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Don grew up on an irrigated farm in the Arkansas Valley of Southeastern Colorado. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from CSU Fort Collins, but started his career in the Soil Conservation Service where he ended up falling in love with conservation of the environment. Eight years later he found himself in the Seed Industry where he stayed for 14 years, working for four different seed companies. In 1998, Don Hijar and his late wife, Janine, decided to open and operate their own seed company in Greeley, CO; Pawnee Buttes Seed Inc. was the result. When he’s not in the office, Don can be found with his horses, mountain biking, snowboarding, or spreading education through his passion for agriculture.
Seeding Rangelands Workshop
11am – 2pm Friday
The United States has about 770 million acres of rangelands and over half of those lands are privately owned. During this two-part technical workshop, participants will learn how to regenerate rangelands from local experts who will address best practices for seeding rangelands with native species and monitoring soil health. Part One: Seeding Rangelands will provide participants with knowledge and resources on how to successfully seed rangelands with native species by addressing the challenges and factors to consider and providing recommendations and best practices.
Highlights from last year’s event.
We invite you to enjoy videos from our 2017 Conference here. The annual Quivira Conference is internationally renowned for bringing together leaders, innovators, and stewards of the land for three days of provocative plenary presentations, roundtable discussions, and networking with diverse attendees from across the southwest, the country, and globe. The conference creates a unique environment where ideas are sown, exchanged, and grown. Quivira’s outstanding speakers and attendees contribute expertise in ranching, farming, conservation, community, and all things soil, which is the key to it all. Every attendee brings something unique to the table, and each departs with inspiration, new connections, broader perspectives, and the tools necessary to effect change.
2017 Conference Speaker Videos
The Quivira Coalition documents its conference every year. We love to share the content of this event with those who were not able to join us in person. You can also view the 2017 videos, along with past years, on the Quivira You Tube page.
Rio Grande Water Fund Panel - Fire and Rain: Economic, Ecological and Community Resilience Sandra Postel, Laura McCarthy, Katherine Kuhas, Toner Mitchell This panel of experts will discuss the Rio Grande Water Fund, an innovative project created to invest in the long...read more
Allen Williams Restore Soil and Ecosystem Health with Adaptive Grazing Allen Williams will speak on adaptive grazing, which produces positive compounding effects that can significantly benefit soil health, plant species complexity and diversity, insect and pollinator...read more
Rick Danvir Comparing Effects of Time-Controlled Grazing, Traditional Management, and Rest on Vegetative Covers For centuries, apprenticeship has been the means of passing on the skills of many trades, from engravers and silversmiths in the middle ages, to...read more