, we’ll break off into small groups so that young and aspiring agrarians can chat with more experienced folks about their career path and other general advice about careers in agriculture or land management. If you’re further along in your career path and would like to participate on the call as a mentor, please contact tarryn@quiviracoalition.org rather than signing up here.

Wednesday, October 27

Worm Composting and Aerated Static Pile Composting in Rural Drylands

9:00am – 10:30am MT  

Learn about efforts to divert food waste from the landfill and create valuable soil amendment. We will showcase two recent compost systems built in Edgewood, discuss some composting basics, and answer your questions about composting at a multi-household to community scale.

Running on All Cylinders

  11:00am – 12:30pm MT

The Running on All Cylinders workshop uses an interactive approach to bring farmers, ranchers, agricultural workers and their families important information about stress management, suicide prevention and substance abuse prevention that focuses on helpful resources and gives participants the opportunity to identify personal coping strategies and develop a resource toolkit.

Cultural Appropriation in Agriculture and/or Land Stewardship – Part 1

1:00pm – 2:30pm MT

  More details coming soon…

Heritage Cattle: History, Husbandry and Helpfulness

5:00pm – 6:30pm MT

 

  More details coming soon…

Thursday, October 28

PROCESSOR RELATIONSHIPS: Building Trust and Encouraging Empathy
a Conversation with Rick Kingsbury

9:00am – 10:30am MT

It seems to be a universal, resounding call: my processor is HARD to work with. But does it always have to be this way, and if not, how do I make it better? Stemming out of the Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance’s Supply Chain Primer, presented at both 2019 and 2020 Regenerate Conferences, this workshop will dive deep into best methods for building trust and developing approaches for a strong and resilient processor relationship. Empathy is the main theme of our approach, as we encourage ranchers and processors to step into each others’ shoes when relating to each other. This workshop will be an open, honest conversation with Rick Kingsbury, Plant Manager at High Plains Processing in Las Vegas, NM, a newly minted USDA facility. There will be ample time for questions and participant engagement.

This course covers material selected from SWGLA’s “Bringing Meat to Market” curriculum, an extensive suite of online business training resources. Courses are focused on the fundamentals of the supply chain and sales & marketing strategies for grassfed meat operations. Designed for both existing and potential meat businesses, workshops dive into the details of what happens from the moment of harvest through selecting and marketing to various end-users and sales channels. All courses can be found free online for SWGLA members and are accompanied by an opportunity for free one-on-one technical assistance.

The Right Business Structure for Reducing Legal Risk and Leveraging Opportunity

11:00am – 12:30pm MT

Although the options can get confusing, choosing the right business structure for your ranch or farm business doesn’t have to be hard. In this workshop, learn to apply straightforward decision making to your situation. We’ll walk though the tax advantages and business practices that make the most of your choices. Ranchers and farmers curious about bylaws, operating agreements, and partnerships will also appreciate this workshop’s focus on preventing problems with good governance. Whether you are just starting out or you’ve been on the land for a few decades, this workshop will help you chart next steps.

Cultural Appropriation in Agriculture and/or Land Stewardship – Part 2

1:00pm – 2:30pm MT

  More details coming soon…

Thursday, October 28

Regenerating Your Soil Sponge

9:00am – 10:30am MT
An acre of healthy soil can hold hundreds of thousands of gallons of water, which can mitigate damage from both droughts and floods. How can we go about capturing the full water conservation potential of healthy soil? What actions have worked for ranchers and other food producers across the western US?
 
Kara Kroeger and Linda Poole of NCAT’s Soil for Water program will engage with four ag producers who will share specific methods they are using to bring degraded soils back to life and hold more water in the soil. These producers will also discuss how healthy soil has increased their profitability and quality of life. In this session we encourage a lively discussion to answer questions and learn from our audience. We will also feature a bonus demonstration by NCAT’s Regenerative Grazing Specialist Justin Morris on DIY soil health assessments to help you understand the effects of your management practices.

Leasing Land: Legal and Practical Tips for Success

11:00am – 12:30pm MT

Leasing farmland is so commonplace that ranchers, farmers, and other land stewards may not think twice about the lease, itself, …until things go wrong. Prevent problems with a strong lease that addresses water usage, equipment access, payment strategies, dispute resolution procedures, long-term concerns, and more. This online workshop will help you understand what a lease should include and how to put it in writing. We’ll also cover specific state laws you need to know. Equally important, the workshop will cover skills for negotiating terms that work for all parties involved in the lease agreement. This workshop is interactive and will allow ample time for discussion and guidance on the issues that matter most to you.

COMET-Farm and Carbon Farm Planning

1:00pm – 1:30pm MT

 

COMET-Farm is the official greenhouse gas accounting tool of the USDA-NRCS and is a web-based greenhouse gas inventory tool for land based systems. Both COMET-Farm and COMET-Planner, a simpler tool for regional assessments, are designed for conservation scenario analysis and allow users to compare their emissions from a baseline (current management period) to a conservation scenario.

Tribes and Public Lands: Stories of Resilience Workshop

Time/ Date TBA

  

This workshop will demonstrate collaboration between tribes and public land management agencies as a way to build resilience on public lands. There are a variety of models and approaches to collaboration between tribes and public land management agencies, ranging from cooperative agreements to cultural easements. The workshop will address the importance and need of collaborating with tribes in public land management, discuss strategies on engaging in such collaboration with tribal entities, and present case studies on different collaborative models and approaches employed by tribes and public land management agencies. Particular emphasis on cases involving watershed- and landscape-scale collaborative management will be included.

Vitalism in Livestock Health Management: An Introduction to Veterinary Homeopathy

Time/Date TBA

Homeopathy is a self-contained system of medicine. Practiced at its best, it is far more than prescribing little white pellets to “fix” a symptom of concern. The art-and-science of homeopathy considers hygiene (including diet, environment, and lifestyle) as an integral component and influencer of health and wellness. Homeopathic medicines are used in conjunction with species-appropriate hygiene practices to dynamically catalyze the return to vibrant health.

Susan Beal, DVM, an experienced holistic veterinarian and homeopath, will open the workshop with a brief overview of the manner in which livestock management practices can influence the health of individual animals, flocks and herds on the farm and ranch, as well as influence the health of the larger ecosystem.Her presentation will then explore  homeopathy basics, including discussion of the dynamics of disease, obstacles that impact vital health and the response to treatment, and the patterns of responses to treatment. There will be instruction on how to give a homeopathic medicine, the timing of doses, and ways to assess the response. Concepts will be illustrated using both real case studies and “paper cases” drawn from actual field situations. The principles and symptoms discussed will cover all species, and examples will include human and beast, as Dr Beal will present a variety of situations commonly found in all aspects of farming and husbandry.

This session is appropriate for all animal species, two and four legged, feathered or furred. It is specifically geared for those who have little or no experience with the art and science of homeopathy.

There will be time for questions and answers in this interactive workshop, but please don’t expect to have individual health care needs addressed in this session.

Additional Workshop Series

These workshops have a separate fee and can be registered for through the Regenerate registration.

Lessons in Leaving a Land Legacy: A Holistic Succession/Transfer Planning Workshop

Wednesdays, Sept 22, Sept 29, Oct 6, Oct 13 | 5:00 – 6:30PM MST | $50

Holistic Management provides a straight-forward and effective framework for creating a step by step farm/ranch transition plan. A carefully thought-out succession plan is essential in shaping expectations to enable a smooth and equitable transition. In this virtual workshop series, we will explore how farm and ranch families have used Holistic Management to develop the trust, vision, and authentic communication required to successfully create transfer plans for their farms and ranches. Participants will work through a number of exercises and worksheets designed to create a strong foundation for effective communication and conflict resolution in creating successful transfer plans in this four week course. Instructor is HMI certified educator, Kelly Sidoryk. 

Register for this series through the Regenerate registration. You don’t have to attend the rest of the conference to register for this workshop.

Low Risk, Low Cost Online Grazing Course

Classroom Opens October 25th for 6 weeks | $75

This on-demand Grazing Course features videos, powerpoints, and worksheets so you can work your way through the course at your own schedule during the six weeks it is open. You will get feedback on your completed assignments from HMI Certified Educator Ralph Tate. 

Topics covered include:

  • Establishing your grazing priorities – a case for low-cost, low-risk ranching
  • The importance of ecosystem health and key monitoring to ensure results (Land, Animals, Humans, Finances)
  • Identifying risks and how to manage, monitor, and correct deviations from the plan
  • Steps to accelerate your learning with certainty and confidence
  • Determining optimal plant recovery times for your land
  • Identifying, managing, and monitoring key indicators – animal production, ecosystem function, and quality of life
  • Financial considerations and decisions for healthy profits
  • Considering risk, stress, and quality of life in production decisions
  • Takeaway actions for you to implement on your ranch

Register for this series through the Regenerate registration. You don’t have to attend the rest of the conference to register for this workshop.