Applying regenerative agriculture principles allows farmers and ranchers in grazing animal production to be profitable and good stewards of the land.
Regenerative ranchers draw energy from their desire to improve the land and other productive attitudes.
“Take the time to be an observer, to look at what you’re doing, and to know if what you’re doing is working. It’s good to be open-minded and willing to try.”
“The successful people I have seen [are the ones who] take time to monitor the range and see what’s out there in terms of plant health and range conditions.”
“I knew I needed to make changes so future generations could have the same chance to do what I’m doing.”
Regenerative ranching is the process of restoring degraded grazing lands using practices based on ecological principles.
While buying organic food can assure you that the land on which it was grown was managed without the use of most synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, the label itself cannot tell you whether the health of the land is improving. Regenerative agriculture focuses on building soil health and restoring degraded land within a food production system.
Regenerative agriculture and regenerative ranching are reshaping how we think about farming and food production.
Traditional ways of approaching agriculture and livestock production often rely on an overuse of chemical inputs and tillage. This can degrade the land and our environment while also undermining the producer’s profitability.
Regenerative agriculture is the process of restoring degraded soils using farming and grazing practices based on ecological principles. The benefits of regenerative agriculture practices include:
Regenerative ranchers commonly lower their input costs and develop skills in profitably managing their livestock and forages to feed the soil.
Regenerative ranching focuses on enhancing and restoring the land, making it more resilient and supporting the health of the overall ecosystem.
Healthy soils and ecosystems produce a variety of ecosystem services enjoyed by all of society, including carbon sequestration and water retention and filtration.
Regenerative ranching is generally associated with holistic management and decision-making as well as managed grazing. Intentional management is good for ranchers.
For more than 75 years, Noble Research Institute has built deep relationships with agricultural producers. This year, Noble is taking the next steps in the Institute’s journey.
As we’ve announced in recent months, we are focusing all of our operations on regenerative ranching that balances profitability and stewardship. Why? Because farmers and ranchers shouldn’t have to choose one objective over the other.
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The commitment of your carbon or other ecosystem service requires careful consideration and the right partner-purchaser. This guide provides useful questions to assist landowners in identifying partners and contract terms that best align with their personal and operational goals.