Cultivate Oregon presents:

Enabling Regenerative Agriculture: Getting Paid for Improving Soil Health

 

This virtual symposium, scheduled for November 10th and 17th of 2020, will educate farmers, orchardists, vintners, ranchers, landowners, managers, philanthropists, decision-makers, state agency personnel, and others on how farmers can get financial rewards for producing healthy soil. 

 Our symposium will cover…

  • The basics and the science behind regenerative agriculture (making soil healthy.) 

  • Government and industry options available and anticipated that encourage carbon farming practices (returning atmospheric CO2 to the soil as plant residues.) 

  • Current and emerging policies and rules on carbon farming/carbon sequestration

  • Front line accomplishments from successful carbon farmers around the globe.

  • Prepare farmers to be able to participate in these future carbon credit programs.

 

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  • Latest News

    Dr. Thakur P. Bhattarai

    Dr. Thakur P. Bhattarai is Speaking on Day 2 of our Soil Symposium. View the full schedule here.  Dr. Thakur P. Bhattarai   Senior Scientist Carbon Link Australia. Dr. Bhattarai is a member of the technical working group, Australian Government, carbon farming methodologies Dr. Thakur Bhattarai is Program Manager (and Technical Specialist on Soil and Carbon) at Carbon Link, Australia, and also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Central Queensland University, Australia. In addition, Dr. Bhattarai is a member of the Australian Technical Working Group, which advises the Department of the Environment on how to improve the current carbon farming methodologies. He is leading a number of large-scale soil and carbon projects in Australia in collaboration with universities, governmental organizations, Regional Groups, and several industry partners. Dr. Bhattarai has over 15 years of experience in soil carbon accounting, carbon management, Agro-Forestry systems, and natural resource management, forest and environmental services, and GIS mapping, including REDD+ mechanisms (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation”; the “+” signifies sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks), and is in demand to speak widely in Australia, UK, Nepal, and South Asian countries. Carbon Link is an Australian company that provides Carbon project management services. Carbon Link is about enabling farmers to put carbon on their bottom line and improve sustainability. We can provide end to end advice and service to help farmers achieve this goal. Carbon Link was born out of the need to support farmers to earn income by improving their soil. Carbon Link has developed systems that provide a turnkey process for landholders to enter the carbon market. Carbon Link is one of the leading service providers in carbon farming markets by providing: the training and guidance to implement practices that restore the landscape and store carbon; services to measure carbon stocks in a cost-effective manner; and support with implementing projects, including farm/ranch aggregation and carbon trading. Dr. Bhattaari’s work at Carbon Link has resulted in the first large scale accurate measurement of soil carbon in the world, down to one meter. This technology is 100 times more accurate than conventional methods. https://carbonfarmingconference.com.au/speakers/dr-thakur-p-bhattarai/ http://carbonlink.com.au/ 
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    Aldyen Donnelly

    Aldyen Donnelly is Speaking on Day 2 of our Soil Symposium. View the full schedule here.  Aldyen Donnelly   Director of Carbon Economics Nori CorporationB.A. (Economics), UBC; graduate studies in Epidemiology, UBC Graduate studies, School of Health Care and Epidemiology, UBC In the mid-1990s. Aldyen started to work on market-driven strategies to reduce atmospheric carbon concentrations. Having gathered together an "emission reduction credit" or "ERC" buyers group, Aldyen developed and executed the world's first major forward ERC purchase agreement to finance carbon sequestration in agricultural soils, as well as the first ERC sales-financed carbon capture and storage project. Aldyen is a co-founder and director of carbon economics at Nori, a carbon removal marketplace launched in 2018. At Nori, she leads the development of methodologies to establish Carbon Removal Certificates and recruits early CRC buyers and suppliers into the marketplace. A small-business developer and consultant for over 40 years, Donnelly started to work on market-driven strategies to reduce atmospheric carbon concentrations in the mid-1990s. Her projects include using emission-reduction credits to finance carbon sequestration in agricultural soils, a stationary fuel-cell application, and carbon-capture and storage projects, among others. Donnelly also co-authored Canadian province Nova Scotia’s 2009 GHG Emissions Regulations, the first of its kind in North America.  There are few things more resilient/predictable than US per capita gasoline demand, which has not shown any statistically significant change--despite price changes--since 1980. -Aldyen Donnelly
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    Granges Can Become Part of Regenerative Agriculture Movement

    Article 2. October 7, 2020 By Dr. Ray Seidler, Cultivate OregonSenior research scientist, U.S. EPA,& member, Bellview Grange #759, OR Reproduced, with permission, from Good Day! Magazine, published by the National Grange. “Granges Can Become Part of Regenerative Agriculture Movement”, by Ray Seidler; Vol. 4, Issue 3, Fall 2020, pp 24-25. Recently, as Sean O’Neil wrote so aptly in the last Quarterly issue of this Good Day! Magazine, “action must be taken on climate change in all sectors of the economy, including agriculture.” Since the Kyoto Protocol of 1997 where nations first agreed in principle to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, global energy-related CO2 emissions have actually increased 50%! Attempts at reducing global CO2 emissions have, unfortunately, not been successful. In late 2019, the prestigious U.S. National Academy of Sciences announced, “to achieve goals for both climate stability and economic growth, ‘negative emissions technologies’ (NETs) that remove [and] then store carbon dioxide from the air will need to play a significant role in mitigating climate change.” Regenerative agricultural practices are ‘negative emissions technologies’ (NETs). And now is the time for land owners to respond to this call and become a part of the solution to help mitigate global warming — and at the same time, reap numerous benefits from increased soil health on their property. NETs from regenerative agriculture have already been in place, albeit on small scale, for many years. However, there have been barriers to adopting regenerative soil practices at the large scale. Farmers, especially during these times of economic hardship, are reluctant to adopt what could be perceived as “new” practices that might not work. This was confirmed by a recent (March, 2020) United Nations online survey of nearly two thousand ranchers and farmers, which revealed that the first barrier listed as an impediment to adopting NET practices is lack of knowledge on how to do it, and secondly, insufficient financial incentives to “try something new.”
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    What is Regenerative Agriculture?

    Article 1. September 12, 2020 By Dr. Ray Seidler, Cultivate Oregon Greetings to all “regenerators” and "future regenerators". This is the first in a series about healthy soil, regenerative agriculture, and climate mitigation as it relates to our November 10th and 17th symposium Enabling Regenerative Agriculture: Getting Paid for Improving Soil Health”, and beyond. In the News is intended as an educational column to summarize recent and ongoing discussions that are related to the upcoming symposium. The issue of soil health and its nexus with crop production and mitigating global warming is over the last 10 years, perhaps the most studied and the least publicly understood of the natural processes on the planet. It would take at least two full-time scientists to keep up with and adequately write about the emerging topics and issues since there is so much going on. You all can help by sending me emails and materials to fill in what I may have missed. Please use the email heading: “In The News”. Send them to rayseidler@cultivateoreogn.org. First, let me briefly point you in the direction to answer a common question I get - "Who is Dr. Ray Seidler?" Just go to this link to find out. Why should we care about a relationship between climate change and agricultural practices? We all need food, right? Today, global warming already impacts significant agricultural and forestry issues. Plants, including crops and forests, are being found at new latitudes, animal life cycles highly dependent upon temperature are changing, insect pests including those that cause human and crop diseases are migrating to northern latitudes, water is growing scarce, drought conditions are expanding throughout the world, and weather extremes are more common. Many of us realize that serious action to mitigate climate change can begin today by changing certain agricultural practices that enable carbon sequestration. Farmers and working landowners have the opportunity to assist with the solution to these problems. 
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