2020 Regenerate Speakers

Resilience in times of uncertainty

George Whitten

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George was born into ranching in Saguache, Colorado, on the operation his grandfather established in 1893. Knowledgeable in all phases of sheep and cattle production, he specializes in grass-finishing techniques, genetics, soil health, certified organic production, and restorative ranching practices. He has been a Holistic Management practitioner for 35 years, and he served on the Board of Directors of the Rio Grande Water Conservation District for more than 25 years. He and his wife, Julie Sullivan, co-founded Sweet Grass Cooperative, a marketing coop of small family ranches raising grass-finished beef. He and Julie are also founding mentors in the Quivira Coalition’s New Agrarian Program. More and more as he gets older, George believes in finding whole solutions to whole problems.

Workshops:

 

LEASING YOUR FUTURE

MONDAY OCTOBER 26TH AND THURSDAY NOVEMBER 5TH  |   5:00 – 7:00 PM MT   |   $10

A lease, as defined in the dictionary, is a contract by which one party conveys land, property, services, et cetera to a second party for a specified time, usually in return for a periodic payment. There is a great deal of room for innovative thinking in that definition, which is why understanding leasing is so important to a young person who may not own land, livestock, or equipment for starting a business. In this workshop, learn how to take the grazing skills you have and combine them with a leasing opportunity. During the first session, the presenters will share what makes for a win-win grazing relationship and how a lease provides clarity and structure for this. During the second session, participants will have an opportunity to work through sample leases, iron out details, and ask lots of questions. This workshop is geared towards beginning or aspiring ranchers who are in the first 10 years of their career.

 
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Julie Sullivan

Julie Sullivan

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George Whitten

George Whitten

Owner, Co-manager San Juan Ranch, San Juan Land & Livestock LLC Board President, Sweet Grass Cooperative
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Zach Ducheneaux

Zach Ducheneaux

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A-dae Romero-Briones

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Chris Mehus

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Bryan Van Stippen

Bryan Van Stippen

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Loren Poncia

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LaKisha Odom

LaKisha Odom

Scientific Program Director, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
Kathryn Bedell

Kathryn Bedell

Owner, Roan Creek Ranch