Regenerative Grazing to Mitigate Climate Change (2019-2020)

This Bass Connections project aimed to advance sustainable meat production through policy reform and carbon offset funding.

The policy team provided a menu of options for policymakers and advocates on the federal, state and local levels that galvanized adoption of regenerative grazing practices on North Carolina farms. These targeted policy recommendations reward early-adopters – farmers who have already embraced regenerative grazing practices – while addressing barriers to adoption to help new farmers enter the regenerative grazing space.

The protocol team explored new funding streams for farmers interested in adopting regenerative grazing practices. In the project’s inaugural year, team members developed a carbon offset protocol for use through the Offset Network. Team members worked on a demonstration project in partnership with the Triangle Land Conservancy and Newbold Farms to ensure the protocol is accessible to the operations and scale of most North Carolina grazers.


Fall 2019 – Spring 2020

Team Outputs

Saskia Cornes. Regenerative Grazing to Mitigate Climate Change ($14,787 grant awarded from Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, 2019)

Sustainable Meat Production in NC (Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Virtual Showcase 2020)

Regenerative Grazing NC


Bridget Eklund

This Team in the News

Bonnie Joins Biden-Harris Administration in Climate Role at USDA

Carolina Meat Conference

Reflections of the Carolina Meat Conference

See related team, Regenerative Grazing to Mitigate Climate Change (2020-2021).


Image: Rocks and cows, by Bob White, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Rocks and cows, by Bob White, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Team Leaders

  • Matthew Arsenault, Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative
  • Emma Fulop, Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative
  • Daniel (Lee) Miller, Duke Law
  • Michelle Nowlin, Duke Law
  • Leslie Wolverton, Duke Campus Farm

/graduate Team Members

  • Paelina DeStephano, Masters of Public Policy
  • Bridget Eklund, Juris Doctor
  • Hannah Elson, Juris Doctor
  • Hannah Kelley-Bell, Business and Environment
  • Courtney McCorstin, Business and Environment
  • Emily McNamara, Master of Environmental Management, Ecosystem Science and Conservation
  • Erik Rieger, Master of Environmental Management, Ecosystem Science and Conservation
  • Corey Sugerik, Master of Environmental Management, Environmental Economics/Policy

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Olivia Olsher
  • Annie Roberts, Environmental Sciences (BS)
  • Amy Yoon

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • Robert Bonnie, Nicholas School of the Environment
  • Marcus Carson, Office of Sustainability
  • Daniel Richter, Nicholas School of the Environment-Environmental Sciences and Policy

/zcommunity Team Members

  • Sarah Blacklin, NC Choices
  • Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
  • Jeffrey Creque, Marin Carbon Project
  • Jennifer Curtis, Firsthand Foods
  • Torri Estrada, Marin Carbon Project
  • Alan Franzluebbers, North Carolina State University
  • Paul Gambill, Nori
  • Anthony Myint, The Perennial and ZeroFoodprint
  • Matt Poore, North Carolina State University
  • Nancy Ranney, Ranney Ranch
  • Johnny Rogers, Amazing Grazing
  • Tom Shea, Undergraduate Student, NCSU
  • Charlotte Talbott, Undergraduate Student, NCSU