Griggs Farm LLC has been operating in Tennessee since 1882. Today, it is run across approximately 2,000 acres by Matt and Kelly Griggs, husband and wife who came back to the farm from college in 2002, and Matt’s sister Jocelyn, who joined shortly thereafter in 2005. The focus over the last two decades has been conservation, which has netted the family reductions in herbicide, fertilizer, and irrigation.
Before Mike Bretz was figuring out how to capture carbon in his family farm’s soil, he was in a boardroom working to take carbon out of his company’s supply chain. The project – which included reducing travel and optimizing backhauls, offsetting with carbon credits and planting trees – was the culmination of a 30-year career in the food industry. For Mike, it was a months-long crash course in how much one company could scale back their carbon footprint, help to preserve our climate; only when you’re forced to save do you realize how much you spend.
Kasey Bryant Bamberger is a third-generation partner in Bryant Agriculture Enterprise. That’s a general title, with broad responsibilities, from running the financials to ensuring safety and compliance, selecting crop insurance to driving public relations.With a collective footprint of 16,000 corn and soybean acres, the Bryant’s operation spans six counties of southwest Ohio—all of which are under Kasey and her cousin Heath’s trained operational eye.
Low cost, high output. That’s the mindset of Ray Sneed and his four brothers, a family of row crop farmers based north of Memphis, Tennessee. It’s a mindset that has led the Sneeds to rely on beneficial practices – to use cover crops and no-till across their soybeans, cotton, corn, and wheat acres. Recently, they have brought on some cows and calves to the farm to try the benefits of integrated grazing.
Doug Keesling thinks of himself, and his fellow farmers, as environmentalists. “Most farmers want what’s best for their land, the next generation, and the world’s soil,” he said. Doug grew the wheat on his farm in Kansas for a sustainable beer brewing partnership with Dogfish Head. “We’re looking for ways to pass the farm on to our sons and daughters.”
Chris Prevatt, a 32-year-old rancher based out of Alabama – and the winner of this year’s inaugural Carbon Cup – started out attending conferences. Down south for the Grassfed Exchange, up north for No-Till on the Plains. Attendees were using the same phrases at both, like “mimic nature.” Or “farm carbon.” The seed of an idea was planted in Chris’ mind.
By David Perry
We have a trillion-ton problem, which cannot be addressed by the photosynthesis of a single plant. But when it comes to agriculture, we are not talking about one plant – we are talking about tens of thousands of plants per acre, and 3.6 billion acres of farmland worldwide.
By David Potere
Two weeks ago, at the inaugural Beneficial Ag event in Memphis, Indigo was proud to participate in a growing community of innovators from across the food system. One of the questions we asked ourselves was, “What are the technological capabilities needed to catalyze the beneficial agriculture movement?” We believe a new way for seeing the global food system is part of what’s needed next. That’s why we’re building Indigo Atlas – a geospatial platform for solving agricultural problems at a planetary scale. Here, I will explain why Atlas is important, give a glimpse of the technology under the hood, and share some recent examples of Atlas in action.