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Quivira Coalition Regenerate Field Days: OGALLALA FIELD DAY

Nov 02 - Nov 04 2021

Quivira Coalition Regenerate Field Days: OGALLALA FIELD DAY

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OGALLALA FIELD DAY: SHIFTING PRODUCTION PRACTICES FOR EFFECTIVE WATER UTILIZATION & AQUIFER RECHARGE

WEDNESDAY, OCT 27TH CTHEREFORD, TX

TIME 9AM-5PM CAPACITY: TBA

 

ABOUT THE FIELD DAY

Water is life! Come and discover different approaches innovative farmers are using to enhance rainfall usage on the Texas Panhandle. Each farmer’s unique approach uses the same principles to increase the water infiltration and holding capacity of their soils. Hear from Chris Grotegut, Dr. Richard Teague, Dr. Pancho Abello, RN Hopper and Wayne Knight as they present and discuss management practices for sustainable water usage and aquifer recharge in the Ogallala Aquifer Region.  The morning presentation event will be held at the Hereford Civic Centre, followed by an afternoon outing to Dr. Grotegut’s property. This program is in collaboration with NCAT and the Texas A&M Agrilife and is funded by the Tecovas Foundation & the Dixon Water Foundation.

 

ABOUT THE PROPERTY

Chris Grotegut, DVM, is a farmer, rancher, and practicing veterinarian in Deaf Smith County, Texas. He believes thinking of the Ogallala aquifer as a non-renewable resource ensures it will be pumped dry. Instead, farmers and society should look at the Ogallala Aquifer as rechargeable captured water. The Grotegut family has moved toward more efficient use of water, labor and equipment in their farming by transitioning much of their land toward native grass species and protecting playas.

 

Questions about our Ogallala Aquifer Field Day? Contact Steph Marie Von Ancken, stephv@holisticmanagement.org

Facilitation Team

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Whit Hibbard

Whit is a fourth generation Montana cattle rancher, publisher/editor of Stockmanship Journal (www.stockmanshipjournal.com), and a former national park mounted ranger. He writes a stockmanship series for Drovers and On Pasture, and teaches low-stress livestock handling clinics all over the Western U.S and Central Canada.
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Bre Owens

WLA Stewardship Coordinator
Breanna Owens lives in Los Molinos, California with her sons Will and Clyde. She runs a small cattle and sheep operation based in Tehama County, California utilizing mostly leased private and public lands. Bre grew up in Northern California on a cow-calf ranch, attended Chico State and Colorado State University—Fort Collins. She is motivated by a love for the agriculture industry…for the people, land and livestock that are a part of it. She is inspired by the current conversations and opportunities in highlighting the linkages between the agriculture and conservation communities. Prior to joining WLA as stewardship coordinator, Bre has been engaged with the Conflict Reduction Consortium, Women in Ranching, and the On Land editorial board. Most recently she worked with the California State University—Chico Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems, along with working with a ranching-conservation collaborative called Working Circle Proactive Stewardship that developed as a result of wolves expanding their range to Northern California. Prior to that she worked with Point Blue Conservation Science as a Senior Range Ecologist and Program Coordinator for the Rangeland Watershed Initiative, a partnership program with NRCS. She has been a mentor through Quivira’s New Agrarian Program and is a California Certified Rangeland Manager. She sits on the Board of Directors for Holistic Management International, serves as the Board President of the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition. She is working with the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management (a Savory Institute hub) as a ranch participant in the Ecological Outcome Verification program.

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