Save the date for our Annual Meeting!
Saturday, December 3, 2022
Join us in Columbia for our 2022 Annual Meeting! This event is open to Missouri Farmers Union members and guests interested in discussing the future of Missouri agriculture. Check out our great speakers and program below. Be sure to reserve your lunch by registering for the event!
MOFU members: the activities that require voting (elections, Policy and Bylaw discussions) will be calculated using mail-in ballots. These ballots will be mailed to members following the virtual meeting.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2022: 8:45 AM – 3 PM
COLUMBIA, MO 65201
Register today to reserve your lunch!
8:45 AM: WELCOME BY MISSOURI FARMERS UNION PRESIDENT, TOM COUDRON
9 AM – 12 PM: GREG JUDY: REGENERATIVE AG & SOIL HEALTH
Greg and Jan Judy of Clark, Missouri run a grazing operation on 1660 acres of leased and owned land. Greg and Jan went from near bankruptcy in 1999 to paying off a 200-acre farm and house in 3 years with custom grazing on leased land and are debt free. They own 4 farms and lease 13 farms. They graze South Poll cattle, St Croix hair sheep, guardian dogs and Shiitake mushrooms.
Greg wrote a book in 2001, entitled “No Risk Ranching, Custom Grazing on Leased Land”, which details the methods they used to build their operation from scratch. In 2008 Greg wrote a second book “Comeback Farms, Rejuvenating Soils, Pastures and Profits with Livestock Grazing Management”. Greg’s second book covers all the methods they use with Holistic High Density Grazing, multi-species grazing, grass finishing animals, eliminating costly inputs. In 2021 Greg wrote his 3rd book entitled, “Greg Judy’s How to Think Like a Grazier”.
Greg started his own YouTube channel “Greg Judy Regenerative Rancher” in 2019 and now has 100,000 subscribers.
Greg gives talks and schools all over the US, Germany, England, New Zealand & Canada teaching the benefits of planned grazing, leasing land, multi-species grazing, custom grazing, agroforestry, and wildlife management. The Judy’s hold a spring and fall grazing school at their farm teaching the principles of planned grazing. Greg quit his off-farm job in 2009 and is now a full-time rancher. The Judy’s website is: greenpasturesfarm.net.
12 – 1 PM: LUNCH, BE SURE TO RESERVE YOUR LUNCH BY REGISTERING
1 – 2 PM: DR. KELLY WILSON: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE: CLIMATE SMART
2 – 3 PM: JOSH PAYNE: FARMER WITH CLIMATE SMART
Josh Payne, farms with his family in Concordia, MO at Rusted Plowshare. Traditionally a commodity corn and soy farm, they have transitioned through cover cropping commodities into regenerative sheep and cattle grazing, both on a wholesale and direct marketing level. They grass finish on a mixture of annuals, perennial cool-season pastures, native warm-season grasses (next year!) and microgreens grown on farm. They have 30 acres of chestnuts, which had their first marketable harvest this year, and have started implementing silvopasture practices in every pasture. Josh works closely with Dr. Wilson and Rob, he’s on the board at the Center for Regenerative Ag at MU, he speaks and consults on various topics with cover crops and grazing in particular. And is line for several of these new climate smart practices (or will be as soon as they officially open the options up).
Registration is FREE for MFU members.
$50 pre-register for non-members.
$60 on-site registration for non-members.
Want to attend for free? Join Missouri Farmers Union for only $40!