The story goes that one of Kent’s first words was “cow”.
Kent has worked with conservation grazing since 1986 and has had his own grazing operation for over 20 years. He has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology with emphasis in rangeland ecosystems and an M.S. in Wildlife Science. He worked for over 15 years in natural resource agencies, as a grazing consultant for over 15 years, taught college courses in regenerative agriculture for 4 years, and has had an agricultural fence business for over 20 years. He brings a unique combination of understanding and experience for working with grassland ecosystems, wildlife habitat management, cattle performance, and adaptive grazing to help clients meet their land management goals. For 30 years Kent has strived to demonstrate that conservation can be a product of agriculture done well.
Doug is the third generation on his family farm where he and his wife Beth are raising their family of five boys. Their farm, located by Paynesville, MN, was historically operated as a dairy when his grandparents started farming during the depression. In 1999 the farm was we certified for organic production with the desire to reduce our impact on the environment and produce a better product. Several challenges in the farm’s past such as stray voltage, poor water quality, disease, and chemical contamination have blessed Doug with experiences one can only truly understand by experiencing.
Influenced by many great people passionate about soil health, Doug converted all acres to a perennial system and implemented adaptive grazing practices. Currently the farm includes a grass-fed beef herd, a small dairy, heritage sheep, broiler chickens, and a custom grazing enterprise.
Doug is convinced of the positive impact improved soil health can provide as he sees the farm changing for the better. The peace of mind it has provided is remarkable. He is encouraged by constructive conversations with people who want to learn about how extensive the positive impacts of management in the regenerative mindset can be on ones farm. Doug believes the issue of soil health can cross all tribal boundaries in real practice and effects everyone who eats and breathes. People we can do better overall, and Doug looks forward to opportunities to contribute towards a more nourishing future.