These Cattle Ranchers Are Raising Better Beef, Spending Less — and Reducing Carbon Emissions

When Gabe Brown first got into regenerative agriculture more than 25 years ago, he wasn’t trying to solve climate change.

“I was just trying to keep the banker at bay and feed my family,” Brown told CNBC.

Brown grew up in Bismarck, N.D., and went to college to be an agriculture professor. Then he married his high school sweetheart, whose family had a farm. The young couple moved home to help on the farm, which used conventional farming practices for the time. After eight years, Brown bought a section of the farm from his in-laws.

From 1995 through 1998, Brown’s farm in North Dakota faced recurrent natural disasters: Three years of hail and a year of drought. Brown needed to figure out how to make his land profitable. Also, he didn’t have money to spend on fertilizer and chemicals.