Podcast 007 – World Wildlife Fund on Sustainable Ranching

Image via World Wildlife Fund
Image via World Wildlife Fund

Happy Earth Day this week! I hope you celebrate by sharing more about the work our farmers and ranchers are doing to conserve our environment and be more sustainable in maintaining our open spaces. On Episode 7 of the Agriculture Proud Podcast I feature a conservation group you may have heard about, but may not have connected with the farming and ranching community.

Nancy Labbe World Wildlife Fund Sustainable Ranching Initiative
Nancy Labbe World Wildlife Fund Sustainable Ranching Initiative

In this week’s episode, I am joined by Jesse Tufte and Nancy Labbe of the World Wildlife Fund. Both of these gals work with WWF’s Sustainable Ranching Initiative, which works “to establish a productive dialogue between conservation interests and the ranching community in the Northern Great Plains; driven by the goal of maintaining grasslands by ensuring that ranching stays viable and sustainable.” I was first introduced to this program while working with the Montana Stockgrowers Association. WWF expressed interest in and continued to work with us to enhance Montana’s Environmental Stewardship Award Program which works to recognize ranchers who do great work in the areas of environmental sustainability, conservation and stewardship work.

Jesse Tufte World Wildlife Fund Sustainable Ranching Initiative
Jesse Tufte World Wildlife Fund Sustainable Ranching Initiative

While many in the farming and ranching community may not immediately recognize it, we do a great deal of work in these areas. The WWF has been working with ranchers to identify tools and measure their efforts toward greater sustainability. I had a great conversation with Jesse and Nancy and even learned a thing or two. I think you’ll enjoy it.

Be sure to visit their website to learn more – WorldWildlife.org/ranching.

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