Dr. Jason Rowntree

Dr. Jason Rowntree is currently Chair of the Grassfed Exchange and is the faculty coordinator for The Lake City Research Center at Michigan State University. Lake City is also the first academic farm to become an accredited hub for Holistic Management working with the Savory Institute.  Specifically Dr. Rowntree has three primary areas of research and outreach interest: 1) improving energy efficiency at the farm level through properly managed grazing and integrated cropping systems; 2) understanding the impact of grazing systems on GHG flux and 3) development of pasture-based local beef production systems. His laboratory is also beginning to conduct more research on the impacts of management on healthfulness of beef.  He is currently developing a genetic beef cattle base using Red Angus to provide grass finishing genetics to the upper Midwest. In the first five years they have marketed over 400 head of beef cattle into grass finishing markets. He also recently developed a local beef model on Michigan State University campus that sources 60% of the total needed beef from campus sources. Jason is also an accredited educator for holistic management working with the Savory Institute.   Jason and his wife Cara have three children.  They have a small 10 ac farm that allows for his family to raise grass finished beef, pastured poultry and eggs for their friends and church family. As a family they homeschool and are passionate about the outdoors spending their time fly fishing and hunting in beautiful north Michigan. 

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Dr. Jason Rowntree Faculty coordinator for two research facilities

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