I am the Southwest Badger Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council Grazing Broker/Grazing Educator. Southwest Badger is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working in the Southwest Wisconsin region. The organization’s mission is to implement natural resource conservation and rural economic development in the area through education and best practices relating to agriculture, grassland, forests, and waters. The goals of my position are to increase access to land for beginning livestock farmers by soliciting rental land from non-farming landowners, create livestock farming opportunities for military veterans, provide high quality mentorship to beginning farmers, provide business planning assistance and financial coaching, establish a mutually supportive network, promote the concept of contract grazing, and increase acres of well-managed pasture. I earned my master’s degree in Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences from Virginia Tech where I researched the effects of beef cattle stocking density in managed rotational grazing systems on forage quality, forage yield, forage species composition, and clover establishment. I am originally from St. Louis, MO and earned a BS degree in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. I can be contacted by 608-732-1202 and email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.