Grazing for Change: The First Western Regional Grazing Conference

Learn to grow more grass, animals, and community at the first Western Regional Grazing Conference: Grazing for Change, on February 27 and 28, 2015, at the Chico State University College of Agriculture Farm Pavilion.

Farmers and ranchers face enormous challenges today, from the drought conditions in the western United States to rising costs of production, regulations, family succession hurdles, and feed availability for livestock. Livestock producers are seeking lasting solutions to these issues

Livestock producers need a way to increase production of the land they have instead of seeking more production ground, which puts them deeper in debt. They need a way for families to plan together for generations so ranches and farms remain ranches and farms. They need rich, fertile soil to lessen their dependence on highly-coveted irrigation water and make the most of the rainfall and moisture received in the arid west. They need rivers to run, soil to stay, and communities to grow.

This is called regenerative agriculture, and holistic management makes it possible. Local livestock producers shouldn’t miss this great opportunity to learn from some of the world's most respected farmers.

Listed below is a sneak peek at the topics covered by the leaders of regenerative agriculture at Grazing for Change. This is just a taste of the great content and conversation provided by the conference. Speaking of taste—experience the Northern California State with lunch provided by local caterers, Bacios; meat donated by Llano Seco and Belcampo Meat Company; and greens grown locally just for this event. Engage in conversation with the speakers and meet leading authors covering the topics of regenerative agriculture, soil cultivation, holistic management and more. Lastly, make new friends in fellow attendees during a social hour on Saturday afternoon and enjoy the local food scene with Chico’s finest microbrewery beer, wine, cheese, and sausages.

  • Grazing in nature’s Image, the role of Holistic Management (HM); Allan Savory, President and Co-Founder of the Savory Institute
  • An Australian perspective on managing rangelands for drought: what you can do to improve your water holding capacity on-farm; Dr. Christine Jones, Australian Grasslands Ecologist and Soil Scientist and Co-Founder of the Amazing Carbon Project
  • How to run more livestock on public land; Tony Malmberg, Rancher and Consultant for Grasslands, LLC
  • Regenerating landscapes with cover crop cocktails and planned grazing; applications to California grasslands; Gabe Brown, Owner and operator of a 5,400 acre diversified livestock and cropping operation in Bismark, North Dakota

Dig into the principles and practices of holistic management in hands-on workshops, roundtable discussions, and talks led by accredited holistic management educators including Allan Savory, Jason Rowntree, Rob Rutherford, Bill Burrows, Dr. Christine Jones, Tony Malmberg, and Gabe Brown. Learn more about all our speakers. Spend an extra day with us on a ranch tour on March 1, led by Chico State professor Dr. Cindy Daley, Gabe Brown, and innovative holistic management practitioners.

Grazing for Change is an essential event for farmers and ranchers seeking new tools and practices to cope with drought, rising costs of production, and pasture availability. Small-scale and urban farmers, consumers, students, and anyone working to make sustainable decisions in their lives will benefit. Grazing for Change is hosted by Chico State University College of Agriculture, the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management, and the Savory Institute.

Register today to save your seat! Enter the promotional code Local2015 when registering to receive 15% off through January 15.