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RANCHER: Trying To Reverse Global Warming (In His Fourth Successful Career)

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John, a former carpenter, construction project manager, and computer animator turned rancher, is identifying agricultural management practices that can lead to the reduction of carbon in the atmosphere and reverse global warming.

Degree: Construction Management
Job Title: Rancher, Researcher
Employer: Marin Carbon Project

Job Summary: Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers

Job Description

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers run establishments that produce crops, livestock, and dairy products.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

All state university systems have at least one land-grant college or university with a school of agriculture. Common programs of study include business with a concentration in agriculture, farm management, agronomy, dairy science, and agricultural economics.

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMR)

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
Confirm
$30,000 - $105,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
-8 to 0 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Seasonal, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Likes working with hands, Strength/stamina

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
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m='15255'>I</span> <span m='15530'>went</span> <span m='15890'>back</span> <span m='16170'>to</span> <span m='16280'>school,</span> <span m='16630'>San</span> <span m='16980'>Francisco</span> <span m='17470'>State,</span> <span m='17960'>and got a</span> <span m='18450'>certificate</span> <span m='18940'>in</span> <span m='19430'>construction</span> <span m='19920'>project</span> <span m='20410'>management,</span> <span m='21390'>and</span> <span m='21880'>enjoyed</span> <span m='22370'>a</span> <span m='23350'>very good</span> <span m='23840'>career in</span> <span m='24330'>that</span> <span m='24820'>for a while.</span> </p><p><span m='25800'>And then my</span> <span m='26290'>wife's</span> <span m='26780'>career</span> <span m='27270'>became very</span> <span m='27760'>interesting.</span> <span m='28670'>She's</span> <span m='29070'>a</span> <span m='29210'>children's</span> <span m='29465'>book</span> <span m='29720'>author and</span> <span m='30110'>illustrator.</span> <span m='30995'>And</span> <span m='31985'>her</span> <span m='32480'>career</span> <span m='32975'>took off,</span> <span m='33470'>and</span> <span m='33965'>we made</span> <span m='34460'>a decision</span> <span m='35450'>that I would</span> <span m='35945'>go back to</span> <span m='36440'>school</span> <span m='36935'>again</span> <span m='37430'>and study</span> <span m='37925'>computer</span> <span m='38420'>modeling</span> <span m='38915'>and computer</span> <span m='39410'>animation.</span> </p><p><span m='40400'>So then I</span> <span m='40895'>became</span> <span m='41390'>the</span> <span m='41885'>support</span> <span m='42380'>staff</span> <span m='42875'>for my wife's</span> <span m='43370'>business,</span> <span m='43865'>which is</span> <span m='44360'>children's</span> <span m='44855'>books.</span> <span m='45350'>You may know one of</span> <span m='45845'>them.</span> <span m='46340'>It's</span> <span m='46587'><i>Good</i></span> <span m='46835'><i>Night,</i></span> <span m='47330'><i>Gorilla.</i></span> <span m='47825'>Her</span> <span m='48350'><i>Officer</i></span> <span m='48530'><i>Buckle</i></span> <span m='48570'><i>and Gloria</i></span> <span m='49060'>won the</span> <span m='49520'>Caldecott</span> <span m='50007'>Award in</span> <span m='50494'>1996.</span> </p><p><span m='51955'>And</span> <span m='52442'>so</span> <span m='52929'>based on</span> <span m='53416'>the success of our</span> <span m='53903'>children's</span> <span m='54390'>books,</span> <span m='55030'>we</span> <span m='55290'>were</span> <span m='55480'>able</span> <span m='55740'>to</span> <span m='56100'>then</span> <span m='56591'>buy a</span> <span m='57082'>ranch.</span> <span m='57573'>And then I became</span> <span m='58064'>a</span> <span m='58555'>rancher</span> <span m='59046'>in</span> <span m='59537'>1998.</span> <span m='61010'>And</span> <span m='61501'>through that</span> <span m='61992'>experience,</span> <span m='62483'>I've</span> <span m='62974'>learned</span> <span m='63465'>to</span> <span m='64938'>work with</span> <span m='65429'>researchers.</span> <span m='66411'>And</span> <span m='67393'>collaborating</span> <span m='68375'>with</span> <span m='68866'>Dr. Jeff</span> <span m='69357'>Creque,</span> <span m='69848'>we have</span> <span m='70339'>created the</span> <span m='70830'>Marin Carbon</span> <span m='71321'>Project.</span> <span m='71812'>And we're</span> <span m='72303'>doing</span> <span m='72794'>extensive</span> <span m='73285'>research</span> <span m='73776'>in</span> <span m='74758'>agricultural</span> <span m='75740'>systems</span> <span m='76231'>to</span> <span m='76730'>learn</span> <span m='77170'>practices</span> <span m='77820'>that are</span> <span m='78040'>known</span> <span m='78390'>to</span> <span m='78740'>stop,</span> <span m='79160'>then reverse,</span> <span m='79646'>global warming,</span> <span m='80132'>which is a</span> <span m='80618'>pretty exciting</span> <span m='81104'>topic.</span> </p><p><span m='82076'>And we've had</span> <span m='82562'>great</span> <span m='83048'>success.</span> <span m='83534'>We've actually</span> <span m='84020'>come out with a</span> <span m='84506'>peer-reviewed</span> <span m='84992'>paper.</span> <span m='85964'>And we now</span> <span m='86450'>know that</span> <span m='86936'>there are</span> <span m='87422'>management</span> <span m='87908'>practices</span> <span m='88394'>that can</span> <span m='88880'>remove</span> <span m='89366'>atmospheric</span> <span m='89852'>carbon</span> <span m='90338'>at a rate</span> <span m='90824'>that</span> <span m='91310'>actually will benefit</span> <span m='91796'>the</span> <span m='92282'>planet</span> <span m='93280'>while</span> <span m='93640'>producing</span> <span m='94140'>safe</span> <span m='94450'>and</span> <span m='94560'>healthy</span> <span m='95060'>food</span> <span m='95512'>and</span> <span m='95964'>increasing</span> <span m='96416'>water quality,</span> <span m='96868'>capacity</span> <span m='97320'>of</span> <span m='97772'>soil,</span> <span m='98224'>and</span> <span m='99025'>things</span> <span m='99370'>like</span> <span m='99590'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='100220'>So</span> <span m='100420'>we're</span> <span m='100730'>here</span> <span m='100910'>today</span> <span m='101410'>at the</span> <span m='101891'>California</span> <span m='102853'>Climate</span> <span m='103815'>Action</span> <span m='104296'>Network</span> <span m='105739'>event</span> <span m='106220'>in Davis,</span> <span m='106701'>California,</span> <span m='107663'>to</span> <span m='108150'>talk</span> <span m='108470'>about</span> <span m='108760'>these</span> <span m='108950'>strategies</span> <span m='109600'>and</span> <span m='109800'>other</span> <span m='109920'>strategies</span> <span m='110380'>in</span> <span m='110821'>agricultural</span> <span m='111262'>systems,</span> <span m='112585'>both</span> <span m='113026'>exploring the</span> <span m='113467'>impact of</span> <span m='113910'>climate</span> <span m='114360'>on the</span> <span m='114580'>systems,</span> <span m='115100'>and</span> <span m='115280'>then</span> <span m='116060'>what</span> <span m='116210'>I'm</span> <span m='116430'>introducing</span> <span m='116790'>is</span> <span m='117290'>how the</span> <span m='117460'>systems</span> <span m='118000'>can</span> <span m='118140'>impact</span> <span m='118420'>the</span> <span m='118700'>climate,</span> <span m='119015'>which is</span> <span m='119330'>a</span> <span m='119420'>nice spin on</span> <span m='119780'>things.</span> </p><p><span m='121260'>I'll</span> <span m='121470'>tell you,</span> <span m='121800'>the</span> <span m='121880'>thing</span> <span m='122080'>about</span> <span m='122330'>my day</span> <span m='122400'>is it</span> <span m='122830'>starts with a</span> <span m='123240'>calendar,</span> <span m='123700'>and I keep a</span> <span m='124125'>calendar</span> <span m='124550'>on my</span> <span m='124975'>phone.</span> <span m='125400'>It's very</span> <span m='125825'>helpful</span> <span m='126625'>because</span> <span m='127000'>when</span> <span m='127120'>I</span> <span m='127150'>wake</span> <span m='127410'>up</span> <span m='127510'>in</span> <span m='127590'>the</span> <span m='127660'>morning</span> <span m='127940'>I have</span> <span m='128380'>to</span> <span m='129164'>re-engage</span> <span m='130370'>with</span> <span m='130850'>whatever</span> <span m='131270'>the</span> <span m='131570'>current</span> <span m='132040'>project</span> <span m='132480'>I</span> <span m='132530'>was</span> <span m='132780'>working</span> <span m='133130'>on.</span> <span m='133900'>So</span> <span m='134140'>it's</span> <span m='134280'>a</span> <span m='134310'>very</span> <span m='134510'>dynamic</span> <span m='135030'>life.</span> <span m='138070'>A</span> <span m='138140'>lot</span> <span m='138330'>of</span> <span m='138410'>it's</span> <span m='138550'>based</span> <span m='138790'>on</span> <span m='138880'>agricultural</span> <span m='139600'>seasons.</span> </p><p><span m='140140'>So</span> <span m='140620'>on</span> <span m='140840'>my</span> <span m='140980'>ranch,</span> <span m='141260'>I do</span> <span m='141540'>graze it,</span> <span m='141835'>but I</span> <span m='142130'>only graze</span> <span m='142610'>it</span> <span m='143090'>for</span> <span m='143180'>five</span> <span m='143470'>weeks a</span> <span m='143900'>year.</span> <span m='144260'>And the</span> <span m='144706'>intention</span> <span m='145152'>there</span> <span m='145598'>is to use</span> <span m='146044'>grazing</span> <span m='146490'>animals--</span> <span m='147080'>cows</span> <span m='147580'>in</span> <span m='147660'>my</span> <span m='147800'>case--</span> <span m='148170'>as</span> <span m='148390'>a</span> <span m='148460'>management</span> <span m='148820'>tool</span> <span m='149180'>to</span> <span m='149530'>promote native</span> <span m='150018'>grass</span> <span m='150506'>systems.</span> <span m='151482'>And</span> <span m='151970'>in</span> <span m='152460'>that,</span> <span m='152660'>we</span> <span m='152880'>pick</span> <span m='153120'>the</span> <span m='153210'>time</span> <span m='153530'>of</span> <span m='153630'>year to</span> <span m='153860'>bring the</span> <span m='154150'>cows</span> <span m='154480'>on</span> <span m='154620'>the</span> <span m='154680'>system,</span> <span m='155640'>and</span> <span m='155860'>then</span> <span m='156270'>graze</span> <span m='156555'>it</span> <span m='156840'>intensively</span> <span m='157315'>for</span> <span m='157790'>five</span> <span m='158100'>weeks</span> <span m='158430'>and then</span> <span m='158550'>send them</span> <span m='158780'>away.</span> </p><p><span m='159410'>So</span> <span m='159610'>during</span> <span m='160000'>the</span> <span m='160420'>spring,</span> <span m='161170'>I'm actually</span> <span m='161653'>a</span> <span m='162136'>rancher</span> <span m='162619'>where I'm moving</span> <span m='163102'>cows</span> <span m='163585'>every day.</span> <span m='164068'>I get up at 6:00</span> <span m='164551'>in the morning.</span> <span m='165034'>I go out</span> <span m='165517'>with the</span> <span m='166000'>herd.</span> <span m='166483'>I</span> <span m='166966'>make sure they</span> <span m='167449'>have plenty of</span> <span m='167932'>water.</span> <span m='168415'>And then I</span> <span m='168898'>move</span> <span m='169381'>fences and</span> <span m='169864'>move the</span> <span m='170347'>cows,</span> <span m='170830'>and then</span> <span m='171313'>decide</span> <span m='171796'>what to do</span> <span m='172279'>the next day.</span> <span m='173730'>The</span> <span m='174140'>intention</span> <span m='174560'>here is</span> <span m='174880'>to</span> <span m='175272'>keep</span> <span m='175664'>track of</span> <span m='176056'>the</span> <span m='176950'>amount</span> <span m='177160'>of</span> <span m='177370'>grass</span> <span m='177420'>the cows</span> <span m='177775'>are</span> <span m='178130'>eating</span> <span m='179190'>and</span> <span m='179360'>then</span> <span m='179520'>make</span> <span m='179710'>sure I've got enough</span> <span m='179980'>grass</span> <span m='180426'>planned</span> <span m='180872'>for the day</span> <span m='181318'>ahead of</span> <span m='181764'>them.</span> </p><p><span m='182660'>But once</span> <span m='182990'>that's over,</span> <span m='183360'>then</span> <span m='183640'>I've</span> <span m='184030'>been</span> <span m='184500'>involved</span> <span m='184920'>a lot</span> <span m='185010'>with</span> <span m='185420'>promoting</span> <span m='185900'>these</span> <span m='186824'>practices</span> <span m='187286'>that we've</span> <span m='187750'>developed</span> <span m='188060'>with</span> <span m='188370'>the</span> <span m='188440'>researchers.</span> <span m='188840'>And I</span> <span m='189240'>do a lot</span> <span m='189721'>of</span> <span m='190683'>public</span> <span m='191164'>events</span> <span m='191645'>like what we're doing</span> <span m='192126'>today,</span> <span m='192607'>participating</span> <span m='193088'>in</span> <span m='193569'>something</span> <span m='194050'>like this.</span> <span m='195980'>So</span> <span m='196800'>a</span> <span m='197180'>typical day</span> <span m='197640'>is</span> <span m='197780'>not</span> <span m='197950'>typical.</span> </p><p><span m='198780'>So</span> <span m='199230'>if</span> <span m='199380'>I</span> <span m='199440'>had</span> <span m='199590'>any</span> <span m='199790'>advice</span> <span m='200120'>to</span> <span m='200260'>anyone,</span> <span m='200700'>it's to always</span> <span m='201177'>learn</span> <span m='201654'>everything</span> <span m='202131'>all the</span> <span m='202608'>time.</span> <span m='203085'>And</span> <span m='203562'>keep</span> <span m='204040'>learning,</span> <span m='204350'>because</span> <span m='204660'>this</span> <span m='204810'>is</span> <span m='204930'>a</span> <span m='204980'>very</span> <span m='205200'>dynamic</span> <span m='205720'>world,</span> <span m='205990'>and</span> <span m='206200'>things</span> <span m='206590'>that</span> <span m='207370'>exist</span> <span m='207700'>today</span> <span m='208030'>didn't</span> <span m='208190'>exist</span> <span m='208410'>when I</span> <span m='208510'>was</span> <span m='208660'>a</span> <span m='209060'>kid.</span> <span m='209460'>So</span> <span m='209800'>I</span> <span m='210200'>never</span> <span m='210500'>could</span> <span m='210640'>have told</span> <span m='211050'>you,</span> <span m='212280'>back</span> <span m='212520'>in</span> <span m='212680'>the</span> <span m='212960'>'50s</span> <span m='213420'>and</span> <span m='213520'>'60s</span> <span m='213970'>when</span> <span m='214180'>I</span> <span m='214220'>was</span> <span m='214390'>young,</span> <span m='214690'>what I was</span> <span m='215096'>going to be</span> <span m='215502'>doing</span> <span m='215910'>today</span> <span m='216410'>because the</span> <span m='216670'>things I'm</span> <span m='216890'>doing today</span> <span m='217190'>didn't</span> <span m='217490'>exist</span> <span m='217790'>back</span> <span m='218090'>then.</span> <span m='218690'>But</span> <span m='218990'>by</span> <span m='219290'>having</span> <span m='219590'>had a</span> <span m='219890'>broad</span> <span m='220190'>education,</span> <span m='220490'>I was</span> <span m='220790'>in a</span> <span m='221090'>position</span> <span m='221390'>to</span> <span m='221690'>take</span> <span m='221990'>advantage</span> <span m='222290'>of</span> <span m='222590'>all</span> <span m='223190'>the</span> <span m='223490'>new</span> <span m='223790'>opportunities</span> <span m='224390'>that have</span> <span m='224690'>arisen.</span> 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