30th GrassWorks Grazing Conference
Celebrating the Resilience of Grazing
January 20-22, 2022
Chula Vista Resort - Wisconsin Dells, WI
We are excited to be planning a live, in person conference again for 2022. We have learned a lot this past year and are looking forward to incorporating some amazing new networking opportunities with this conference in addition to the great content we have brought to you in the past. Stay tuned to our Facebook page and this website to learn what's coming up at the 30th Conference! So much to celebrate!
Speakers for our 30th Conference
Two massive hurricanes devastated Louisiana agriculture in 2005. While helping farmers recover from the twin disasters, Dr. Jason Rowntree then realized his life’s work would be developing systems to increase the resilience of food production worldwide. As an associate professor of Animal Science at Michigan State University, he coordinates Lake City and UPREC AgBioResearch and Extension Centers where he addresses economic, environmental and social complexity in agriculture. He has studied how grazing livestock can improve land and mitigate climate change by capturing carbon and providing other ecosystem services. He is former chair of the Grassfed Exchange, a leading U.S. grass-fed beef educational organization, serves on the board of the American Grassfed Association, is an accredited Holistic Management Educator and is an advisor of Standard Soil, a startup corporation that aims to meet the nation’s growing demand for grass-finished beef while restoring the ecosystems they manage.
Dale Strickler is an agronomist for Green Cover Seed,a Kansas rancher, and author of the book The Drought Resilient Farm. The Drought Resilient Farm is a compilation of techniques for increasing the ability of soil to capture more rainfall, hold more moisture, and increasing the ability of plants to extract more moisture from the soil. A second section discusses methods of providing feed and water to pastured livestock during drought.The book also contains a plan for creation of a more moisture efficient system of agriculture in the semi-arid plains and steppe regions.
“Pork” Rhyne (Rhyne Cureton) is a “pork evangelist” known across the country and even overseas in East Africa for his work as an international agricultural educator and niche meat marketing expert.
For over 5 years, Rhyne has dedicated his life to training and educating experienced and beginner farmers, primarily on small-scale livestock production, business, and marketing.
Rhyne has been featured on Mother Earth News, Applegate, “Farming While Black” by Leah Penniman, The Good Meat Breakdown, Zingerman’s Camp Bacon, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, California Certified Organic Farmers, and much more.
Bluesette Campbell lives/owns the B-C Ranch Inc., a third-generation cattle ranch near Meadow Lake, SK, Canada, with her husband, Mark, and their two boys, Andrew (19) and Birch (16). Over the past 20 years, they have had an intergenerational transfer with Mark’s brother, Scott, from their parents, Don and Bev Campbell from where her inspiration to become a Holistic Management, Certified Educator stems. Bluesette’s interests lie strongly in human resource and team development bolstered by a foundation of lived experience in ranch management, regenerative grazing principles and financial planning. When she is not ranching or teaching, you will probably catch her volunteering, gardening unconventionally, practicing chemistry in the kitchen or running just because she can.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists to all individuals in any public places where people are present. The Chula Vista Resort COVID-19 mitigation measures are available at their website. By attending this event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to COVID-19 exposure.