Beef Program

Ranching for the Future

The Ranching for the Future program seeks to enable sustainable efficiency gains for ranches - while also reducing the greenhouse gas impact of beef production. The pilot phase will help participants and the program partners understand current management approaches, identify potential emission reducing practices, and analyze market incentives and rewards for those changes.

Phase 1 Enrollment Closed

This program is designed for ranchers in South Dakota and Minnesota who are interested in opportunities to reduce emissions through herd management; diet changes and feed additives; and nutrient management. Sign up for news about future phases.

Program Details and Benefits

Throughout this multi-phase program, we will work with producers to make data-informed decisions, navigating options to optimize resiliency and economic return.

In the current Pilot Phase, participating producers will receive:

  • Customized plan based on operational goals and opportunities, with recommendations for improvements, timelines, and funding options.
  • Per-head payment
  • Year-long complimentary subscription to AgriWebb, a leading livestock management software.

This first phase will not include any requirements to implement practice changes. SustainAg Advisors will visit each participating ranch, working with the rancher to understand current management and utilize digital platforms to analyze practice-change options. At the end of this phase, SustainAg advisors will share findings, with a plan for future practice change options that reduce emissions, along with the payment potential for those reductions.


Cannot be concurrently enrolled in a carbon program based on the program practices. Preference will be given to producers with three years of farm records and historic data.

Data Privacy

Individual data will be securely stored in the AgriWebb platform. No individual data will be shared outside of this program.

Program Partners

This program is presented by McDonald’s, AgSpire, AgriWebb, and Regrow Ag.

Program Advisors

Technical Advisor
Technical Advisor