Dryland Organic Agriculture in the PNW:
Meeting Opportunities and Challenges
A special symposium of the 2011 Tilth Producers of Washington Conference
Speaker Bio - Stacy Davies
Stacy Davies is Marketing Director for Country Natural Beef, a cooperative of family ranches located throughout the western United States and dedicated to sustainable ranching. Stacy is also a rancher in the remote Frenchglen area of Oregon. His work at Roaring Springs Ranch has brought acclaim for environmental stewardship from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the American Fisheries Society and the National Cattleman’s Beef Association. He participated fully in crafting federal legislation that resulted in the 496,000 acre Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area. This act designated 175,000 acres of Wilderness for the preservation of unique natural resources and initiated unique cooperative management between private property owners, public agencies, and land users for the rest of the area under the direction of the Steens Mountain Advisory Council. Stacy’s passion for sustainable ranches and rural communities led him to serve on the Harney County planning commission, local school boards, BLM advisory councils, the Agricultural Research Service advisory board, and the Oregon Rangeland Trust board.
Stacy is passionate about producing food from landscapes that are scenic, have abundant wildlife, clean water, and healthy soil. His passion is to find solutions to the complex social issues surrounding land use that are often viewed as conflicts. Sustainable agriculture requires economic viability, social awareness, and ecological health.