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Abbey Smith, Jefferson Center for Holistic Management, grazing for change, holistic management

Grazing for Change conference speaker and host: Abbey Smith, owner and operator of the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management

Abbey Smith serves the Savory Network as their network coordinator. She is also owner and operator of the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management with her husband, Spencer. The Jefferson Center is an organic cattle ranch and Savory Network Hub in Fort Bidwell, California. She spent two months in South Africa living with families on holistically

Spencer Smith, holistic management, the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management

Grazing for Change conference speaker and host: Spencer Smith, owner the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management

Spencer Smith is owner and operator of the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management with his wife, Abbey. He is a certified Holistic Management educator with the Savory Institute. He travels throughout Northern California and Nevada (and as needed to other regions) conducting Holistic Management workshops, courses, events and consultations. With a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness

Richard King, holistic management educator, rangeland management

Grazing for Change conference speaker: Richard King, Holistic Management instructor, rangeland manager

Richard’s professional career with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service includes 36 years of experience as a rangeland specialist, ecologist, and biologist.  His work included training co-workers and assisting landowners with restoration or enhancement of rangelands, wetlands, cropland, chaparral, forests, woodlands, and stream corridors in northern Arizona, northwestern Nevada, and throughout northern California before retiring

Chris Kerston, Savory Institute, holistic management, grazing for change

Grazing for Change Master of Ceremony: Chris Kerston, Savory Institute director of marketing and communication

Chris Kerston has been grazing cattle for over a decade. With a longstanding passion for alternative agricultural models, Chris has dedicated much of his life to helping connect ranchers with consumers in ways that create real value for both parties. With formal training and instinctive talent, Chris utilizes social media in concert with traditional marketing

William Burnidge, Nature Conservancy, holistic management, grazing for change

Grazing for Change Conference Speaker: William Burnidge, Ecologist, Eastern Colorado Program Director for the Colorado Nature Conservancy

William Burnidge is the Grasslands Program Director for the The Nature Conservancy.  William leads the work of the Conservancy’s Colorado Chapter to develop and disseminate comprehensive land management planning tools designed to assist livestock managers to improve outcomes across the triple bottom line of “people, profit, and planet.” In addition, he works with farmers in

James Komar, soil scientist, grazing for change, holistic management

Grazing for Change Conference Speaker: James Komar, Area Resource Soil Scientist, NRCS, Redding, Calif.

James Komar holds a bachelor’s degree in Forest Resources Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in Forest Soils, with an emphasis on water quality, from the University of Missouri-Columbia and Texas A&M University.   Jim brings a diverse set of experiences in the natural resources field from across the U.S.,