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Grazing Lands Focus of Upcoming National Conference

November 8, 2021 — The 8th National Conference on Grazing Lands, hosted by the National Grazing Lands Coalition (NatGLC), is set for December 6-9, 2021, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. To register for the conference, visit

Conference organizers expect more than 500 ranchers, professors, land managers, researchers, public officials, conservationists and students to attend the conference and participate in an exchange of ideas and information on the latest grazing land issues.

“Grazing lands exist in every state in this country and their value to agriculture, wildlife and the environment cannot be understated,” said Chad Ellis, chair of the National Grazing Lands Coalition. “That’s why this conference is so important. It brings the brightest minds in grazing land management together for a conversation about the best ways to conserve a vital resource that covers nearly half of this country.”

Featured speakers at the conference include:

  • Rep. Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania, ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee

  • Meredith Ellis of G Bar C Ranch, Rosston, Texas

The second day will begin with a panel discussion on mental health in agriculture. Three agricultural producers will explain how to recognize the signs of distress and how to get help. Panelists are Ryan Sexson, rancher from Nenzel, Nebraska; Jessica Peters, dairy farmer from Meadville, Pennsylvania; and Terri Hawbaker, dairy farmer from Pewamo, Michigan.

Participants can also choose from more than 60 concurrent sessions that include agricultural producers who will share their on-the-ground innovations and best practices for managing grazing lands in an environmentally sustainable and economical manner.

The conference also includes a trade show with vendors from varied segments of the agricultural industry, including booths and representatives from allied industries to government conservation agencies. The agenda allows time for visiting with friends and vendors at the tradeshow.

On December 9, participants have training and tour options available:

  • Regenerative Grazing: A Deep Dive Workshop featuring Dr. Allen Williams, Understanding Ag LLC

  • Grazing 101, Record Keeping and Soil Testing Training

  • Agrotourism/Technical Tour

  • Social Media Training

  • Hopsewee Plantation Tour

  • Brookgreen Gardens, Night of 1000 Candles

The National Grazing Lands Coalition was founded in 1991 to ensure high-quality technical assistance is available to private grazing land managers on a voluntary basis and to increase the awareness of the importance of grazing land resources. The work is carried out through coalitions of individuals and organizations functioning at the local, state, regional and national levels. Coalitions include livestock producer organizations, scientific and professional grazing resource organizations, conservation and environmental groups, state and federal natural resource agencies, and other agricultural interests.

To register online and obtain more information about the conference, visit