Roots of Resilience

Northwest Grazing Conference 2017

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Managing for Resilience: Northwest Grazing Conference 2017

May 10 and 11, 2017, Pendleton, Oregon

Registration is now open for Managing for Resilience: Northwest Grazing Conference 2017. Join us for two full days of expert ranching advice. Learn how to increase your ranch profits while increasing the resilience of your land and your ranch business. And having more fun.

Click on this Register now button to register for the conference

Featured Speakers: Kit Pharo and Fred Provenza

Kit Pharo, cattle breeder and owner of Pharo Cattle Company, wants ranchers to make more profit and have more fun:

“The most profitable cow-calf producers that I know of have a low-input, grass-based program with very efficient, low-maintenance cows. These are also the happiest producers I know of.”

Learn how you can be one of those happy ranchers in Kit’s two  presentations:

Harvesting Sunlight & Calving in Sync with Nature

Matching Cow Size to the Environment

Fred Provenza, professor emeritus at Utah State University, is part of the BEHAVE team. BEHAVE principles, based on 30 years of research:

  • If we understand how animals learn, we can train the animals to fit the landscapes instead of changing the landscape to fit the animals.
  • Animal behavior is flexible and responds to consequences. Managers can change animal behavior. Desired behaviors, once learned, are passed from mother to offspring.
  • Animals can be trained in the right behaviors to fix land management problems. This tends to be good for the environment and the animals.
  • By managing animals for the desired behavior, the need for expensive machinery, fossil fuels, and toxic herbicides can be reduced.

Fred’s presentations:

Understanding Animal Behavior

Food Selection and Nutrition

Find the complete conference program here.

Conference Location

Pendleton Convention Center, Pendleton, Oregon

Conference Registration

Early registration, both days, by April 26: $227

Regular registration, both days, after April 26: $267

Additional attendee from the same family, ranch, or organization, both days: $167

Early registration, one-day only, by April 26: $140

Regular registration, one-day only, after April 26: $167

Students (high school or college/university) early registration by April 26, both days: $140

Students (high school or college/university) regular registration after April 26, both days: $180

Registration includes lunch both days and light hors d’oeuvre during the social hour Wednesday evening.

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Paying by Check?

If you prefer to pay by check, click on the Register now button above and fill out the online registration form. Click on the Register and pay button. This will take you to the payment page. Do not enter payment info when you get to the payment page. Make a note of your total registration fee. Mail a check, made out to Roots of Resilience, for your total registration fee to:

Roots of Resilience
c/o Doug Warnock, Conference Chair
6684 E Highway 124
Prescott, WA 99348-9681

If the name on the check is different from the name of the person attending, please include a note so we can match the check with the online registration.

If you have any questions, please contact Doug at

Interested in Becoming a Conference Sponsor?

Would you like to be a sponsor for Managing Resilience: Northwest Grazing Conference 2017? We have many sponsorship opportunities. Check our sponsorship page for more information.

Show Your Stuff—Exhibit at the Conference

Reach over 100 ranchers and ag professionals with your products and services. Check the exhibitor page for info on exhibiting at the conference.


We’ve booked a block of rooms at a special conference rate at the Oxford Suites, within walking distance of the Pendleton Convention Center. Rates are $91 for government and $105 for corporate, plus tax. Rates apply from May 8 to May 13. Reservations must be made by April 14 to qualify for the special rate. Only 20 rooms being held, so book early to be sure of getting the special rate.

Oxford Suites
2400 SW Court Place
Pendleton, OR 97801

Cancellation/Refund Policy

If you register and can not attend, you may send a substitute. Please let us know if you are sending a substitute. You may cancel before April 17 and receive a refund of the amount you paid, less a processing fee of $25. If you need to cancel after April 17, we can refund 50% of your registration fee or you may send a substitute. No refunds if you cancel after April 26, but you may send a substitute.

Thank You Conference Sponsors

Soil Builder

Logo for Country Natural Beef Co-opInnovator

Southworth Brothers Ranch

Pacific Intermountain Mortgage Company