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Meet Our 2018 Board Members

Chad Ellis, Chair

Chad Ellis, Chair

Noble Research Institute

Meet Chad Ellis

Pat Pfeil, Vice Chair

Pat Pfeil, Vice Chair

Society for Range Management

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Bob Hendershot, Secretary

Bob Hendershot, Secretary

American Sheep Industry

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James K. "Rooter" Brite, Jr., Treasurer

James K. "Rooter" Brite, Jr., Treasurer

National Association of Conservation Districts

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Duane Hertzler, Executive Committee

Duane Hertzler, Executive Committee

Dairy Industry

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Bob Lee, Executive Committee

Bob Lee, Executive Committee

National Cattlemen's Beef Association

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Tim Munns, Executive Committee

Tim Munns, Executive Committee

Soil & Water Conservation Society

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Keith Bartholomay

Keith Bartholomay

Society for Range Management

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Rod Baumberger

Rod Baumberger

Soil & Water Conservation Society

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Bob Drake, Chairman Emeritus

Bob Drake, Chairman Emeritus

National Cattlemen's Beef Association

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Larry Hensley

Larry Hensley

National Farmer's Union

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Mark Kennedy

Mark Kennedy

American Forage & Grassland Council

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Ben Lehfeldt

Ben Lehfeldt

American Sheep Industry

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Richard McElhaney

Richard McElhaney

American Family Bureau Federation

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Ronnie Holman

Ronnie Holman

American Forage & Grassland Council

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Ted Miller

Ted Miller

Dairy Industry

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Don Jackson

Don Jackson

National Association of Conservation Districts

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Michael Vance

Michael Vance

Noble Research Institute

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Vacant

Vacant

National Farmers' Union

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American Farm Bureau Federation

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Vacant

Buzz Eaves

Buzz Eaves

Regional At-Large Position

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Lynn Myers

Lynn Myers

Regional At-Large Position

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Dr. Kraig Stemme

Dr. Kraig Stemme

Regional At-Large Position

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Chad Ellis, Chair
Noble Research Institute

Chad Ellis represents our newest member organization, The Samuel Robert’s Noble Foundation which was voted in by the National Steering Committee on September 7th, 2013, at our Fall GLCI Steering Committee meeting in Wichita, Kansas. Chad has a great deal of experience with the now National Grazing Lands Coalition since he served as a Regional Specialist with NRCS for the NatGLC. Chad was elected Chairman in September 2014 at our NatGLC fall meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Pat Pfeil, Vice Chair
Society for Range Management

Since 2004 Pat has represented the International Society for Range Management on the National Grazing Lands Board of Directors. Brady and Pat Pfeil are Natural Resource Managers for a 9th generation Florida Agricultural family. They have worked as partners in managing the Carlton family holdings in Florida since 1978 and Georgia since 2006. As such they have developed ranches (24,000 acres) and managed the Bar A Brangus registered herd, commercial cattle herds, citrus groves, bahia sod production, timber stands, vegetable, hay and seed production plus maintained a viable wildlife population providing for the Carlton family hunting tradition. Pat mainly oversaw the cattle production and grazing management along with all record keeping. The Pfeil’s feel blessed to work for a Christian family that believed in being good Stewards of the land God entrusted to them. This willingness to sustain the environment along with the financial future for the next generation lead to them receiving the Florida Department of Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Award and being a NCBA Region II -ESAP winner.

Today they manage less land and cattle in Florida for the Carlton family plus a pine and wildlife Plantation in Georgia. They spend time with their 3 sons and 4 grandsons. First son is John and his 3 boys in Arcadia Florida. John works for Bethel Farms and the new TriYield Company that is having great impacts in the Florida citrus industry. Then with Brad and family in Sabinal, Texas, who received a Rangeland Ecology Degree from Texas A & M and now is the manager of Two Rivers Ranch. Orin, their third son assist his father in Georgia during hunting season and works at Down Home Ranch in Elgin Texas part of the year. Pat considers herself very blessed to have been allowed to help her husband manage some of God’s creation and to have passed that love of the land on to the next generation.

Pat has served in the following capacities:

  • Florida Grazing Lands Coalition: Board Representative and Chair
  • Florida Section of SRM: Founding member, President and Counsel Member
  • Society Range Management: PPLC and GLCI committee
  • Florida Cattlemen’s Association: Research Committee, Animal Health Committee, Co-Chair of Environmental Committee and S.P.A. Subcommittee Chair
  • DeSoto County Cattlewomen’s Association: President
  • Florida Brangus Breeders Association: Founding member, Secretary, Vice President and President
  • Sunday School teacher in the Baptist Church for 30 years
  • 4H Community Club Leader for 12 years and Beef Club Leader for 5 years

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Bob Hendershot, Secretary
American Sheep Industry

Bob represents the American Sheep Industry on the Steering Committee and has served the National GLC since January 2012. Born and raised in Morrow County, Ohio, Bob is a graduate of The Ohio State University. Bob is retired from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as the state grassland conservationist and state (GLCI) Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative coordinator. He provided leadership and technical guidance to conservation programs that use grasses and other forages. He was named the nation’s Outstanding Pastureland Conservationist by NRCS in 1999. He was inducted into the Ohio State Conservationist Hall of Fame in 1998 and was presented the NRCS Regional Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative support award in 1996.

Bob Hendershot lives in Pickaway County, Ohio near Circleville. He has three grown children and three grandchildren. They have a pasture based sheep operation and occasionally graze some stocker cattle. He was presented the 2010 Ohio Master Shepherd Award by the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association. Bob is a past president of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association. He has served two terms as an American Forage Grassland Council Director and is a past president. Bob was one of the founders of the Ohio Forage and Grassland Council served as their second president and still is a director and treasurer. Mr. Hendershot helped develop the Pasture for Profit Grazing Schools, the Ohio Forage for Horses and the Equine Environmental and Liability Awareness Programs and continues as an instructor and Pasture Walk Leader. He was presented the Ben Stinner Memorial Award in recognition of his excellent contribution to sustainable agriculture in 2009 by the Innovative Farmers of Ohio.

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James K. “Rooter” Brite, Jr., Treasurer
National Association of Conservation Districts

“Rooter” represents the National Association of Conservation Districts on the Steering Committee and has been a member since 1995. He is a member and past president of the Texas GLCI Coalition, in addition to holding leadership roles in the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (Director), the Natural Resources & Environment Committee (Vice-Chair), the Resource Conservation & Development Board (Board Member and Past President), the Association of Texas Soil & Water Conservation Districts (past Vice-President and Board Member), the Texas State Soil & Water Conservation Board (Area 5, Board Member and Vice-Chair). Rooter also serves on the NACD Farm Bill Task Force, and is a member of the National Watershed Coalition, the Texas Section Society for Range Management, and the Texas Farm Bureau.

Rooter and his wife Lynda have been ranching in Bowie, Texas, for many years, and have one child and one grandchild.

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Duane Hertzler, Executive Committee
Dairy Industry

Duane represents the Dairy Industry on the board and has served on National GLC since November of 2005.  Duane and his wife June live on a 600 acre Dairy Farm in Loysville, Pennsylvania.  They started farming in 1970 in partnership with Duane’s father.  In 1978 Duane and June moved to their own farm.  They have four children and now enjoy eight grandchildren.  In 1994 they changed to a grass based dairy and in 1998 their son Neil returned to farm with them.. They formed a partnership in 2002 with their son Neil and his wife Kilah.  In 2009 Neil and Kilah moved to the main dairy and started with management and transition to the next generation.

Duane and June moved to an adjoining farm where heifers are raised.  Moo-Echo Farms is located in Central Pennsylvania in Perry County.  They have 300 milking cows and have approximately 300 young replacement heifers.  There dairy farm is organic and is managed by rotational grazing on 400 acres and 300 additional acres of forage grown to feed a TMR thru out the year.

Duane and June were named Mid Atlantic Master Farmers in the year 2000.   Duane currently serves on the Pennsylvania Animal Health and Diagnostic Commission (Chair of Dairy Commission). Also serves on the Pa. GLC board!  Past board member of Pa. Beef Council, Pa. Forage and Grass Board, York Farm Credit and Ag Choice Farm Credit, and also Perry County Farmland Preservation Board.  Also serves as mentor and on profit team for Dairy for Excellence.

Moo-Echo Farms believes that “If we take care of our animals, they will take care of us”!!  Managed Intensive Grazing is the backbone for taking care of their herd!  We have been very active in promoting this philosophy of grazing cattle on grasslands and our passion for farming to have a sustainable future for our family!

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Bob Lee, Executive Committee
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

Nestled at the base of the Snowy Mountains near Judith Gap, MT, you will find the Robert E. Lee Ranch Co. headquarters.  Bob and Kathy Lee were married in 1967, moved to their mountain ranch in 1969.  The Lee Ranch operation is diversified; raising cattle, hay and wheat, plus good Kids and Grandkids. Bob, Kathy, and their three children have promoted agriculture through education and participation, plus social and economic sustainability.

The Lees feel wildlife is a vital part of their ranch’s legacy.  Lands and water are managed for the grassland value, both for livestock and wildlife.

Bob has served Montana as Chairman of: The Department of Livestock, Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, and the Governors Rangeland Resource Executive Committee. Serving agriculture through leadership roles has been a way of life for Bob.  Montana State University presented Bob with the first and only Honorary Doctorate Degree in Animal and Ranch Science in 2015.

He has been active in the National promotion of Agriculture, through his participation in organizations as a board member, speaker, panel member, but most importantly he has been active in promoting good Family Agricultural Practices.  He is the past National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Property Rights & Environmental Enhancement Committee Chairman, conference speaker and program panel member.  His committee over saw subcommittees of Endangered Species, Property Rights, Natural Resources and Environmental Enhancement.  He is a current member of the Montana Grazing Land Conservation Imitative, National Grazing Lands Coalition Committees, and Montana’s Natural Resource Conservation Service Technical Committee. Bob and Kathy were presented the National Environmental Stewardship Award by the National Cattleman’s Beef Association in 1997 for their grazing lands practices.

Bob is a true agriculturist, tending the soil, the rangelands, and the environment with the utmost respect.

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Tim Munns, Executive Committee
Soil & Water Conservation Society

Tim, his wife Laurie and sons own and operate Munns Flying M Ranch in Hansel  Valley Utah near the town of Snowville which is about 120 miles northwest of Salt Lake City.  They bought their first piece of land in 1977 with borrowed money and have added to it as the opportunity came along.   The ranch now consists of 14,000 deeded acres of which 5500 is tillable and 120 acres are irrigated. They are also shareholders in a grazing association in South East Idaho.   Today they raise grass on pastured cropland, dryland wheat, safflower, alfalfa hay, kochia seed and barley.  Together with their sons they run 700 + mother cows.

The cattle are wintered in Utah (Box Elder County) and are summered in Caribou County Idaho on the grazing association. The majority is privately owned, with some public lands.

Tim has been active in many organizations the last 40 years.  He has served as President of the Utah Cattlemen’s Association, Chairman of the Utah Beef Council, Board of Director for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Executive Committee for NCBA, Ag Policy Committee Chair NCBA.  Tim is also on the Board of Directors for the National Grazing Lands (NGL) also serves on the Governor’s Rural Partnership Board.  Tim served for 10 years on a county ASCS Committee and for 8 years as Chairman on the State FSA Committee. He has also served in various opportunities in his church and community.

Tim and Laurie have four children: Sara is a hair stylist and stay at home mom. Sonny is the ranch manager for Munns Flying M Ranch and King Creek Grazing Association and is building a herd of cattle of his own.  Bud is a Jet Fighter Pilot (A-10) Air National Guard; he works part time on the Flying M and recently purchased his first farm.   Bill is actively involved in beef sales and promotion and is a Program Manager for JBS in Greeley CO.

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Keith Bartholomay
Society for Range Management

Keith represents the Society for Range Management on the Steering Committee and has been an active member of the NatGLC Since 2002. He lives in Sheldon, North Dakota.

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Rod Baumberger
Soil & Water Conservation Society

Rod represents the Soil and Water Conservation Society and has served on the Steering Committee since 2005. He was raised with a ranching and farming background in South Dakota and graduated from South Dakota State University with a BS Degree in Range Management.  He is married and has three grown children and eight grandchildren. One daughter lives in Lakewood, Colorado and two sons are Range Management graduates and work for the Bureau of Reclamation and Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Rod started working for the Soil Conservation Service in 1966 as a Range Management Specialist.  Other positions held with the Natural Resources Conservation Service were District Conservationist, Area Range Conservationist, Assistant State Conservationist, Northern Plains GLCI coordinator and National GLCI coordinator.  He retired from NRCS in January 2004.  He is a Life Member of the Society for Range Management and a member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. He is a Certified Range Management Consultant and a Certified Professional Range Management Consultant.  He currently manages a family ranching corporation and is directly involved with the livestock industry.  He does private range management consulting in South Dakota and Wyoming.  He was awarded the USDA Honor GLCI Award, South Dakota Section Society for Range Management Top Hand Award and Outstanding Service Award, Honorary State FFA Degree and recently presented the Friend of the Prairie Award from the South Dakota Grassland Coalition.  Rod and his wife Sharon live in Sturgis, South Dakota.

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Bob Drake
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

Bob represents the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association on the Steering Committee, and is in fact a past president of NCBA. He has co-owned and operated Drake Farms, a purebred and commercial Angus operation with his brother, Tom, near Davis, Oklahoma, since 1964. The ranch was originally founded by their father in 1943.

Bob is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, class of 1961 with a degree in Management and Finance. He sits on many business and agriculture boards and committees and has won numerous honors including American Angus Hall of Fame, 1995; Progressive Farmer: Man of the Year in Southwest Agriculture; Cattleman of the Year, 1996; NCBA Cattlemen of the Year Region IV, 1996; and the Master Breeder Award in 1988 from Oklahoma State University.

He has been the NatGLC Chair since 1997 and recently joined in Emeritus ranks in September 2014.  He has seen the National Coalition through 5 National Conferences on Grazing Lands, and is the Program Chair for the 6th Nation Conference on Grazing Lands taking place in December 2015 in Grapevine, Texas.

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Larry Hensley
National Farmers’ Union

Larry Hensley is a cow-calf operator from southeastern Oklahoma. Larry’s operation is mixed grasses and legumes; he strip grazes and manages for year-round grazing.

Larry is a past recipient of the Governor’s Conservation award.  Larry and wife, Janice, have been co-operative members of the Noble Foundation for the past several years. Larry and Janice have both served as officers and Chairman of the Oklahoma Grazing Lands Coalition.

Larry represents the United Farmer’s Union on the Steering Committee and has served the National GLCI since February of 2011.

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Mark Kennedy
American Forage & Grassland Council

Mark was raised on a diversified family beef, dairy, and catfish farm in central Arkansas and received a BS degree in animal science and forages from Arkansas State University in 1977.  He was employed by USDA – SCS/NRCS from September, 1978 until January 3, 2014 when he retired.  He served at various locations in Arkansas and Missouri.  From 1995 until he retired, he was the State Grazingland Specialist for USDA-NRCS in Missouri, headquartered in Houston, Missouri.  He is a Certified Forage & Grassland Professional through the American Forage and Grassland Council.  In 2004 he received the Missouri Forage and Grassland Council’s Grasslander of the year award.  In 2006 he was awarded the NRCS National Pastureland Conservationist of the Year award.  He received the Merit Award from AFGC in 2011.   He is a board member of the American Forage and Grassland Council and currently serves as its President-elect and a past board member of the Society for Range Management Southern Section.  He is currently on the steering committee of the National Grazing Lands Coalition.

Throughout his career, Mark and his wife Anita, have owned and operated farms raising meat goats, beef cattle and sheep.  Currently they live on a small acreage near Reeds Spring, MO.

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Ben Lehfeldt
American Sheep Industry

My name is Ben Lehfeldt, a fifth generation sheep rancher from Lavina, Montana.  I represent the American Sheep Industry on the NatGLC board.  I attended Montana State University and received bachelor degrees in Biochemistry and Agronomy.  I worked in St. Louis, MO for Monsanto Company as a corn geneticist and helped to conduct corn yield tests throughout the Midwest.  I returned to the Montana ranch after seven years and joined by father in our current partnership.  Our family runs a range operation with registered/NSIP Rambouillet ewes and commercial cattle.  Our operation includes shed lambing and relies on sheepherders to manage our ewes and lambs.   Our sheep are used for control of noxious weeds during the spring and summer months on public and private lands.  We feed our weaned lambs ourselves using crops (alfalfa, grain, and corn silage) we produce during the summer months and retain ownership of the lambs which are finished in commercial feedlots.

I have been a part of several national organizations related to the sheep industry over the past ten years since returning to the ranch –

Board of Directors NatGLC, ASI Wool Council, National Lamb Council, Mountain States Lamb Co-op, National Lamb Feeders member, American Lamb Board, Let’s Grow Initiative, ASI Emerging Entrepreneurs

Locally, I have been involved in several groups that are important me in helping to maintain our small town way of life. These include the Montana GLCI, Lavina High School Board Member, County land board, County tax appeal board, County weed board, County Farm Bureau, and County Farm Service Agency Committee.

Communication amongst our industries, both locally and nationally, is an important part of the distribution of knowledge not only to individuals entering the industry but also the sharing of successes and failures of current ranch operations.  I look forward to continuing to be a part of NatGLC and helping to promote the benefits of our industry as an important part of the future.

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Richard McElhaney
American Farm Bureau Federation

Dick has served the GLCI Steering Committee since January of 2009. He represents the American Farm Bureau Federation. Dick was born and raised on his family’s farm with the Shorthorn herd that continues to this day. The family farm was owned since 1880 and is now the entrance to the Pittsburgh International Airport. His love for the aircraft industry was instrumental in his joining the armed forces in 1956 and served for 3 years. After serving his country he furthered his education by acquiring his Maintenance Technician License and began his employment with Trans World Airline where he worked for 31 years. Along with his wife and family they relocated to the present day farm operation in Hookstown, PA, after being displaced by the expansion of Pittsburgh International Airport in 1971. He continued his love for conserving the land, raising cattle and raising his family. Shorthorns have been a part of the family for 5 generations. Dick and Kay bought the 100 acres in Hookstown in 1971. The family leases an additional 250 acres around the township. They run approximately 150 head of registered Shorthorns. Situated among the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, McElhaney Stock Farm is located in Hookstown, PA on the outer edges of suburban Pittsburgh. McElhaney Stock Farm was the recipient of the NCBA Region 1 Stewardship Award in 2004. The McElhaney’s also operate a retail meat business at the farm; at three local Farmer’s Markets and provide beef for two Community Supported Ag (CSA) programs.

The McElhaney’s are involved in many organizations to support conservation, grazing and the future of agriculture:

  • National GLCI Steering Committee Board Member
  • Beaver-Lawrence County Farm Bureau–Director
  • PA Farm Bureau State Legislative Committee Member
  • PA Farm Bureau State Natural Environmental Resource Committee-Member
  • National Farm Bureau Legislative Committee-Member
  • Washington County Cattlemen’s Association–Director
  • Columbiana/Mahoning/Trumbull Counties Cattlemen Association–member
  • Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association–Member
  • Ohio Cattlemen’s Association–Member
  • Virginia Cattlemen’s Association–Member
  • WV Cattlemen-Member
  • Pennsylvania Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative–Director
  • Southwestern Project Grass–Past Director
  • Pennsylvania Project Grass-Past Steering Committee Member
  • Pennsylvania Shorthorn Breeder’s Association–Member (Past President & Past Director)
  • American Shorthorn Association–Member
  • Hookstown Fair Livestock & Beef Superintendent–Retired after 17 years
  • Pennsylvania Livestock Association-member
  • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association-Director
  • Northwest Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association
  • Beaver County 4-H Stockman’s Club-originator
  • Past leader Beaver County Conservation District Cooperator of the Year

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Ronnie Holman
American Forage & Grassland Council

Ronnie Holman is the Owner/Operator of Hardrock Beef Cattle, a family farm located in Western North Carolina.

Growing up on the family farm created a lifelong passion for cattle and under his management, Hardrock Beef Cattle has expanded into a low input cow/calf operation of 100 brood cows. The cow herd is predominantly a commercial Red Angus cow herd that utilizes Red Angus and Red Simmental genetics adapted to a Kentucky 31 fescue environment. Steers are sold as stockers into a grass fed beef program and extra heifers are sold as bred replacement females or utilized in their own freezer beef program.

Hardrock Beef Cattle has been an early adopter of many “new” ideas in the grazing communities and makes it a practice to attend several educational seminars and/or conferences each year, including the AFGC Annual Meeting. Mob grazing, novel endophyte fescues, mixed annuals grazing working with NC State University and Ray Archuleta, brome grasses, foliar liquid calcium applications and other experiments have been evaluated and in some instances incorporated into their program.

Ronnie is active at the state and local levels in the agriculture community having served as President of the Caldwell County Cattlemen’s Association and as a voting director, 2012 President of the North Carolina Forage and Grasslands Council and still serving as a Director, and as on the Caldwell County Cooperative Extension Advisory Board. Having worked with the Local Soil and Water District and NRCS agency, Hardrock Beef Cattle was named the 2014 Regional Farm Family of the Year and 2014 Forage Producer of the year by the Rutherford County Cattlemen’s Association.

Apart from the farm, Ronnie is the President of the RPM Wood Finishes Group, a leading North American supplier of interior wood coatings and touch-up materials for furniture, cabinetry and flooring. He has a Bachelors degree in Chemistry from Lenoir Rhyne University and describes himself as “the boring guy who makes a living watching paint dry”.

Additionally, Ronnie is married to his wife of 30 years, Donna and has two kids and two grandsons (soon to be three). He is a member of Baton Baptist Church and holds several positions in the church and is on the Board of Directors for the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission.

Ronnie states, “one of the best things about a family farm is the ability to tie the generations together through a common passion. I will never forget the days working with my father and his dad. Now my grandkids get to work beside their great grandfather!”

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Ted Miller
Dairy Industry

Info coming …

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Don Jackson
National Association of Conservation Districts

Don Jackson is a native South Carolinian. He attended The Citadel in Charleston, SC. Don retired in 2011 from a career of 30 years in the waterworks industry. Don and his wife Patsy have been married 44 years, have three grown children and three grandsons. Don and Patsy have made their home at the same location for the last forty two years. Don’s civic service has allowed him to serve his church, community, county and state in various elected and appointed positions.

  • Commissioner on the South Carolina Ethics Commission.
  • Vice-President – SC Forage and Glazing Lands Coalition
  • Soil Health Champion – NACD
  • Associate Commissioner – Laurens County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Board Member – Laurens County Cattlemen Association

Don’s and Patsy’s family farm, Pompey’s Rest, is located in the Piedmont of SC and consists of 128 acres. The Jackson’s are committed to improving the soil health and forage quality of their forage using proper grazing management practices to reduce inputs costs. Their goal is to make the family farm as self-sufficient as possible so that their children and grandchildren can continue to enjoy, work and improve the farm in the future without having to support the farm without major outside financial resources.

Don’s operation consists of raising grass fed and grass finished beef and meat goats. Brood cows are Trask influenced Herefords breed to Red Angus to produce F1 cross for grass finished beef. Beef is grass finished and sold to consumers at farm and at local Farmers Markets. Meat goats are Kilo and are sold at livestock auction and off the farm. Farm is Certified GrassFed and Animal Welfare Approved by AGW.

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Michael Vance
Noble Research Institute

Michael grew up on a small cattle and farming operation in Mississippi. He graduated from Mississippi State University with a B.S. in Animal Science and a minor in Ag Economics. During this time, he was helped by an internship with the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in which he worked with a large cattle operation from an economic perspective during the period of extremely high input costs of 2008. This really changed his perspective from traditional ranching to more of a grass based/efficiency minded type of producer/manager.

Following college, Michael moved back to Oklahoma to further his ranching experience while also pursuing an MBA from OK State University. During this time, he managed ranches in Northern Oklahoma that included commercial cow-calf, registered seedstock, and embryo recipient herds. Following grad school, Michael obtained his Oklahoma real estate license and began marketing ranch properties.

Currently, Michael serves as the VP of Agriculture for B29 investments in which he manages a portfolio of Investment ranches across 3 states while also serving as the managing partner for Stark Ranch, LLC. At the Stark, Michael is responsible for building a registered red angus herd that is raised and performs in a forage environment.  Maternal genetics are the focus of this cowherd with the goal being to raise bulls that work for the low-input producer.  The Stark Ranch also breeds and raises high quality commercial red angus females as well as pasture-raised and grass-fed beef.  The ranch encompasses over 4500 acres of owned and leased ground with the predominant goal to use cattle to increase the quality of native grass prairie along with building land value.

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Buzz Eaves
Regional At-Large Position

My name is Buzz Eaves, and I am a cow-calf rancher in SE Florida. Prior to getting full time into the business my working career was doing company turnarounds in the USA and Canada. My wife Becce and I moved here in 2001 and started transforming our 1200 acre ranch into a low-operating-cost, highly functional operation that allowed us to keep up to 500 cows in rotational grazing with little supplementation required. Our design for each pasture included shelter (Hammocks), water sources, and forage that was not only good for the cattle but also for the wildlife. Except for pen work, my wife and I take care of the operation by ourselves. We are firm believers that we are grass farmers and work to enhance the soils on a natural basis for continued productivity.

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Lynn Myers
Regional At-Large Position

Lynn Myers is a lifelong Nebraska Sandhills rancher. He was a charter member of the NGLC and has served on the Board since its inception. Lynn has been instrumental in creating several Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition programs including Cowboy Logic Stewardship Network, an Internship Program, Rangeland Monitoring Program, and a Generational Transition Program.

Lynn Myers has protected his grazing resource in the Nebraska Sandhills by adhering to a three-year deferred rotation for 37 years. Former UNL Range Management Extension Specialst, Pat Reece, has used the Tippetts Myers Ranch as the example of what effective grazing management can do to not only conserve the range, but also result in a sustainable profitable ranching operation.

Lynn Myers has been asked to provide input to the National Drought Mitigating Center in Lincoln, NE. Lynn has been instrumental in creating the concept of “trigger dates” for effective destocking during several drought conditions. He also served on the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Board of Directors and as Secretary-Treasurer for his Rural Fire District. His passion is in family, range management, and the next generation of conservationists.

Lynn Myers brings many years of practical grazing experience and coalition participation to the NatGLC.

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Dr. Kraig Stemme
Regional At-Large Position

I wanted to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Grazing Lands Coalition due to my conviction that the grazing lands throughout the United States and the world must be regenerated in order to provide a sustainable food supply for the people of the world. I look forward to being a part of that movement related to grazing lands, even if the grazing lands are only a few acres and the forage consuming animals are small ruminants such as sheep or goats. I look forward to representing the small ruminant graziers and those owning small acreages.

My unique qualifications are related to my being a veterinarian with a special interest in soil health and forages for grazing animals. I’ve given seminars all over the world, including South Africa and China.

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