Published: February 8, 2023

Category: Regenerative Agriculture

Heifer USA announced the launch of the Heifer Ranch Center for Regenerative Agriculture, highlighting its commitment to assist small-scale farmers in adopting science-based, environmentally friendly, and climate-smart practices.

Heifer USA trains small-scale farmers in the United States in practices that help generate healthier land bases and economically viable farms, with promotion of regenerative farming—to mitigate drought, sequester carbon, and increase ecosystem biodiversity.

Donna Kilpatrick, Director of the Center, said, “Every practice we follow at the [Heifer] Ranch, and every practice we teach farmers, is based upon the principles of soil health and how we can restart nature’s cycles by working with it instead of against it.”

As a Network Hub for the Savory Institute, a world leader in regenerative agriculture, the Ranch Center will serve as a research, education, training, and demonstration site. A key objective of the regenerative methods promoted by Heifer is to rebuild soil organic matter and restore soil biodiversity through practices such as: holistic planned grazing; planned rest; and the use of cover crops to keep armor on the soil, provide diverse forage for livestock, and increase biological activity below the soil surface.

Organic & Non-GMO Insights, February 2023