As a long-time Conservationist growing up in the Dakotas on a small grain and livestock farm, Jay Fuhrer built a career taking care of the soil.
He worked at the Natural Resources Conservation Service/USDA from 1980 – 2020 out of Bismarck, North Dakota. Jay particularly enjoyed working from the pickup end gate on the field edge, with a spade and the client, conservation planning one field at a time.
Jay had the opportunity to share his knowledge and passion for the resource by holding and participating in countless Soil Health based farm visits, tours, and workshops. While many workshops were held in the United States, Jay’s enthusiasm to connect with farmers and ranchers took him across the globe to places including Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Argentina, South Africa, and Canada. Building relationships through soil health education and conservation created many career highlights and friendships.
Currently, Jay spends his time supporting soil health efforts through the Menoken Farm. The Menoken Farm is a conservation demonstration farm and is Jay’s favorite place to work. Here, the 5 Soil Health Principles can be applied while monitoring plants, animals, and soils.
Owner of Ranch Management Consultants (RMC) home of the Ranching for Profit School and the Executive Link program. Dallas has led RMC since 2019 and worked with hundreds of ranchers across the US, Canada and Australia to position their business for economic profit and ecologic health. After working with University of Wyoming Extension for 18 years, Dallas started teaching the Ranching For Profit School in 2012 and quickly established himself as an elite instructor. Dallas, his wife Dixie, and their two teenage kids own and manage a grazing operation near Wheatland, WY. RMC is focused on creating profitable businesses, with healthy land and happy families.
Zach Wright is an agricultural activist for clean soil. His experience over the last 21 years has included studying and working with Dr. Elain Ingham as a private consultant, Lab Director, and Lead Educator with both the Applied Soil Ecology Lab in Fairfield, Iowa, and the Soil Life Consultancy firm based out of Berry Creek, California. In early 2016, Zach become an adjunct member of the REGEN UK group and began conducting seminars on everything from Composting and Compost Tea Brewing to Microscopy throughout England and Ireland. In late 2016, he returned to his roots in the Northern Great Plains of the United States where he immediately started working in the production Ag sector. This experience combined with Zach’s deep ecological insight has transformed into what Zach self-refers to as “un-conventional agronomy.”