2018 SPGCA Field Day Event
Ray Archuleta is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist with the Soil Science Society of America and has over 30 year’s experience as a Soil Conservationist, Water Quality Specialist, and Conservation Agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). During his tenure with the NRCS Ray served in New Mexico, Missouri, Oregon, and North Carolina.
Ray received his AS degree in Livestock Science from Northern New Mexico College and a BS degree in Agricultural Biology plus 30 hours of graduate work in soil related courses from New Mexico State University. He served in the Peace Corps for two years in Guatemala as a Livestock Specialist.
After his retirement from the NRCS in 2017, Ray founded Soil Health Consultants, LLC and Soil Health Academy to teach Biomimicry strategies and Agroecology principles for improving soil function on a national scale. Ray also owns and operates a 150-acre farm near Seymour, Missouri that he operates along with his wife and family.
Doug Peterson has been an NRCS employee for 30 years. He started his career as a Soil Scientist. He has been a District Conservationist in both a grassland based county in south Missouri and a large cropland county in north Missouri. He has also been a State Grassland Conservationist and a State Soil Health Specialist. Currently he is a Regional Soil Health Specialist for Missouri and Iowa teaching NRCS staff and producers around the mid-west about soil health, how it impacts virtually all natural resource processes, and what type of management it will take to effectively improve our soils health, function and productivity.
Doug attended college at Missouri Western State University graduating in 1986 with a B.S. degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in Economics and Agronomy.
He grew up on a crop and livestock farm near Newtown in north Missouri. Today he continues to operate a cow/calf and contract grazing operation with his father, Steve. Currently they run about 250 cows. They utilize Management-intensive Grazing and Holistic High Density Grazing to improve soil health, eliminate the need for most purchased fertilizer and limit hay needs to about one bale per cow per winter.
Doug’s NRCS training coupled with his real world hands on experience make him a unique speaker that is relatable to both agency personnel and producers.
We are the Boeckmann’s – Denise, Chris and our children Rae, Eric, Kristen, and Paul—and we raise poultry, Mangalista pork and South Poll cattle.
Chris and Denise both graduated from the University of Missouri in 1987 and began to operate the farm Chris grew up on and now refer to as Boeckmann Family Farm. Chris received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science while Denise received a Masters Degree in Finance and is co-owner of Osage Tax Accounting.
About ten years ago, Chris was approached by an individual who was looking for a source of grass fed beef. So we increased the intensity of our grazing system and began to focus on the production of grass fed beef. Additionally, we began to focus on what breed of cattle performed best in our grazing system. Over the course of the next couple of years, we determined that the South Poll breed of cattle was best suited for our grass fed beef program. We were fortunate to locate a couple of local producers who not only raised South Poll cattle, but also relied on a grass-based system without the use of antibiotics or added hormones. It was the perfect fit which allowed us to develop our current program of All Natural Grass-fed and Grass-finished beef without the use of any antibiotics or added hormones.
Originally, our primary focus was selling whole, half, or quarter beefs directly to local individuals. We now sell individual cuts of steak, roasts and ground beef, as well as, further processed beef products such as beef jerky, snack sticks, bratwurst, summer sausage and all-beef hotdogs. We have partnered with a food distributor to expand our customer base to include stores, restaurants and a home delivery service.
In 2013 we decided to raise Mangalitsa pigs. This breed of hogs was imported to the United States for the first time in 2007. The Mangalitsa pork is often referred to as the ‘Kobe Beef’ of the pork world. The meat is a very dark well-marbled while the lard is unsaturated thereby making it a healthier option. Our Mangalitsa pork is also marketed through the food distributor to individuals, restaurants, and stores.
In addition to their personal operation, Chris is currently the Farm Manager for the Lincoln University Alan T. Busby Research Farm in Jefferson City Mo. The Busby Farm is a 280 acre farm that is certified as organic and has production of cattle, sheep, goats in an intensive grazing system along with research and demonstration of blueberries, vegetables and cover crops.
The 2018 SPGCA Field Day
will be hosted by
Mike & Mary Wilbers
June 29th – 30th