Returning Ruminants to the
Northern Plains

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

8:00 AM Registration

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

National Energy Center of Excellence
Bismarck State College
1200 Schafer St
Bismarck ND 58506


David Montgomery

Author, Professor of Geomorphology,
University of Washington

Anne Biklé

Biologist, Author
Co-Founder of Dig2Grow

Will Winter

Co-founder of American Holistic
Veterinary Medical Association

Peter Byck

Professor, Arizona State University
Writer, Producer and Director of
Carbon Nation

Cooper Hibbard

Operations Manager Sieban Livestock Company

You can also pre-register by calling 701-250-4518, Ext. 3 or
email Sandy at sandra.schwede@nd.nacdnet.net.

While there is no charge to attend this event, we ask that
you register by February 15, 2023 to secure an accurate
meal count.


All programs, services and events of all the sponsors/partners are offered on a non-discriminatory basis without regard to race, color national origin, religion, sex, marital status or handicap. This flyer and this workshop are based upon work supported by the NRCS, an equal opportunity provider and employer.


Building on their highly influential “Dirt Trilogy” (Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations; The Hidden Half of Nature; and Growing A Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life), geologist David Montgomery and biologist Anne Biklé preview their forthcoming book, You Are What Your Food Ate. They share the growing body of scientific evidence underlying how soil health dramatically affects the health of crops and animals, and ultimately human bodies. The intimate connections between the life of the soil and the nutritional quality of food points to the profound importance of farming practices that can imbue the human diet with the nutrients and compounds that underpin health, or rob us of them. They discuss how a growing vanguard of farmers pioneering regenerative practices is proving that farming practices that are good for the land are good for us too


William G. Winter grew up in a farm family in South-Western Kansas. Most of his family resides in and around Medicine Lodge, Kansas, also Nashville, Zenda, Harper, and Attica. He got his veterinary degree from Kansas State University in 1975. In 1980 he created what became one of the largest and most successful holistic veterinary practices in the United States. He has advanced training and certification in veterinary homeopathy, herbal medicine, veterinary chiropractic and animal psychology and behavior modification. He is a co-founder of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. Since 2004 he has been the herd consultant for the Thousand Hills Cattle Company. He is the founder and owner of RESCUE ANIMAL PRODUCTS and the developer or previous owner of SOJOURNER FARMS, RESTORATION RAW PET FOOD, and RAW BISTRO. He is the owner of LUCKY PIG FARMS and raises pastured Berkshire hogs, as well as implementation of various invasive weed eradication programs utilizing his flocks of American Blackbelly Hair Sheep and Kik0-Boar meat goats.


Peter Byck is the director, producer and writer of carbon nation. Byck recently joined the faculty at Arizona State University, in both the School of Sustainability and the Cronkite School of Journalism. During the filming and editing of carbon nation, Byck has met and collaborated with the leading minds from the world of climate, clean energy, military applications and land use. Byck’s contacts span the globe – keeping him up-to-date on the fast moving frontier of the clean energy revolution. Byck is currently in production for carbon nation 2.0 – an on-going series of short films promoting a low carbon economy, produced in affiliation with ASU.


In 1864, Henry Sieben traveled on foot and by wagon from Illinois to Montana Territory. From freighting to cattle and sheep speculation, Henry was an entrepreneur. By the end of his life he had amassed two majestic ranches. His two daughters, Berneice and Margaret, each inherited a ranch and the legacy was launched.

Four subsequent generations have maintained the ranch at Adel, south of Cascade, Montana. Each generation has expanded the ranch through acquisitions or leases. After a long history as a sheep ranch,Cooper Hibbard now manages primarily cattle at the Adel ranch.

Chase and Cooper Hibbard work together closely to ensure family legacy continues and thrives. While careers take fifth generation family members in a variety of directions, commitment is strong to ensure Sieben Live Stock Co is a many generation family business.

March 1,


All times are Central Standard Time

8:00am — Registration
9:00am – 9:30am — Welcome – ND Grazing Lands Coalition (Jerry Doan)
9:30am – 10:30am — The Big Picture (Dave Montgomery and Anne Biklé)

10:30am – 10:45am — Break

10:45am – 11:30am — The Big Picture {continued} (Dave Montgomery and Anne Biklé)
11:30am – 12:00pm — Measuring Grassland Benefits in the Dakotas (Peter Byck via Zoom)

12:00pm – 1:00pm — Lunch

1:00pm – 2:00pm — Managing Grasslands Into the Future (Cooper Hibbard)
2:00pm – 3:00pm — The Importance of Returning Ruminants to the Landscape (Will Winter)

3:00pm – 3:15pm — Break

3:15pm – 4:00pm — Four Steps to Returning Ruminants to the Landscape (Will Winter)
4:00pm – 5:00pm — “Future of Food” Video and Q&A (Darrell Oswald)

5:00pm – 6:00pm — Social

6:00pm – Dinner



Coming soon