Congratulations to our 2019 'Herd Fellows'!
"The Grassfed Exchange believes strongly in building a diverse, inclusive community for the next generation of farmers and ranchers. We are committed to building a welcoming and inclusive space every year. If you aren't sure whether you should apply, you should! We want you here."
The Herd fellowship is a program that aims to inspire and educate the next generation of regenerative farmers and ranchers by sponsoring their attendance at the annual Grassfed Exchange Conference. In 2019, the conference will be held April 3rd – 5th in Santa Rosa, California
The Herd offers 12 or more full scholarships (which include travel, hotel, meals and registration fee), and 16 or more tuition scholarships (which cover the event registration fee).
The Herd believes that new farmers are an essential part of the grassfed, regenerative movement. We hope that this conference will inspire young farmers and that the young farmers, in turn, will inspire the rest of the participants.
The fellowship targets 1) young and new farmers and 2) returning veterans. Please apply if and only if you are currently active in or seeking employment in grasslands agriculture and you are a:
Next Generation Family Farmer: have a parent/parents involved in grasslands agriculture and are 35 years old or younger
Student/ Intern / Young Farmer: are currently (or will be) an intern or otherwise working on a farm or ranch in 2019 and are 35 years old or younger
Veteran: are a formerly active member of the military and are 45 years old or younger
Please fill out the online registration form. The deadline for submission is January 15th, 2019 (by midnight)
Announcing 2018 Grassfed Exchange “Herd Fellows”
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 3rd Annual Herd Fellowship scholarship program for young farmers and ranchers to attend the 2018 Grassfed Exchange conference on June 20-22, 2018 in Rapid City, SD.
Due to a generous grant from the folks at The Herd with further support from The Kalhurst Family and White Oak Pastures, we are able to grant a total of 27 scholarships to young daughters, sons, veterans and interns from 14 different US states in the US and 2 other countries to attend the 2018 conference. An additional 15 alternates have been identified in the event that the primary scholars are unable to attend.
Chair of The Grassfed Exchange, Dr. Jason Rowntree of Michigan State University, says, “The Herd Fellows has become one of the most exciting aspects of our annual conference. On the surface, they come to learn from others, but their presence inspires all who attend. These folks are agriculture’s future, and they give me much hope. We are so grateful to the sponsors whose vision and commitment enable this program to happen.”
The 2018 Herd Fellows are (in alphabetical order):
· Jessica Adcock (Newkirk, NM)
· James Daniel (Launceston, Cornwall, UK)
· Isaac Full (Gettysburg, SD)
· Miguel Gonzalez (Bryan, TX)
· Colton Iron Cloud (Kyle, SD)
· Jazmin Jordan (Redondo Beach, CA)
· Jessica Maier (Palcines, CA)
· Stephanie Nelson (Brattleboro, VT)
· Beth Robinette (Cheney, WA)
· Tanya Svec (Esteline, SD)
· Shea Velez-Westphal (Cedar Rapids, IA)
· Kyle Apsey (Reed City, MI)
· Jacob Coleman (Fredericktown, OH)
· Sabrina Cope (Truxton, MO)
· Lucy Ellis (Austin, TX)
· Dakota Finch (South New Berlin, NY)
· AJ Granelli (Kyle, SD)
· Justin Hawkins (Star City, AR)
· Katie Hotz (Drillham, Queensland)
· Brad Kahler (Colome, SD)
· Gabrielle Lundgren (Esteline, SD)
· Matthew Frank Mondi (Newark Valley, NY)
· Josie Morris (Walhonding, OH)
· Zachary Morris (Kokomo, IN)
· Reagan Paul (Carson, ND)
· Luke Perman (Hoven, SD)
· Christian Peterson (Cobleskill, NY)
Should any of the above scholars be unable to accept their scholarship, or if additional funds become available the following candidates are alternates.
· Trent Cadra (Shamrock, TX)
· Craig Fischer (Sleepy Eye, MN)
· Loren Fisk (Cavour, SD)
· Lindsey Gerstenkom (De Beque, CO)
· Ashley Greenhaigh (Guide Rock, NE)
· Lucas Gully (CrystalLake, IL)
· Cathryn Jennings (The Plains, VA)
· Christopher Jennings (The Plains, VA)
· Nicole Jennings (The Plains, VA)
· Matthew Kelley (Cobleskill, NY)
· Michael McNabb (Inkom, ID)
· Lane Christopher Morris (Walhonding, OH)
· Sheldon Ramer (Goshen, IN)
· John Rettman (Bloomington, MN)
· Melany Thomas (Felton, MN)
We congratulate this next generation of farmers and ranchers, and invite you to come along and meet them in Rapid City, SD June 20-22.
From Diana Grenawalt (Beloit, WI):
“Thank you so much for choosing me to attend the conference. As I am riding the bus home my
mind is alive with ideas. This is a stark difference from my trip down. I was so tired and hopeless
for our farming community - and for our own personal success as farmers.
Being a Herd Fellow at the Grassfed Exchange conference was nothing like what expected. I was
prepared to be a face in the crowd and come home with a few new ideas. Because of being a
herd fellow I was introduced to so many influential individuals - from traditional farmers and
ranchers looking a change, to brilliant scientists, to already successful direct marketers - have
never felt so welcome by a group of people.
Thank you for putting me in the position where I needed to switch on my brain again. From this,
it is my mission to go home and network with my friends who have lost hope in farming. My
goal is to help stop the death of the family farm in our area. I hope I can make a tiny ripple.
All I can say is - you all 'did good' :)
From John Filbrun (West Alexandria, OH):
“Thank you so much for all your efforts in making it possible for each of us to come! As you get opportunity share our deepest gratitude with each of the sponsors and everyone else that made the opportunity possible!
I am so grateful that I was able to attend the grass-fed exchange for the first time. I was very blessed to be able to learn from and connect with people that are further down the path of regenerative agriculture it was so very helpful and I felt like I come home with so much to apply.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”
From Sadie Bolz (Chadron, NE):
“I just wanted to thank you so much for the opportunity to be a Herd Fellow this year at the GFX. I met many amazing folks that are really impacting our industry on a daily basis. I also really enjoyed the Herd Fellow banquet! It was fantastic to make contacts and friends with others my age that are striving to be involved in the industry.
All three days was like a fire hose of information! I loved it.
Thank you so much for the opportunity, all the hard work and effort you put forth in allowing me to come and glean wisdom from the "powerhouse" folks!
Can't wait to see you in Rapid City.”
From Mariah and David Boatright (Booneville, MO):
“David and I thoroughly enjoyed Grassfed Exchange this past week. We learned so much from each of the speakers and the farms we visited. We also met many individual people and created many relationships that, I believe, will be tremendously helpful as we continue to pursue our grassfed farming dream. Gaining those special contacts is absolutely priceless.
We could not thank you and the board of Grassfed Exchange enough for the generous scholarship we received. Our trip to Albany would not have happened without your support of us as young farmers.
Thank you for catering to us and providing a special evening for us on Wednesday!
We had a wonderful trip home (I was even able to sit next to a fellow Grassfed attendee on the airplane and discuss our time there!) We were eager to get home and tell our friends and family about the great experience we had and all the things we learned. The Grassfed Exchang has given us encouragement to keep going. After attending the conference, I gained a stronger sense of confidence of why we do what we do. We are eager to keep learning and growing our operation. We hope to attend Grassfed Exchange in the years to come.
It's because of people like you and those apart of Grassfed Exchange that keep us going!
Again, thank you, so very much for making it possible for David and I to attend. It was truly a blessing to us and our farm.”
The Honor Roll
Below are our past Herd Fellows:
Emily Arensman (Rutherford College, NC)
Dennis Atiyeh (Schnecksville, PA)
Tim Auld (Lockhart, TX)
Lacey Barker (Waynoka, OK)
Mariah Boatright (Boonville, MO)
David Boatright (Boonville, MO)
Michael Bolster (Fort Plain, NY)
Shawna Burhans (Los Molinos, CA)
Sadie Bolze (Chadron, NE)
Kyle Brisendine (Homer, MI)
Kohl Carter (Lexington, VA)
Jeffrey Cramer (Tennille, GA)
John Filbrun (West Alexandria, OH)
Nicolas De Gregorio (Glen Ridge, NJ)
Ashley Greenhaigh (Guide Rock, NE)
Diana Grenawalt (Beloit, WI)
Chris Jennings (The Plains, VA)
Nicole Jennings (The Plains, VA)
Sophia Hoss (Sisseton, SD)
Caleb Kress (Hudson, NY)
Isaiah Clark Jones (Prophetstown, IL)
Craig Allan Livsey (Morrisonville, NY)
Nicholas Robert Nelson (Midland, MI)
Natasha Paris (Green Lake, WI)
Ashley Pierce (Worcester, NY)
Carter Powell (Washburn , ND)
Anne Preston (Shelburne Falls, MA)
Eliana Kate Riemer (Brodhead, WI)
Kyle Runkle (Lambertville, NJ)
Lori Schnoor (Maquoketa, IA)
Nicole Scott (Valley Cottage, NY)
Paul Tilyer (Canterbury, NH)
Isaac Welsh (Brodhead, WI)
Dennis Atiyeh (Ithaca, NY)
Sam Bass (Paden, OK)
Jesse Beiler (Narvon, PA
Sara Bronkema (Holland, MI)
Melissa Clark (Oklahoma City, OK)
Liz Cunningham (Jordan Valley, OR)
Sean Cunningham (Jordan Valley, OR)
Jonny De Jong (Slocomb, AL)
James Doyle (Piedmont, SD)
Austin Effling (Britton, SD)
Loren Fisk (Cavour, SD)
Kevin Fray (Carlotta, CA)
Christina Giordani (Hailey, ID)
Ty Hughston (McBain, MI)
Cathryn Jennings (The Plains, VA)
Christopher Jennings (The Plains, VA)
Nicole Jennings (The Plains, VA)
Michelle Katuna (Palcines, CA)
Jon Lee (Coon Valley, WI)
JC McDonald (Wilcox, AZ)
Jodie Oldham (Spokane, WA)