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Ranch Sustainability Forum Agenda


Ranch Sustainability

Third Annual

Sheridan College’s Ranch Sustainability Forum

March 8-9, 2016

Purpose: To provide informational resources and tools for ranch stakeholders that will help provide healthy and sustainable ranches in 2020 and beyond.

Meeting Reservations:

  • Call Judi Fahsholtz 307-751-0460
  • Email judi@agwingroup.com
  • Information: wayne@agwingroup.com; 307-751-4507
  • or buy tickets at the link Here
  • Tuesday Panel and discussion ($30) with lunch
  • Tuesday Dinner and Keynote Speaker ($40)
  • Wednesday Ranch Sustainability Symposium ($30) with lunch

Lodging:  Hotel Room Block under Ranch Sustainability Forum

  • Holiday Inn for March 6-10. (307) 672-8931
  • Rate is $89.00 plus tax.
  • Contact: Elizabeth, if you have problems at reservation desk.
  • 40 rooms blocked

Flights into Sheridan: Sheridan Flights  These flights are from Denver.  You will need to make them separate from your flights to Denver.  

Hosted by: Sheridan College & Padlock Ranch

Sponsored by: Padlock Ranch, World Wildlife Fund, Sheridan College Ag Department, Fahsholtz’s AgWin Group, First Interstate Bank, Cato Ranch, Fay Ranches, Diamond Cross Ranch and Sheridan County Conservation District,  Northwest Farm Credit with help from Northern AG Network, Wyoming Livestock Roundup, Sheridan Media and Sheridan Press, Sheridan College Foundation. 

March 8
Event: Putting It into Practice;  A panel discussion on building soils, grazing plans for a purpose,  lengthening the grazing season etc; Dr. Jill Clapperton, Mark Kossler, Scott Sims and others
Cost: $30
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm with lunch provided

Location: Holiday Inn


-Keith Klements, Agriculture Studies at Sheridan College
-Dr. Temple Grandin,  Topic: Different Diverse Minds Will be More Effective in Solving Problems; Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, best-selling author, autism activist and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior

March 9 at Holiday Inn
Event: Ranch Sustainability Forum – One-day Symposium
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: $30, lunch provided
Location: Holiday Inn, Sheridan

  • Wayne Fahsholtz, “Welcome to Sheridan College Ranch Sustainability Forum”
    • College Agriculture Advisory Board member and owner of AgwinGroup, LLC
  • Keith Klement, “Agriculture at Sheridan College”
    • Director of Agriculture, Sheridan College
  • Scott Sims, “Decision Making by Listening to the Land”
    • Scott Sims is a rancher in Southeastern Wyoming.   He is a practitioner of holistic management and believes in low cost production.   In order to achieve this his family has begun practices such as windrow grazing, May calving and selecting cows with lower body weight.   The ranch is located in rough country with elevations that rise between 7000 and 8000 feet.  They have worked out a plan to fit the cows to the environment. Scott also serves as a director of the Wyoming Stockgrowers Association.
  • Jill Clapperton “Soil Health, The Foundation for Food and Profitability”
    • Jill Clapperton (PhD) is the Principal Scientist and Co-founder of Rhizoterra Inc. She is a well-known researcher, international lecturer and advocate for practices that promote soil health.  In 2013, she was the Syngenta No Till Innovator for Research and Education, other awards include the Environment Canada Patricia Roberts-Pichette Award for enthusiastic leadership and commitment to furthering ecological monitoring and assessment in Canada.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6daE2sYegg
  • Jaclyn Wilson, “Going Home, Remember You Don’t Know It All”
    • Jaclyn Wilson returned home to western Nebraska in 2002 to become the fifth generation to own/operate Wilson Ranch, a commercial cow/calf operation in the Nebraska Sandhills.  Understanding that you “need to wait your turn” in a family operation, in 2012 she started Flying Diamond Genetics, a recip program that integrates into the ranch
  • Greg Simonds “Measuring the BCS of Land – for management and markets.”
    • Vice-President of Ag Operations of Ensign Group; Faculty affiliate with Colorado State University Animal Science Department
  • John Nalivka “Sustainability=Profitability”  Understanding the Changing Economies of the Beef Industry
    • John Nalivka is President and Owner of Sterling Marketing, Inc. an Agricultural Economic Research and Advisory firm.   He holds a B.S. degree in Animal Science from the University of Idaho and an M.S. degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Nevada at Reno