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Northwest Grazing Conference 2017

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Managing for Resilience: Northwest Grazing Conference 2017

May 10 and 11, 2017, Pendleton, Oregon

Thank you to all our attendees, speakers, sponsors, volunteers, and exhibitors

We had over 100 people come to Northwest Grazing Conference 2017 to learn about how to make ranching more resilient and more profitable. Thanks to everyone who contributed to a successful conference.

Please check our workshop page for upcoming programs. We look forward to seeing you at our next conference, workshop, or field day.

For more information, or to schedule a workshop for your group, contact us at

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. — Kit Pharo

Learn how you can be one of those happy producers at Managing for Resilience: Northwest Grazing Conference 2017. Join us for two full days of expert ranching advice on how to improve water infiltration, water quality, and riparian habitat; restore soil health; reduce fire risk; and produce more forage. Increase your ranch profits while increasing the resilience of your land and your ranch business.

Featured Speakers: Kit Pharo and Fred Provenza

Kit Pharo, cattle breeder and owner of Pharo Cattle Company, wants ranchers to make more profit and be happy. He will speak on:

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
1601 Westgate
Pendleton, Oregon 97801

Conference Registration

Online registration will close Sunday, May 7. We will accept walk-in registrations.

Regular registration, both days: $267

Additional attendee from the same family, ranch, or organization, both days: $187

One-day only: $167

Students (high school or college/university), both days: $180

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

If you have any questions, please contact Doug Warnock 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.


Oxford Suites is within walking distance of the Pendleton Convention Center.  There are several other motels nearby. And several RV/camping sites.

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