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Modules

Modules that satisfy the requirements of the Rancher Resilience Grant are indicated by this star symbol:

Introduction

This introductory module is the first in each series of modules. Once you have completed the introduction, continue with the modules for your sector below.

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Cow-calf, Stocker, and Backgrounder Modules

Below are a series of modules for grazing operations, aimed at supporting actions that can improve the sustainability of your operation and the beef value chain.

Grazing

Grazing

BEGIN MODULE

Producers and ranchers are stewards of the land, tasked with taking care of not only livestock, but the forage species, soil, water, air, and wildlife.

Profitability & Efficiencies

Profitability & Efficiencies

BEGIN MODULE

Efficient and productive cow-calf operations are central to the sustainability and profitability of the entire beef value chain.

Herd Health

Herd Health

BEGIN MODULE

Ranchers and producers have a moral and ethical responsibility to ensure proper health and well-being of their animals.

Transition Planning

Transition Planning

BEGIN MODULE

One challenge for many cow-calf producers across the U.S. is how to successfully transfer their business to another entity (whether they are family or not) and maintain its farming or ranching heritage.

Worker Safety

Worker Safety

BEGIN MODULE

The safety and well-being of farm and ranch employees is of utmost importance in production agriculture.


Grazing Management Plan Development

As cattle producers, you know your land, herd, and natural resources better than anyone else. Use this module below to see how you can continue to excel in your operations.

Grazing

Grazing Management Plan Development

BEGIN MODULE

Grazing Management Plans serve to strengthen and increase farm and ranch resilience and are customizable for your operation.


Auction Market Modules

Below are a series of modules for operators and employees of auction markets.

Animal Health

Animal Health

BEGIN MODULE

Auction markets have a moral and ethical responsibility to ensure proper health and well-being of animals.

Employee Safety

Employee Safety

BEGIN MODULE

The safety and well-being of auction market employees is of utmost importance.

Water Management

Water Management

BEGIN MODULE

Auction markets are stewards of the land, tasked with taking care of livestock and water resources used to support them.


Feedyard Modules

Below are a series of modules for feedyard owners, managers, and employees. These modules may also be helpful for confined cow-calf, stocker, or backgrounder operations as well.

Animal Health

Animal Health

BEGIN MODULE

Feedyards have a moral and ethical responsibility to ensure proper health and well-being of their animals.

Efficiencies & Profitability

Efficiencies & Profitability

BEGIN MODULE

Efficient and productive feedyards are vital to the sustainability and profitability of the entire beef value chain.

Employee Safety

Employee Safety

BEGIN MODULE

The safety and well-being of feedyard employees is of utmost importance.

Environmental Strategies

Environmental Strategies

BEGIN MODULE

Feedyards are stewards of the land, tasked with taking care of livestock, as well as the soil, water, and air that supports them.


Packers & Processors Modules

Below are a series of modules for beef packers and processors.

Animal Health

Protecting & Improving Animal Health

BEGIN MODULE

Ensuring that cattle have the highest standards of health and well-being is beneficial to the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of the entire beef industry.

Waste Reduction

Waste Reduction

BEGIN MODULE

Investing the time to review and compare performance outcomes can enhance decision making and the sustainability of packers and processors.

Employee Safety

Employee Safety & Well-Being

BEGIN MODULE

Employee safety and well-being is a critical component to a sustainable packer or processor operation.

Environmental Strategies

Environmental Strategies

BEGIN MODULE

Packers and processors must steward water, land, and air resources for the future success of the sector and beef supply chain.


Retail & Food Service Modules

Below are a series of modules for beef retailers and food service operators.

Animal Health

Animal Health

BEGIN MODULE

Although the retail and food service sector does not directly interact with live animals, through the beef value chain it engages with those who do. The sector has a moral and ethical responsibility to ensure proper health and well-being of the animals from their suppliers.

Food Waste Reduction

Food Waste Reduction

BEGIN MODULE

Not only does decreasing waste improve profitability it demonstrates the industry truly values the natural resources involved in producing beef and the nutritional value of beef to the human population.

Employee Safety

Employee Safety

BEGIN MODULE

Worker safety should be a top priority for any employer, including retail and food service operations. Preventing accidents and injuries and providing the proper training and equipment can have positive impacts on your business.

Environmental Strategies

Environmental Strategies

BEGIN MODULE

Retail and food service operators are responsible for maintaining their environmental goals pertaining to water, land, and air quality and greenhouse gas emissions.

Grazing Management Plan Development

As cattle producers, you know your land, herd, and natural resources better than anyone else. Use this module below to see how you can continue to excel in your operations.

This module satisfies the requirements of the Rancher Resilience Grant.

Grazing

Grazing Management Plan Development

BEGIN MODULE

Grazing Management Plans serve to strengthen and increase farm and ranch resilience and are customizable for your operation.

Introduction

The USRSB set High-Priority Indicator Goals and Sector Targets around six key indicators of sustainability. These goals and sector-level targets are a starting point of accelerating improvements; they are not the end point, rather they are a catalyst for the industry to innovate and demonstrate our collective ambition to improve outcomes. This module series explores areas of success and opportunity for improvement for each sector of the beef supply chain around each indicator.

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High-Priority Indicators

Greenhouse Gas

Air & Greenhouse Gas Emissions

BEGIN MODULE

Shifts in global climate have the potential to threaten food production, impair livelihoods and food security and impact biodiversity. The beef industry is well positioned to make positive contributions to solving this urgent global problem through reduction of key GHGs, including methane, and storage/sequestration of carbon in soils.

Land Resources

Land Resources

BEGIN MODULE

Temperate grasslands, like those in the U.S., are one of the most at-risk major terrestrial ecosystems on Earth. Well-managed grazing lands and the people that steward them are a critical part of the solution to many of the social and ecological challenges today.

Water Resources

Water Resources

BEGIN MODULE

Water is a critical resource, necessary for both people and nature to survive and thrive. Water scarcity and deteriorating water quality in many parts of the U.S. can affect the ability of the beef industry to meet the needs of consumers and support the communities in which it operates.

Employee Safety

Employee Safety & Well-Being

BEGIN MODULE

For members of the U.S. beef industry to be truly sustainable organizations, they must showcase their values, including their commitment to employee safety, training and well-being. The employee safety & well-being indicator specifically covers safety programs and training and other hallmark protections of safe workplaces.

Animal Health

Animal Health & Well-Being

BEGIN MODULE

Animal health and well-being is fundamentally important to the beef industry. It is a moral imperative for the industry to continue to care for animals in ways that are science-based, align with shared values of consumers and account for expectations of consumers and other stakeholders.

Efficiency and Yield

Efficiency & Yield

BEGIN MODULE

At a high level, efficiency and yield encompasses sustainable economic viability and responsibly stewarding resources. Profitability is essential to the long-term future of the entire value chain. Improving resource use efficiency and minimizing waste (resources, time and capital) through the beef value chain is a major driver of beef's continuous improvement in sustainability.

If you are completing these modules as part of your application for the Ranchers Resilience Grant, you must provide your name and email to ensure completion credit for each module. Please enter the same name and email address below that you used in your grant application.