We help Farmers and Ranchers create Agricultural Systems that are Profitable, Ecological, and Equitable.
Because Agricultural Enterprises are businesses that need to be profitable, they rely on Nature to provide the resources necessary for production, and are run by people who are indispensable.
RegenAg Services LLC offers consultation, design, and management services to farmers and ranchers that is beyond organic and sustainable- regenerative. We are thought leaders and innovators in the current renaissance in agriculture, a renaissance of the old and the new, a blending of ancient knowledge and modern technology.
The result is ecological, social, and financial regeneration: the sequestration of carbon into agricultural soils, higher quality nutrient dense food, improved health and livelihoods for farming communities, and moreover the creation of a resilient food system that can adapt to shifting trends in both the climate and the market.
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Regenerative Agriculture restores water cycles, builds soil, raises animals humanely, and empowers farming communities. By working with the patterns of Nature we can regenerate and restore habitats and the biosphere- while providing for humanity's basic needs. Nature is the model- the goal is to mimic natural systems with agricultural production systems.
Degenerative Agriculture is the status quo, taking more resources than it provides. If this trend continues much longer the very resources we rely on for survival will become more and more scarce. By designing farms to harvest water, build soil, increase diversity, and create beneficial relationships for all stakeholders- we can reverse this trend.
WHAT IS REGENERATIVE?
Regenerative Agriculture builds the resources it relies on by integrating project design and management practices to create environmental, economic, and socio-cultural resiliency at every opportunity. Regenerative Agriculture practices significantly improve upon the USDA National Organic Standards, and are applicable at any scale.
● Improves water and mineral cycles on agricultural lands, reducing runoff and improving compliance with environmental regulations
● Preserves and creates soil through sound management practices
● Is carbon neutral or negative through sequestration in soils
● Increases diversity of both agricultural crops and native species
● Decreases reliance on agricultural chemicals such as fertilizers and biocides
● Raises animals humanely as integral parts of the farm ecosystem
● Improves economic resiliency of farming operations through diversified production
● Prioritizes local distribution and value-added products to improve profit margins
● Produces nutrient-dense food products with no chemical residues
● Improves natural capital and ecosystem services on agricultural lands
● Uses socially just business models like cooperatives, profit sharing, and nested enterprises
● Provides local skilled employment and job opportunities for generations
Regenerative Organic Certification
The Rodale Institute has created the Regenerative Organic Certification which is a step above Organic Certification and is in compliance with USDA NOP standards. Read more here.
RegenAg vs DegenAg
● Regenag has Comparable or better yields in most cases
● Lower operating costs because of less reliance on external inputs
● Enhanced natural capital, with the opportunity to increase asset values by regenerating degraded land
● Climatic resilience because healthy soils cope better with droughts and floods
● Positive environmental externalities and the chance to be paid for them, for example through carbon credits
● The ability to sell to higher value markets such as organic or grass- fed meats
● Higher profitability with less volatility
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RegenAg and Climate Change
putting carbon back in the soil
● If management of all current cropland shifted to reflect the regenerative model we could potentially sequester more than 40% of annual carbon emissions
● If all global pasture was managed using a regenerative model, an additional 71% of carbon emissions could be sequestered
● Even if modest assumptions about soil’s carbon sequestration potential are made, regenerative agriculture can easily keep annual emissions to within a desirable range