This past August, the PPJV and NDGLC co-hosted a Grasslands Policy Tour showcasing ND agricultural operations that focus on soil health and successfully integrate grassland conservation, annual cropping and wildlife conservation into their business models.
The ND Grasslands Policy Tour in August drew diverse participants from across the state and country. Two ranches that focus on soil health and successfully integrate grassland conservation, annual cropping and wildlife conservation into their business models comprised the tour.
The workshop and panel discussion began with a summary of highlights of the tour by facilitator and rancher Josh Dukart of Seek First Ranch. Following Dukart, 15 panelists addressed several overarching topics, answered questions from the audience and discussed opportunities for collaboration between agriculture, conservation, and political leaders.
The NDGLC was established in 1996 to promote the health and sustainability of the 13.5 million acres of grazing lands in North Dakota through education about the values and multiple benefits of well-managed grazing resources and by voluntary actions.
Compelled by alarming grassland loss rates in the Great Plains, seven Joint Ventures, together with ConocoPhilips and USDA Farm Service Agency, have embarked on a cooperative native grassland mapping project to identify potentially undisturbed grasslands with the goal of strategizing habitat conservation efforts across this large geographic expanse.