BROOKINGS, S.D. - The South Dakota Grassland Coalition and SDSU Extension are co-hosting the 10th Annual Grassfed Exchange National Conference in Rapid City June 20-22, 2018 at the Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center in Rapid City.
The Grassfed Exchange is a non-profit group dedicated to advancing the opportunities for grassfed livestock and regenerative agriculture.
"The South Dakota Grassland Coalition sees this conference as another opportunity to bring quality education to South Dakota's livestock producers, agency personnel, political leaders, lenders and the general public," said Jim Faulstich, chairman of the South Dakota Grassland Coalition.
To register for this three-day conference or to learn more about scholarships, sponsorships and vendor opportunities and more visit the Grassfed Exchange online. Space is limited for tours, so register soon.
Wednesday June 20, 2018
Ranch Tours: Ranch tours will feature grassfed beef, bison and sheep enterprises.
At the end of the day, tour buses will meet at the Central States Fairgrounds for supper, grassfed livestock viewing, and grassfed beef and sheep carcass quality ultrasound assessment demonstrations.
Thursday & Friday June 21-22
Two days packed with speakers, panel discussions, breakout sessions/workshops, and a vendor/sponsor trade show. The day ends with a banquet and awards ceremony
Keynote: SDSU President Barry Dunn
- Nina Teicholz, Author, The Big Fat Surprise
- Dr. Jonathon Lundgren, award winning agroEcologist
- Dr. Christine Jones, famed soil carbon scientist
- Dan O'Brien, Author, Great Plains Bison and founder of Wild Idea Buffalo
- Dr. Fred Kirschenmann, Distinguished Fellow, Iowa State University
- Producer panel on grassfed beef, bison, sheep, stacked enterprises and much more.
June 22 session and workshop topics: bison, multispecies marketing, grassfed genetics, diversity on the ranch, grazing management, ecosystems, young farmer/rancher forum and finance and profitability.
Scholarships: The Grassfed Exchange also focuses on providing opportunities to young or beginning grassfed producers and will again sponsor scholarships to the conference.
More about the Grassfed Exchange
Founded by a diverse group of producers, extension personnel, marketing experts, academics and investors, the Grassfed Exchange's mission is simple and centered on regenerative grassland agriculture, healthy families, healthy soils, clean water, and thriving communities among other things.
"The Grassfed Exchange is the national leader in promoting the opportunities associated with the grassfed industry," said Pete Bauman, SDSU Extension Range Field Specialist.
The Grassfed Exchange draws heavily on volunteer experts from across the nation for its Conference Committee and Advisory Council.
"Here in South Dakota, we have a great diversity of grassland enterprises," Faulstich said. "We know beef production is our primary grass-based industry, but the Coalition is interested in supporting all types of grass-based businesses. So, whether its grassfed or conventional livestock; beef, sheep, bison, or pheasants... what we are concerned with is viable, healthy, and productive grasslands that will carry on to future generations."