National Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative

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Grazing Conference

Announcing the 6th National Conference on Grazing Lands!

We are pleased to announce that the National Grazing Lands Coalition will host a 6th National Conference on Grazing Lands that will take place in Grapevine, Texas, December 13th – 16th, 2015!

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Online Registration is officially open:

You can now register for the 6NCGL here.  The host hotel is the Hyatt Regency (DFW) in Grapevine, TX, located at 2332 International Parkway, Dallas, TX 75261.  Please make your hotel reservations by calling 972-453-1234 or online here.  If you call in be sure and request the National Grazing Lands Coalition’s room block.

Texas Tour:

Join us for a special Grazing Land Soil Health tour of Texas on Sunday, December 13th, 2015. Speakers include:  Robbie Tuggle, Andy Popp, Dr. Richard Teague, Dr. Lisa Bellows, Jeff Goodwin, Charles Kneuper, and Jason Gerngross.

Our bus will depart the Hyatt Regency DFW at 7:30 AM and arrive by 9 AM at the Popp Farm north of Lindsey, Texas.  Andy Popp is a director of the Cross Timbers Grazinglands Coalition and a member of many other local boards and community organizations.  He has been utilizing progressive conservation farming practices over the past few years and was recently the winner of the state Conservation Farmer Award.  At Andy Popps farm we will get some insight as to how he is benefitting soil health by incorporating no-till, diverse cover crops, livestock, crop rotations, etc into his cow/calf, stocker, and farming system.

From the Popp Farm we will travel to the Dixon Ranches Leo Unit and arrive by 11 AM.  The Dixon ranches demonstrate environmentally and economically sound ways to manage rangeland, while producing grass-finished beef.  We will be looking at how their grazing practices have had an effect on the soil health of both rangeland and pastureland.  More information on the Dixon Ranches and Dixon water foundation can be found at

We will tour the Leo Ranch’s pastureland and then break from 12 Pm – 1:30 PM for a Texas-sized, BBQ lunch at the Josey Pavilion on the Leo Ranch.  During lunch we will hear from Dixon Foundation representatives about the pavilions construction and its certification as a living building.  A voluntary plant identification course will be setup to tour at your leisure after lunch.  From 1:30 PM -2:30 PM we will tour the Leo Ranch’s rangeland and depart for the Hyatt Regency by about 2:30 PM for a 4 PM arrival.

Be sure and stop by the registration desk on Saturday evening from 5 pm – 7 pm to pick up your registration materials and tour tickets!

Call for Papers:

The deadline for the call for papers has passed; however, if  you are still interested in submitting an oral or poster presentation the program committee MAY still consider reviewing your abstract.  Please see our 6NCGL Call for Papers instructions and submit your presentation electronicallyhere.

Currently, our Conference Program Committee has accepted oral abstract submissions and has set a DRAFT conference agenda.  Please click the links below to view the conference program day by day.

6NCGL DRAFT Program:

Our Conference Program Committee has been working hard and put together our concurrent session line up.  Please click the links below to view our speakers/session by day.

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015