Jim Faulstich and his wife, Carol, own and operate Daybreak Ranch near Highmore South Dakota, along with their daughter Jacquie, son-in-law Adam, and their two children Alexis and Caleb. Jim and family use a holistic approach to manage a Red Angus cowherd, custom graze yearlings, and also operate an upland bird and whitetail deer hunting enterprise. Jim is chairman of the South Dakota Grassland Coalition, on the board of the national landowner group, Partners for Conservation, attends the Natural Resource Conservation Service's state technical committee meetings, led the movement to bring the Leopold Conservation Award program to South Dakota in 2010, and gives presentations on ranch adaptive management and conservation to many groups including the South Dakota Grazing School.
Jim and family have received the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Environmental Stewardship Award for Region VII, Society for Range Management's Excellence in Grazing Award, South Dakota Wildlife Society's Citizen Award, and the National Natural Resource Conservation's Excellence in Conservation Award. In 2013, he was recognized by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies with the organization's National Private Lands Fish and Wildlife Stewardship Award and was honored as a 2015 South Dakota State University Distinguished Alumnus.See All Speakers