Shading Cows, Shining Futures:
How Cow Shades Revolutionizes Dairy Farming
On a sweltering 100-degree day while driving through Sonoma and Napa, Francie Finn noticed cows huddled under the sparse shade of a lone tree or billboard, seeking respite from the sun. This sparked the idea for Cow Shades: innovative solar shade structures designed to protect dairy cows from the harsh sun. What began as a mission to provide shelter evolved into a deep partnership with dairy farmers. Recognizing the challenges of rising utility rates and stringent regulations, Francie expanded Cow Shades to offer comprehensive services like AgMatch, Farming as a Service, and Carbon Consulting. These initiatives are tailored to ease the burden on farmers, helping them navigate and comply with California's environmental laws effortlessly. Cow Shades stands at the intersection of animal welfare and agricultural sustainability, committed to supporting farmers in their journey towards efficiency and regulatory compliance.
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MEET OUR AG EXPERTS:
Our team of agricultural specialists brings together a diverse range of skills and knowledge, all dedicated to enhancing the sustainability and profitability of your farming operations.
Founder and CEO
Francie Finn, the forward-thinking founder and CEO of Cow Shades, is dedicated to animal welfare and sustainable agriculture.
Francie's background in the energy sector, including significant roles at Sunrun and Ygrene Finance, informs her approach to incorporating renewable energy into farming, aiming to improve agricultural sustainability and lower its environmental impact
John Wind, PhD
John Wind brings a wealth of knowledge with his 25 years of industrial experience as a PhD chemical engineer specializing in gas separations and decarbonization technologies. His expertise is invaluable in optimizing processes for creating environmentally friendly feedstocks and implementing advanced technologies that reduce the carbon footprint of agricultural operations.
Brent Branco is an innovator in developing net zero systems and enhancing soil fertility through the use of biochar and effective agricultural waste management.
Brent's involvement in converting cow manure into biogas not only showcases his commitment to renewable energy but also his skill in creating high-quality, customized feedstocks that support sustainable farming practices and contribute to a circular economy.
Soil and Biochar Specialist
Austin has produced technical documentation for biomass energy systems, and has marketed to academic and scientific clients. Much of Austin's time is spent doing lab research at All Power Labs (APL).
Bear Kaufmann is committed to the advancement of sustainable energy, focusing on the development of biomass and biochar technologies. He plays a pivotal role in product development, engineering, and testing within the field.
Bear notably spearheaded the development program for the PP30, ALL Power Labs' newest biomass generator, which was brought to fruition with the aid of a grant from the California Energy Commission.
Soil and Biochar Specialist
Randy Smith, Ph.D
Dr. Smith is a highly experienced agronomist and horticulturist with a strong background in agricultural extension programs. As the Lead Field Scientist at BioSoil Enhancers (BSEI), he is dedicated to assisting growers in improving their crops while also protecting the environment.
Dr. Smith is a Certified Crop Advisor and a Certified Crop Consultant and Commercial Applicator, Category 10 with a commitment to sustainable practices .
Joakim serves as the CEO of Creturner AB, offering solutions that enable businesses and organizations to enhance environmental sustainability through effective management of emissions and atmospheric carbon dioxide.
Creturner AB is focused on the permanent sequestration of carbon from ecosystems, converting biomass into biochar—a vital process in controlling biomass and mitigating its environmental effects.
Tommy Andorff is the co-founder of Trust Anchor Group and a seasoned entrepreneur with a knack for innovation and business development.
Tommy's expertise is in connecting Internet of Things (IoT) technology with modern payment systems is instrumental in creating value-added services for customers. Tommy's role is crucial in leveraging blockchain supply chains, ensuring quality and sustainability.
Mateo Florez is a specialist in the realm of blockchain, dedicated to crafting open, interoperable, and secure networks for the tokenization of assets.
At Trust Anchor Group, Mateo's focus on tokens, smart contracts, and smart payments is transforming how physical and digital assets are managed within the agricultural sector. His work underpins the secure and seamless exchange of customized feedstocks, enabling transparent and reliable transactions in the blockchain ecosystem.