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Quivira Coalition, Holistic Management International and the American Grassfed Association to Hold Second Collaborative Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico



Health from the Soil Up 

Albuquerque, New Mexico. (November 19-22 , 2019) —  The Quivira Coalition, Holistic Management International, and American Grassfed Association will collaborate again to convene ranchers, farmers, environmentalists, land managers, scientists, medical professionals, nutritionists, students, teachers, and others for four days—November 19-22, 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico—to explore ideas of Health from the Soil Up.

Health, a state of complete well being, can describe everything from soils to economies. Health of people, animals, plants, and the whole planet are fundamentally connected. At its root, the source of health is in the land; it provides food, medicine, (bio)diversity, tradition, and home. Regenerative agriculture embodies a shift away from extractive practices, and toward holism, prevention, and proactivity. Making this shift will require bravery, humility, innovation, ingenuity, and sometimes, at first, failure.

The systemic connections between food, medicine, plants, animals, soil, and climate impact the health of people and planet. The enormity of these systems and their relationships can inspire and be daunting—but ultimately we all play a role and have responsibility in how they function and contribute to health. How do we reconnect and learn from existing knowledge, practices, and experience about the intrinsic connections between health and nature? What can food production and land stewardship teach us about health and its cycles? How do we engage with the land in ways that heal and nourish soil, our bodies, wildlife, communities, economies, and the climate? How do we adapt agriculture for healthy, regenerative food and medicine systems into the future?

Join us at REGENERATE 2019 to explore these questions, thought processes and solutions and others through long form plenary talks, community roundtable discussions, and practical workshops on topics like the relationship between production methods and nutrient density; exploring social equity in agriculture; homeopathic veterinary care for livestock; interdisciplinary soil health research and collaborative conservation; and fostering the whole agrarian lifecycle. Regenerate mind, body, soil and spirit at this year’s convening, Health from the Soil Up.

About the Partners


Holistic Management International is an environmental and educational non-profit that helps communities grow and thrive by educating family farmers and ranchers and pastoralists in regenerative agricultural practices that empower them to strengthen their businesses, produce healthier food, improve local wildlife habitats and protect the environment.

The American Grassfed Association is a national multi-species organization dedicated to protecting and promoting grassfed producers and grassfed products through national communication, education, research and marketing efforts.

The Quivira Coalition fosters resilience on arid working lands. To create a culture of land stewardship that integrates ecological, economic, and social health, we work in coalition with ranchers and farmers, landowners and managers, public agencies, conservationists, students and educators, and the general public. Quivira believes this culture is rooted in three areas of practice: education, innovation, and collaboration.

General Information


November 19-22, 2019

Hotel Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico



Attended by over 500 participants from around the world, the 2019 Regenerate Conference will include four days of plenary talks, workshops, round tables, evening entertainment and networking opportunities.



November 19-22, 2019 (View the 2019 REGENERATE Conference schedule here)



Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque, New Mexico



The conference will create a unique environment where ideas are sown, exchanged, and grown. REGENERATE’s outstanding speakers and attendees will contribute expertise in ranching, farming, conservation, community, and all things soil, which is the key to it all. Every attendee will bring something unique to the table, and each will depart with inspiration, new connections, broader perspectives, and the tools necessary to effect change. 



Creating Economic Health in Agriculture

Graeme Hand


Creating Sustainable Regenerative Ag Businesses

Natalie Allio

Will Johnson

Kelly Sidoryk


Healthy Soils and Climate

Scott Perez

Ed Berg


Investing in Regenerative Agriculture

Meriweather Hardie

Carter Randolph

Blain Hjertaas


Race Equity in Agriculture

Brennan Washington

Jennifer Silveri

Cristina Dominguez

Christine Su


Regenerative & Holistic Policy in Agriculture

Joel Benson


Regeneration in Indigenous Communities

Roger Fragua

Michael Johnson


Relationship Between Nutrition and Behavior in Livestock on Range

Glenn Elzinga

Fred Provenza


Soil, Land, and Human Health Connection

Cory Carman

Dawn Breitkreutz

Grant Breitkreutz


Mental Health in Agriculture

Val Farmer

Robert Fetsch



Farmland for the Next Generation: Land Access Train-the-Trainer Workshop

Tuesday, November 19

8 am-12 pm

American Farmland Trust has developed a performance-based curriculum to give agricultural educators and service providers practical knowledge and skills to effectively deliver land access trainings. Through innovative teaching concepts and a skills-based learning process designed for maximum learner retention, this training will train trainers to assist beginning farmers and ranchers with gaining access to land and securing land tenure. Through an introduction to the curriculum and a demonstration of the lesson plan on financial readiness, participants will gain knowledge of the full curriculum with tools, resources, worksheets and activities that will assist them in offering workshops to beginning farmers and ranchers with the goal of success in agriculture.


Energy Enterprises on the Ranch Workshop

Tuesday, November 19

8 am-12 pm

During this workshop, Silicon Ranch Corporation and PetroValues will explore and expand on the energy enterprises they’re implementing on working lands as a way to diversify income streams for ranchers and farmers.


Bringing Meat to Market: A Supply Chain Primer

Tuesday, November 19

1-5 pm

The Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance is proud to present this workshop as part of a new initiative to provide original programming to the community of ranchers and meat business operators in the region. The workshop will provide an introduction to the basics and exploration of the nuances 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.


During the workshop, we will cover calculating yield during butchery and processing in depth, from live weight through cut-out decisions and how best to weigh your options in marketing various cuts. We will take a look at a few proprietary tools to work with to make the process simple. We will also discuss the integrity of your processor relationship, and review the soft skills, collaboration and creative ideas necessary to cultivating a successful raport. Lastly, we will briefly review inventory management tactics as well as touch on next steps for educating, savvy sales and pricing strategies as a preview for upcoming in-depth SWGLA courses to be taught on these topics in early 2020.


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 beginning 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.


AGA/HMI Social

Tuesday, November 19

7-9 pm

What better way to kick off the 2019 REGENERATE Conference than connecting and networking with the regenerative agriculture community at the American Grassfed Association and Holistic Management Social? Enjoy non-alcoholic drinks and delicious hors d’oeuvres (included in ticket price) at this opening reception hosted by the American Grassfed Association and Holistic Management International. A cash bar will also be available. Connect with old friends and make new ones in this intimate setting with multiple rooms to visit and network. The food and company will be extraordinary!


Snout to Tail Barbecue and Barn Dance

Wednesday, November 20

6-8:30 pm

This year, we will again join forces with the Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance for a very special evening celebrating local and grassfed meats. The evening will offer slow cooked beef, pork, and lamb, as well as classic barbecue sides made from local produce served in the country atmosphere of the Old Town Farm, just blocks away from this year’s venue! We will feature local beer on tap and live music in the barn. Proceeds from the event will go towards a new SWGLA rancher-led webinar series focused on supporting grassfed producers.


Career Connection: An Agricultural & Environmental Job Fair

Thursday, November 21

5:30-6:30 pm

Calling all beginner ranchers, farmers, and land managers seeking jobs or apprenticeships and prospective mentors and employers! Career Connection, an agricultural and environmental career fair, connects established producers and land managers with the next generation of land stewards who will grow our food and manage our working lands. Career Connection is hosted by the Quivira Coalition’s New Agrarian Program, the Rio Grande Farmers Coalition, and the National Young Farmers Coalition. Prospective employers and mentors will include private ranches and farms, conservation groups, food advocacy organizations, government agencies, land-use service consultants, and related private-sector businesses. Job seekers will include a strong turnout of qualified, enthusiastic beginning ranchers, farmers, and land advocates in search of mentorship and opportunity. Prospective employers/mentors will be stationed at tables, where details about their business, apprenticeship, job announcement, and other relevant information will be available. Job seekers are encouraged to come prepared with resumes.


Career Connection is free and open to all, and doesn’t require registration or attendance at the conference. Prospective employers/mentors must register for a free table space. Join in the fun, make new connections, and find new opportunities!


Health from the Soil Up Keynote

Thursday, November 21

7-8:30 pm

Michael Graziano

Allison Sonsa

Diana Rodgers


Keyline Design for Wetland Restoration

Friday, November 22

8:30 am-12:30 pm

Building upon 17 years of successful riparian and wetland restoration in the Comanche Creek Watershed of Carson National Forest, the Quivira Coalition is currently using innovative techniques that incorporate Keyline Design principles with Natural Channel Design to treat 40 eroded and degraded acres in the Holman Creek drainage. This one-of-a-kind project offers the opportunity to innovate, test, document, and share both tested and new methods to spread water over large areas, in conjunction with those used previously in the watershed to stabilize degraded stream channels.


During the workshop, Bill Zeedyk, Jeffrey Adams, Jan-Willem Jansens, Mark Reineke, Emile Sawyer, Margie Tatro, and Comanche Creek project coordinator Mollie Walton will share lessons learned and summarize Keyline Design principles as applicable in general to restoration of headwater slope wetlands. Funding for this workshop is provided by the New Mexico Environment Department Surface Water Quality Bureau, Wetlands Program.


Veterinary Homeopathy Workshop

Friday, November 22

8:30 am-12:30 pm


Profitable Regenerative Grazing: A Full-day Interactive Working Session to Increase Your Ranching Financial Health

Friday, November 22

8:30 am-4 pm

Take a deeper dive into your regenerative grazing enterprise with a full panel of experienced Holistic Management Certified Educators and practitioners to help you improve financial results. Get individualized help with your toughest financial challenges as HMI’s team leads interactive and small group sessions on: planning for profit, gross profit analysis, livestock production planning, innovative cost savings, income generation, and financially viable infrastructure to support regenerative grazing practices. Lunch included.


Getting to the Root of Quality Food Production

Friday, November 22

1:30-4:30 pm

How do soil microbial synergies affect the above ground; both in quality and in species? How do soil microbes affect the quality and the types of plant species that germinate? Join Nicole Masters for this 3-hour workshop and do a deep dive into the soil microbiome, plant tissue testing and animal health! Learn how you can read and influence the microbial signals to produce top-quality nutrient dense foods.

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