2019 Speakers

2019 Speaker Yoann Hispa

2019 Speaker Yoann Hispa

Yoann Hispa is CEO and founder of PetroValues. Prior to that, he was President of Optimix Energy Corp where he worked as COO for Private Investors, Private Equities, and small E&P companies in their oil and gas evaluations, acquisitions, divestitures, and drilling operations
2019 Speaker Jillian Hishaw

2019 Speaker Jillian Hishaw

Jillian Hishaw is an agricultural attorney, Founder & CEO of Hishaw Law LLC., Family Agriculture Resource Management Services (F.A.R.M.S.), and author of “Don’t Bet the Farm on Medicaid.”
2019 Speaker Renae D Ditmer

2019 Speaker Renae D Ditmer

Renae D. Ditmer, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of Tanka Fund, a Native-led South Dakota nonprofit organization devoted to returning prosperity to Native lands, lives and economies through the restoration of a buffalo economy.
2019 Speaker Jessi Adcock

2019 Speaker Jessi Adcock

A native of West Virginia, Jessi Adcock has worked on conservation-focused farms and ranches in 5 U.S. states as well as in Ireland. She graduated from Berea College in 2017 with a B.S. in Agriculture and Natural Resources and was the 2017 NAP apprentice on the Ranney Ranch.
2019 Speaker Henk Mooiweer

2019 Speaker Henk Mooiweer

Dr. Henk Mooiweer is the Executive Vice President of Soil Value Exchange Public Benefit LLC. At Soil Value Exchange Henk works with a team to launch a landowner support system and a soil carbon storage transaction protocol aiming to unlock the enormous potential of nature to store large amounts of atmospheric carbon dioxide in grasslands soils.
2019 Speaker Reba Epler

2019 Speaker Reba Epler

Reba is a fifth generation Wyoming rancher and is a Business Partner for PetroValues in the SE of Wyoming.
2019 Speaker Rodney Dietert

2019 Speaker Rodney Dietert

Rodney Dietert, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at Cornell University. Rodney previously directed Cornell's Graduate Field of Immunology, the Institute for Comparative and Environmental Toxicology, and the Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors.
2019 Speaker Christine Su

2019 Speaker Christine Su

Christine is the CEO and co-founder of PastureMap, a startup helping farmers and ranchers raise regenerative meat that heals people, communities, and the planet.
2019 Speaker Roland Kroos

2019 Speaker Roland Kroos

Roland has operated his own consulting firm Crossroads Ranch Consulting since 1992. Prior to starting his own consulting firm, he worked for Holistic Management International from 1985-1992.
2019 Speaker Angela Boudro

2019 Speaker Angela Boudro

Angela Boudro has worked in agriculture her entire life and has experience on small and large farms with a wide variety of animals, markets, and clients. She earned her B.S. in Animal Science and Agricultural Communications at Purdue University and an M.S. in Animal Science at UC Davis.
2019 Speaker Cory Carman

2019 Speaker Cory Carman

Cory grew up in the isolated mountains of Northeastern Oregon as the fourth generation in a cattle ranching family. After returning in 2003, she started Carman Ranch Provisions, a company focused on finding market outlets for the livestock raised in manners that build soil health.
2019 Speaker Michael Johnson

2019 Speaker Michael Johnson

Dr. Michael Kotutwa Johnson, a member of the Hopi Tribe in Northern Arizona, serves as the Native American Agriculture Fund’s (NAAF) Research Associate. Dr. Johnson recently received his PhD from the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment.
2019 Speaker Dan Waldvogle

2019 Speaker Dan Waldvogle

Dan Waldvogle is the Membership Coordinator at the Rocky Mountain Farmers' Union. Dan has a diverse background in agriculture where he has worked in livestock, hay, meat processing and specialty crop production.
2019 Speaker Peggy Sechrist

2019 Speaker Peggy Sechrist

Peggy Sechrist, a student of holism and practitioner of Holistic management for 25 years is also a Professional Certified Educator in Holistic Management since 1992; and resides in the Hill Country of Texas near Fredericksburg with her husband, Richard.
2019 Speaker David Miller

2019 Speaker David Miller

Rooted by heritage in Iroquois County, Illinois, Mr. Miller returned to his native farming community in 2005 after a 30 year career in banking and real estate financial management. Purchasing a small 10 acre family farmstead, he re-connected with local relatives farming organically.
2019 Speaker Mark Biaggi

2019 Speaker Mark Biaggi

Mark grew up in Manchester, CA on a grass-based dairy. He is currently the Ranch Manager for TomKat Ranch where he leads on-site stewardship and experimentation.
2019 Speaker Krysten Aguilar

2019 Speaker Krysten Aguilar

Krysten Aguilar is the Co- Executive Director at La Semilla Food Center where she oversees all policy advocacy efforts, financial & grant management functions, and directional leadership of the organization.
2019 Speaker Trent Hendricks

2019 Speaker Trent Hendricks

Cabriejo™ Ranch provides restoration and regenerative grazing services (focusing on Solar Farms, Wildlife Habitat Areas, & Cover Crop Harvesting) in many midwestern and southern states, healing and improving the ecological health of the soils with holistic planned grazing of cattle and sheep, in coordination with all relevant parties.
2019 Speaker Paul Neubauer

2019 Speaker Paul Neubauer

Paul Neubauer is a young agrarian committed to working at the intersection of crops, livestock, land health and people. He is 100% certain we are not doing enough to address climate change, the deeply unhealthy food system, massive and unsustainable inequality of the gender, racial, religious and economic kinds and the lack of livestock on U.S. cropland.
2019 Speaker Michael Parker

2019 Speaker Michael Parker

Mike helps beginning farmers understand their financial decisions related to accessing land, through Young Farmers’ Finding Farmland program.
2019 Speaker Martha Skelley

2019 Speaker Martha Skelley

Martha has always been fascinated with the soil beneath her feet. While attending Warren Wilson College (Swannanoa, NC), she fell in love with cows and grass and learned of the benefits of good grazing management on soil health.
2019 Speaker Nathan Burk

2019 Speaker Nathan Burk

Nathan Burk prides himself in supporting the niche meat industry. Over the past decade Nathan has garnered a breadth of experience working in various segments of the cattle and meat industries.
2019 Speaker Dave Renn

2019 Speaker Dave Renn

Dave Renn is the BFR Program Director at the Community Food and Agriculture Coalition, where he leads training and technical assistance for farm businesses, micro-finance programs, and the Farm Link Montana website.
2019 Speaker Suzanna Denison

2019 Speaker Suzanna Denison

Suzanna Denison is a passionate advocate for farmland access and preservation and grew up on a conventional vegetable farm in Maine, which transitioned to organic in the 1990s.
2019 Speaker Natalie Allio

2019 Speaker Natalie Allio

Natalie is an owner/managing member of Badger Creek Ranch, a working cattle and guest ranch. She holds a Master’s degree in Ecopsychology, a certificate in Collaborative Solutions in Natural Resources, and is a certified life and business coach.
2019 Speaker Chris Lunghino

2019 Speaker Chris Lunghino

As Director of Policy & Communications at Silicon Ranch Corporation, Chris is working to transform utility scale solar project development to the Regenerative EnergyTM model through cultivation and analysis of policy and principle insights...
2019 Speaker Olivia Tincani

2019 Speaker Olivia Tincani

Olivia Tincani is a food and agriculture business consultant and educator with 17 years of experience in the field. Her work focuses on farmer and rancher training, business, financial and strategic planning, curriculum development, whole animal supply chains, and communications.
2019 Speaker Nicole Masters

2019 Speaker Nicole Masters

Nicole Masters is an independent agroecologist, systems thinker, author and educator. She has a formal background in ecology, soil science and organizational learning. She has been providing agricultural consulting and extension services since 2003.
2019 Speaker Will Johnson

2019 Speaker Will Johnson

Will is the CEO of the Flying Diamond Ranch, a fifth generation family owned and operated commercial ranch headquartered in Eastern Colorado.
2019 Speaker Robert Fetsch

2019 Speaker Robert Fetsch

Dr. Robert J. “Bob” Fetsch served 32 years on the faculty first with the University of Kentucky Extension and then with Colorado State University Extension. For 40 years he devoted himself to know and understand how to use the latest family life research to assist folks who want to improve their quality of life.
2019 Speaker Michael Graziano

2019 Speaker Michael Graziano

Michael lives in Nashville, TN. His film work has appeared on a variety of media outlets including Netflix, National Geographic, CNBC, ABC, Al Jazeera and more. He also creates original content for mission-driven brands and non-profits.
2019 Speaker Val Farmer

2019 Speaker Val Farmer

Val Farmer has been a strong voice and presence in agriculture since the early 80s. He has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona in 1976. He practiced in North and South Dakota for 31 years prior to moving to the St. Louis area in 2006 where he enjoys semi-retirement.
2019 Speaker Roger Fragua

2019 Speaker Roger Fragua

Roger Fragua (Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico) has dedicated his professional career to the advancement and development of American Indian communities.
2019 Speaker Jennifer Silveri

2019 Speaker Jennifer Silveri

Jen Silveri is the Director of Field Operations for Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS), a statewide non-profit that connects beginning and historically underserved farmers to each other and resource opportunities; ensuring social justice, environmental stewardship, and profitability.
2019 Speaker Ed Berg

2019 Speaker Ed Berg

Ed Berg's first career was as a petroleum geologist, but he was unable to remain retired, and started a second career in regenerative agriculture, growing hemp to help heal the soil on an old farm, and through the soil, the plants and animals that live there, and his neighbors.
2019 Speaker Allison Sosna

2019 Speaker Allison Sosna

Chef Allison began her culinary career in 2005, after graduating from American University. She worked at numerous restaurants in the Washington, D.C. area and continued her culinary education at L'Academie De Cuisine. She then went on to serve as Executive Chef of nationally known non profit DC Central Kitchen...
2019 Speaker Cooper Hibbard

2019 Speaker Cooper Hibbard

Cooper grew up near Helena, MT. He studied Agricultural Business, Rangeland Resources, and Spanish at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo, and after graduating he spent 4 years traveling the world working on ranches.
2019 Speaker Diana Rodgers

2019 Speaker Diana Rodgers

Diana Rodgers, RD, is a “real food” nutritionist living on a working organic farm near Boston, Massachusetts. She’s an author, runs a clinical nutrition practice, and her work been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and Outside Magazine.
2019 Speaker Graeme Hand

2019 Speaker Graeme Hand

Graeme Hand farms beef cattle in Tasmania and NSW and is the CEO of Stipa Native Grasses Association. He also runs his own consultancy business and has delivered workshops across Australia & internationally to cropping and grazing farmers on farm financial health checks, planned grazing and forage & cover cropping.
2019 Speaker Scott Perez

2019 Speaker Scott Perez

Scott grew up in a farming community in the Midwest. Went west in '76 and spent 25 years as a working cowboy and guide. Returned to college in 2000. BA-FortLewis College. MS-Cornell University where he also taught Natural Resource Management and American Indian Studies.
2019 Speaker Glenn Elzinga

2019 Speaker Glenn Elzinga

Glenn Elzinga, with his wife and business partner Caryl started Alderspring Ranch near Salmon, Idaho, in 1992. Now, the ranch has grown to a 7 figure direct marketing enterprise on 1700 acres deeded with a 46,000 acre wild rangeland permit, all certified organic.
2019 Speaker Fred Provenza

2019 Speaker Fred Provenza

For 40 years, Fred’s team did research that laid the foundation for behavior-based management of landscapes. Those efforts led to the formation in 2001 of an international network of scientists and land managers from five continents.
2019 Speaker Chelsea Carey

2019 Speaker Chelsea Carey

As senior soil ecologist, Dr. Chelsea Carey works with TomKat Ranch and Point Blue’s Rangeland Monitoring Network to understand how management influences the ecology of California’s rangeland soils.
2019 Speaker Kelly Sidoryk

2019 Speaker Kelly Sidoryk

Kelly Sidoryk ranches with her family near Lloydminster, Sask./Alta. Over 25 years ago they were introduced to Holistic Resource Management (as it was known at the time).The process had a significant impact on their operation as it transitioned to be a forage based, livestock enterprise.
2019 Speakers Grant & Dawn Breitkreutz

2019 Speakers Grant & Dawn Breitkreutz

Grant & Dawn Breitkreutz run Stoney Creek Farm near Redwood Falls, MN. Over the past 20 years, they have converted a conventional crop and cow/calf operation into a multi-enterprise regenerative family business.
2019 Speaker Carter Randolph

2019 Speaker Carter Randolph

Carter— President, Founding Member, and Trustee of the Greenacres Foundation —started work as a farmhand on the Greenacres Farm at the age of 13. In 1988, as the foundation’s executive vice president, he worked with Louis and Louise Nippert to develop and implement the Greenacres Mission, transforming Greenacres from a simple working farm into a community foundation.
2019 Speaker Rick Danvir

2019 Speaker Rick Danvir

Rick has worked as a wildlife researcher, manager, and consultant on private, public, and tribal lands for more than 40 years, including 30 years with the Deseret Ranches.
2019 Speaker Meriwether Hardie

2019 Speaker Meriwether Hardie

Meriwether’s career has focused on climate-smart agriculture, sustainable community development, wilderness exploration, and the facilitation of innovative landscape approaches to foster carbon sequestration.
2019 Speaker Kevin Watt

2019 Speaker Kevin Watt

Kevin works on strategic projects and communications for TomKat Ranch in Pescadero, California. His focus focus is on discovering and sharing the demonstrable benefits of regenerative management and supporting the tools, technologies, and policies that help empower landowners and managers to grow more resilient and productive enterprises.
2019 Speaker Joel Benson

2019 Speaker Joel Benson

Joel has worked in a variety of fields, primarily community and regional planning, economic renewal, and natural resource management. He has helped develop agricultural policy with the state of Kentucky, the Town of Buena Vista, Holistic Management International, Savory Institute, Horizon Organic Dairy, Marksbury Farm, Nestle, and others...
2019 Speaker Blain Hjertaas

2019 Speaker Blain Hjertaas

Blain has farmed for 45 years, the last 22 regeneratively. Blain has monitored soil carbon sequestration since 2011, working with the Soil Carbon Coalition. He has been a holistic educator for ten years and is currently working with Understanding Ag...