MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! DECEMBER 2ND-5TH, 2018, RENO, NEVADA FOR THE 7NCGL
The National Grazing Lands Coalition’s Board of Directors are hosting a 7th National Conference on Grazing Lands!! The 7NCGL will be held at the Peppermill in Reno, Nevada, December 2nd-5th, 2018. Be sure to subscribe to our eNewsletter and the Grazing Conference Updates to stay abreast of our planning progress, speakers and other events surrounding this MUST ATTEND conference!
Thank you to all who attended the 6th National Conference on Grazing Lands!
The National Grazing Lands Coalition hosted their 6th National Conference on Grazing Lands in Grapevine, Texas, December 13th – 16th, 2015. Over 620 people registered and attended this conference to learn more about good grazing management, soil health and being sustainable. The National Steering Committee plans to meeting in February 2016 to discuss the possibility of a 7th National Conference on Grazing Lands. Please subscribe to our bi-monthly newsletter to stay abreast of the latest NatGLC and Conference news!
More than 600 grazing enthusiasts from across the country and representing diverse farm and ranch operations gathered Dec. 13-16 in Grapevine, Texas, for the 6th National Conference on Grazing Lands (6NCGL). The event featured a variety of speakers and poster sessions – many of them producers themselves, as well as a trade show with vendors representing everything from forage seed and fencing to farm/ranch organizations. Several state grazing land coalitions also had booths to share with others their activities and efforts.
Opening the conference was a keynote address delivered by Texas Congressman K. Michael Conaway who is currently chairman of the House Ag Committee. Conaway shared comments related to the 2014 Farm Bill and the federal budget and provided an overview on current topics being addressed by the House Ag Committee, including a review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, country-of-origin-labeling, and the biotech labeling issue. Conaway noted that the next Farm Bill won’t be put in place until 2018, but in preparation for that he said, “All of us have to help urban America understand the symbiotic relationship between a vibrant production agriculture and their pocketbook. We’ve got to help American consumers understand they pay less for their food than anywhere in the world. They benefit from production agriculture’s hard work, they just don’t know it.”
Conaway added, “We can’t have a strong vibrant America without the storehouse of values maintained in rural America – and strong production agriculture is key to a vibrant rural America.”
The opening session of the 6NCGL event also included a “passing of the chairmanship gavel” when Chad Ellis, a rancher from Ardmore, OK, assumed the role of National Grazing Lands Coalition chairman from Bob Drake, who has moved to an emeritus role after serving 17 years as chair of the GLC Steering Committee. Drake, a rancher from Davis, OK, was given a standing ovation for his longtime service to the National Grazing Lands Coalition.
In his comments, Ellis noted the important improvements the national and state grazing lands coalitions have helped make on the land through educational programs and technical assistance. He added, “Grazing management is the most integral part of successful operations.”
View our Conference Program to see what you missed! Click here to view the 6NCGL Conference Program.