List of carbon ranches

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Carbon ranches are places with regenerative agriculture practices that specifically accomplish carbon sequestration in the soil, also called carbon farming.

Cultivated soils lost between 50 and 70 percent of their original carbon stock.[1][when?] A 2% increase in the carbon content of soil could offset all greenhouse gas emissions going into the atmosphere.[2] Grasslands cover 350 billion hectares, comprising 70% of global agricultural land,[3] making carbon ranching an especially climate beneficial alternative to meat produced as part of a concentrated animal feeding operation. Carbon ranching may include, but is not limited to managed intensive rotational grazing, compost application, holistic management and tree planting.[4]

There are many research groups and NGOs studying and advancing this field, including Arizona State University,[5] The Carbon Cycle Institute,[6] Holistic Management International, The Ohio State University,[7] The Quivira Coalition,[8] The Savory Institute,[9] The Soil Carbon Coalition,[10] Texas A&M University.[11]


Country State Farm or ranch SOM% (spot test only) Ref
United States California Morris Grass Fed [12]
United States California Markegard Family Grass-Fed [13]
United States California Estill Ranch [14]
United States California TomKat Ranch [15]
United States California Stemple Creek Ranch [16]
United States California Singing Frogs Farm 6.5-9%[17] [18]
United States California Straus Dairy [19]
United States California Paicines Ranch [20]
United States Georgia White Oak Pastures [21]
United States Massachusetts Many Hands Organic Farm [22]
United States Massachusetts Woven Roots Farm [23]
United States New Mexico Ranney Ranch [24]
United States New Mexico JX Ranch [25]
United States New York Stone House Farm [26]
United States North Dakota Brown's Ranch 5%[27] [28]
United States Texas Green Fields Farm [29]
United States Vermont Studio Hill Farm [30]
United States Virginia Polyface Farm [31]


  1. "Soil as Carbon Storehouse:New Weapon in Climate Fight?". Retrieved 18 Jan 2017.
  2. "How to Farm Carbon". Retrieved 18 Jan 2017.
  3. "Challenges and opportunities for carbon sequestration in grassland systems" (PDF). Retrieved 18 Jan 2017.
  4. "Draft Carbon Farm Plan". Retrieved 18 Jan 2017.
  5. "One Million Tons Project (1MMt)". Retrieved 18 Jan 2017.
  6. "Carbon Cycle Institute Page". Retrieved 18 Jan 2017.
  7. "OARDC". Retrieved 18 Jan 2017.
  8. "Quivira Coalition". Retrieved 18 Jan 2017.
  9. "Savory Institute". Retrieved 18 Jan 2017.
  10. "Soil Carbon Change". Retrieved 18 Jan 2017.
  11. "Ranch Management University". Retrieved 18 Jan 2017.
  12. "Remonitoring in California". Retrieved 18 Jan 2017.
  13. "San Mateo County ranchers feed growing demand for grass-fed beef". Retrieved 18 Jan 2017.
  14. "Lani's Lana – Fibershed". Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  15. Strom, Stephanie (2013-11-11). "An Accidental Cattle Ranch Points the Way in Sustainable Farming". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  16. "Stemple Creek Ranch – Fibershed". Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  17. "Pay Dirt - ACRES USA Magazine, January 2016". Scribd. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  18. "Hope Under Our Feet: The Marin Carbon Project". Edible Marin & Wine Country. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  19. "Marin Carbon Project". Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  20. "San Mateo County ranchers feed growing demand for grass-fed beef – The Mercury News". Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  21. "Case study - High steaks: a humane and sustainable 'farm to fork' beef system in the US" (PDF). Retrieved 18 Jan 2017.
  22. "Farming with Animals, Cover Crops, Manure, Mulches, and Minimal Tillage · The Natural Farmer". The Natural Farmer. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  23. "Intensive No-Till at Woven Roots Farm · The Natural Farmer". The Natural Farmer. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  24. Ranney, Nancy. "Working with Carbon on the Ranney Ranch" (PDF). Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  25. "Healing the Carbon Cycle with Cattle - The Solutions Journal". The Solutions Journal. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  26. "Cover Cropping at Stone House Farm · The Natural Farmer". The Natural Farmer. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  27. "Holistic Planned Cropping - Holistic Management International" (PDF).
  28. "Brown's Ranch: Farming in Nature's Image to Regenerate Land, Productivity, and Quality of Life (Sustainable Agriculture)". Sustainable Agriculture (Penn State Extension). Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  29. "The Soil Savior". NRDC. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  30. "Regenerative Agriculture: Taking Root in Vermont". Vermont Farm to Plate. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  31. "Could carbon farming help reverse climate change? | Business Sustainability Collaborative". Retrieved 2017-03-15.

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