Formerly the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative or GLCI, the National Grazing Lands Coalition was founded to provide high-quality technical assistance on privately owned grazing lands on a voluntary basis and to increase the awareness of the importance of grazing land resources.

Established in 1991, the NatGLC is carried out through coalitions of individuals and organizations functioning at the local, state, regional and national levels. The coalitions include livestock producer organizations, scientific and professional grazing resource organizations, conservation and environmental groups, and state and federal natural resource and agriculture agencies.

 

During the groups 7th Conference, more than 500 ranchers, professors, land managers, researchers, public officials, conservationists, and students are attending this national conference and participating in an exchange of ideas and information on the latest grazing land issues.

“Grazing lands exist in every state in this country and their value to agriculture, wildlife and the environment
cannot be understated,” said Chad Ellis, chair of the National Grazing Lands Coalition. “That’s why this
conference is so important. It brings the brightest minds in grazing land management together for a conversation
about the best ways to conserve a vital resource that covers nearly half of this country.”

Featured speakers include two renowned grazing experts, Jim Gerrish and Fred Provenza. Gerrish is a grazing
lands producer and consultant dedicated to helping farmers and ranchers more effectively manage their grazing
lands for economic and environmental sustainability. Provenza is a professor emeritus at Utah State University
who produced ground-breaking research over a more than 30-year career that laid the foundations for what is
now known as behavior-based landscape management.

Attendees will also hear from agricultural producers who will share their on-the-ground innovations and best
practices for managing grazing lands in an environmentally sustainable and economical manner.
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Shilo Harris will round out the conference on a high note with his inspirational story.
Harris will speak on overcoming adversity in life. He will also be available to sign copies of his book, “Steel
Will.”

The conference also includes a trade show with vendors from varied segments of the agricultural industry,
including booths and representatives from allied industries to government conservation agencies. 

NatGLC Northern Ag Network 

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