Jody Butterfield

Co-Founder and Chief Curator

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Jody has worked over the last 30 years to communicate the story of Holistic Management, initially as a free-lance writer and then as a collaborator with husband Allan Savory on books, articles and papers, including the basic text still in use today-Holistic Management: A Commonsense Revolution to Restore our Environment (Third Edition, 2017). As Chief Curator she ensures that the content of Savory publications and curriculum stays true to Holistic Management principles, even as it expands to incorporate new countries, cultures, and contexts.

In 2009, Jody landed the opportunity to fulfill a decades’ long dream to bring Holistic Management to pastoral communities in Africa with a multi-year grant from the US Agency for International Development. Working with training professionals and the staff of the Africa Centre for Holistic Management (ACHM)—which Jody and Allan founded in 1992 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe—she developed methods and materials for introducing pastoral communities to Holistic Land & Livestock Management. ACHM has since trained over 100 community facilitators from Southern Africa who are proving increasingly successful at empowering communities to restore their land through Holistic Planned Grazing.

Jody was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. She received a BA in Journalism and an MA in American Studies from the University of Utah following a year of classwork, writing and lecturing at the Polytechnic of Central London (U.K.). From 1975–1983 she worked as a freelance writer, editor and photographer, based in The Netherlands, Washington, DC, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she met Allan in 1979.

Tré Cates



Consulting with organizations in multiple industries on 6 continents and 35 countries, Tré has proven to be indispensable in defining, developing, and implementing an organization’s vision for the future. His experience is very diverse from the development of faith-based community organizations, a publicly-traded technology company, to a multi-national organization working in 20+ countries. One of his companies was recognized twice as one of the fastest growing companies in the US on the INC 500/5000 list.

Tré has won several top individual awards in the state of Colorado including Entrepreneur of Distinction in Boulder, CO and two-time semi-finalist of Colorado’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He is active in his community by serving on the board of several companies including multiple non-profits. Tré has a BA in Philosophy from Ouachita Baptist University and a MA in Theology from Southwestern seminary.

Bobby Gill

Director of Corporate Development


Bobby is an accomplished Biological Resources Engineer who brings a long and successful track record in non-profit development, fundraising, and community building to the Savory Institute as Director of Corporate Development.

Bobby grew up in the Washington, DC area and for 7 years worked as a lead scientific reviewer for the US Food & Drug Administration. While designing clinical trials and evaluating the safety and effectiveness of cardiovascular devices, he developed a strong appreciation for analyzing scientific research and understanding the underlying mechanisms of biological systems. This ultimately led him to studying ancestral nutrition and regenerative agricultural systems, challenging the status quo and seeing how working with nature instead of against it optimizes life for all involved.

While at the FDA, he founded a non-profit to help raise funds for a rare genetic disorder afflicting a friend. When the organization gained momentum and needed his full attention, he left the FDA and spent the next few years running its marketing and operations, growing it to a point of $5+ Million in annual revenue. With his organization at a point of notoriety and self-sufficiency, he moved on to new challenges and joined the Savory Institute to truly put his critical scientific eye, experience growing a non-profit, and strong passion for regenerative agriculture to good use.

Never one to pass up an outdoor experience, Bobby was previously a skydiving instructor and an elite-level ultramarathon runner. He now lives in Denver, Colorado and spends his time rock climbing, ice climbing, skiing, fly fishing, and doing anything that takes him the road less traveled.

Sarah Gleason

Director of Marketing and Communications


Sarah is an award-winning, mission-based marketer who is passionate about developing strategic communication plans that engage audiences and motivate them to action. She has a proven track record in successful results-oriented business development, marketing, and fundraising.

Sarah grew up in Colorado, learning to ski, cycle, run, river raft and backpack the mountains of her colorful home state. She competed as a Division I swimmer in college and began her career in Washington, DC working for congress and an environmental non-profit. It was only a matter of time before the bountiful opportunities and life work-balance of Colorado brought Sarah back home. As part of the Marketing Department of Whole Foods Market, she successfully increased year over year sales through strategic marketing, event planning & public relations while coordinating over $100,000 in charitable giving to local non-profits. She passionately implemented innovative story-telling to promote local farmers, ranchers and producers in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Her work at the Savory Institute is the perfect combination of her skills in marketing and communications and her passion for agriculture, land management, socio-economic concerns and environmental issues. When she’s not out trying to change the world, Sarah is spending time with her husband, 2 dogs, cat, and small flock of chickens.

Daniela Ibarra-Howell

CEO and Co-Founder

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A native Argentinean, born and raised in Buenos Aires, Daniela is an agronomist by profession and holds a MS in Natural Resource Management and Economics. With over 25 years of international experience in ranching, Holistic Management, and collaborative ecosystem restoration programs, Daniela co founded with Allan Savory and other colleagues the Savory Institute in 2009, and became its CEO in 2011. Since then she has led her team in the design and implementation of a revolutionary entrepreneurial, self-sustaining global impact strategy for large-scale restoration of grasslands through Holistic Management to tackle global food and water security, and climate change issues.

She has served as an advisor to sustainability initiatives such as UN Global Compact, UN Rio+20 informal-informals, Solidaridad’s Farmers Support Program (FSP), Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB), Sustainable Food Lab, Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN), and others.

She holds executive degrees in Advanced Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from University Notre Dame.

Before her involvement with the Savory Institute, Daniela co-founded Del Cerro LLC, a land management and consulting firm and served as its Director for seventeen years. During that time she co managed the family’s 9,000-acre ranch in western Colorado, increasing its productivity by 300%. In the off-season she and her husband led educational ranch tours around the world.

All along she worked closely with Allan Savory, teaching and consulting in many continents, having completed training in Holistic Management with Savory himself in 1996, when she became a certified educator.

Earlier in her career she served as a Resource Policy Analyst for the Argentine Ministry of Agriculture, the Under-secretariat Environmental Policy, and the National Commission for Desertification in Patagonia (CONADEPA); and served as a consultant to the Inter American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA), and the UN on agricultural and land restoration policies.

An advocate of entrepreneurial approaches to tackle global problems, she is a co-founder and member of Holistic Holdings International Inc. and Grasslands LLC.

An avid traveler, Daniela enjoys exploring with her family the world’s cultures and countryside. Additionally she loves to follow her two daughters in their horse jumping, ballet, and gymnastics performances.

Chris Kerston

Director of Events and Public Outreach


Chris Kerston ranched full time for nearly 15 yrs before joining the Savory Institute. With a longstanding passion for regenerative agricultural and better food distribution systems, Chris has dedicated his life to helping connect ranchers with consumers in ways that create synergistic value for both sides. With formal training and instinctive talent, Chris utilizes media in concert with traditional marketing techniques to help ranchers share their stories and build long lasting relationships with partners based upon common goals.

For 6 years Chris co-managed a 2,000 acre diversified farm based on holistic grazing and permaculture in the Sacramento Valley. The farm is comprised of old growth olive orchards, heirloom stonefruits and citrus groves, and also raises grassfed cattle, sheep, goats, and pasture-raised chickens for both meat and eggs. Through creative positioning, the farm quickly attracted national notoriety and the attention from public figures such as Joel Salatin and Michael Pollan. Chris has also been recognized as a leader in the emerging agri-tourism market and he facilitated a partnership with a European-based hospitality company and the farm he managed. The resulting farmstays provided urban dwellers a recreational, but also educational, outlet to see first-hand how food could be produced in abundance outside the realm of conventional industrial systems.

Chris has become a recognized public speaker championing for stronger connections between grower and eater and providing training to help build those connections. He has been on the forefront of the collaborative process with state and federal regulators, advocating for the recognition of alternative agricultural models as well as the consumers' right to access healthy local foods. Chris is also very enthusiastic about developing opportunities for young ranchers. Fostering creative solutions to removing barriers of available land and capital will ultimately help cultivate the next generation of holistic land stewards.

Candice Newmyer

Executive Assistant and Operations Manager


Candice grew up on the shores of Central California, but fell in love with the mountains and rivers of Idaho over a decade ago. It was this love of the mountain lifestyle, in combination with a desire to live in an entrepreneurial and socially-conscious environment, that lead her to Boulder, Colorado.

Candice holds a Bachelors of Science in Aquatic Biology from University of California Santa Barbara. She has worked and lived in Honduras and Costa Rica during various points of her life, teaching life science, sea turtle conservation, and taking students on unforgettable adventures such as rafting the class IV river, the Rio Pacuare. Her career has been as meandering as the river she loves, including managing an internationally renowned food and wine festival, working in biotechnology, and being an advocate for victims of domestic violence.

She has been very fortunate to travel all over the world, surfing, scuba-diving, skiing, and eating anything new and exotic. She is extremely passionate about food chain, socio-economic and environmental issues and is excited to be working for an organization that is far reaching and has such an amazing global impact at so many different levels.

Allan Savory

Founder and President

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Allan Savory, born in Zimbabwe and educated in South Africa (University of Natal, BS in Zoology and Botany) pursued an early career as a research biologist and game ranger in the British Colonial Service of what was then Northern Rhodesia (today Zambia) and later as a farmer and game rancher in Zimbabwe.

In the 1960s he made a significant breakthrough in understanding what was causing the degradation and desertification of the world’s grassland ecosystems and, as a resource management consultant, worked with numerous managers on four continents to develop sustainable solutions.

He served as a Member of Parliament in the latter days of Zimbabwe’s civil war and became the leader of the opposition to the ruling party headed by Ian Smith. Exiled in 1979 as a result of his opposition, he immigrated to the United States, where he continued to work with land managers through his consulting business. The growth of that business, a desire to assist many more people and the need for furthering his work led him to continue its development in the nonprofit world. In 1992 Savory and his wife, Jody Butterfield, formed a non-profit organization in Zimbabwe, the Africa Centre for Holistic Management, donating a ranch that would serve as a learning site for people all over Africa. In 2009Savory, Butterfield, and a group of colleagues co-founded the Savory Institute in Boulder, Colorado to serve the world through an international network of entrepreneurial innovators and leaders committed to serving their regions with the highest standards of Holistic Management training and implementation support. The Africa Centre became the first of the Savory Institute’s locally led and managed “hubs.”

Savory’s book, Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision-Making (Island Press, 1999), describes his effort to find workable solutions ordinary people could implement to overcome many of the problems besetting communities and businesses today.

In 2003, Allan Savory received Australia’s International Banksia Award “for the person or organization doing the most for the environment on a global scale,” and in 2010 Savory (and the Africa Centre) received the Buckminster Fuller Institute’s Challenge award for work that has “significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems.” A TED talk Savory gave in 2013 has received over 3.4 million views and in 2014 was voted one of the 50 most intriguing TED talks of all time. The Savory Institute is one of 11 finalists in the Virgin Earth Challenge, a $25 million initiative for the successful commercialization of ways of taking greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere and keeping them out with no countervailing impacts.

Byron Shelton

Senior Program Director


Byron is the Senior Program Director for the Savory Institute. His role involves providing training in Holistic Management for the worldwide network of Savory Institute Hubs and Accredited Professionals. He also provides farm and ranch management consulting for Savory Institute. Byron is a Savory Institute Master Field Professional.

Byron is the founder and managing member of a private consulting firm providing facilitation and training in whole farm planning using Holistic Management™ decision-making, financial planning, ecosystem processes management, planned grazing, ecological monitoring, land planning, policy analysis and development processes, and low stress animal handling in agricultural, natural resource, business, family, and community settings. He has worked with large and small beef and dairy operations as well as with a wide range of other livestock and crop enterprises across North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Mideast.

Byron is the founder and managing member of a private land management company producing and marketing 100% grass-fed and grass-finished, land-improving, beyond-organic beef. He has managed organic and non-organic ranches and farms in Colorado, New Mexico, and Virginia. Grass-based enterprises managed include cattle, veal, bison, sheep, hog, broiler, layer, and turkey. Other enterprises managed include orchard, market garden, draft show horse, hay, guest ranch, horse, and adventure youth/family camp enterprises.

Byron served as a founding Board Member of the Central Colorado Food Shed Alliance, Faculty Innovator Coordinator in Instructional Technology for Colorado Mountain College, Adjunct Instructor of Agriculture/Natural Resource Economics at Colorado Mountain College, Career/job Skills Instructor for the Colorado Correctional Alternative Program, President and Board Member of the Colorado Branch of Holistic Management, Independent Construction Contractor, Camp/Guest Ranch Director, and as a High School Vocational Agriculture Instructor and FFA and Young Farmer Advisor in Colorado.

Byron has an A.A.S. Degree in Outdoor Education from Colorado Mountain College, a B.S. Degree in Vocational Agriculture Education from Colorado State University, and a M.E. Degree in Instructional Technology from Lesley University.

Abbey Smith

Network Coordinator


Abbey serves as the Savory Global Network Coordinator. She is also owner and operator of the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management with her husband, Spencer. The Jefferson Center is an organic cattle ranch and Savory Network Hub in Fort Bidwell, California.

She spent two months in South Africa living with families on holistically managed cattle farms after graduating magna cum laude from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in animal science and a focus in communications and ethnic studies. She attended graduate school at the University of Nevada, Reno where she received a master’s degree in interactive journalism. At UNR, she wrote a business plan for an online business to connect consumers and producers of local food. Through the competition, Abbey met her former employer of nine years and was recruited into the online/digital business world. During the last nine years she rose to a position of leadership within the company, Swift Communications, and was involved in many new ventures. She loves to work in in fast-paced, team environments working on projects in emerging markets. Before graduate school, she served as the director of a non-profit organization for natural resource conservation called The River Center in Modoc County, California. This position taught her how to manage a budget and bring groups of people together, often times with conflicting viewpoints, in order to find common ground.

She grew up on a commercial cattle ranch in Indian Valley, in Plumas County, California. Her loving, large, loud family has lived in the valley for seven generations. Family is a source of joy to her. Her goal in life is to build a beautiful world for her daughter, Maezy, which is why she and Spencer are working to advance Holistic Management.

Living in the rural community of Surprise Valley, California and being involved in a global organization is a dream come true. Abbey serves on the Surprise Valley Education Foundation board and is involved in local food groupsShe enjoys doing yoga, throwing kettlebells around, gardening, riding horses and hiking with her daughter. Her happiest moments are on the ranch with her family. She loves running and runs alone, except when in Africa.

John Fullterton

Founder and President, Capital Institute

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John is the Founder and President of Capital Institute, a collaborative space working to transform finance to serve a more just, regenerative, and sustainable economic system. Through the work of Capital Institute, regular public speaking engagements, and university lectures, John has become a recognized thought leader in the New Economy space generally, and the financial system transformation challenge in particular.

Jeff Su

CEO of Alliance for Sustainable Colorado

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Dr. Jeffrey Su has had a diverse career in the Conservation, Education, and Sustainability fields.   He has worked as a Non-Profit Executive, Professor, Researcher, Environmental Educator, Sustainability Consultant, Counselor and Coach in Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa and the USA. Jeff brings more than 16 years of experience helping mission driven organizations to grow, diversify their funding streams and increase their community impact. He has published in peer-reviewed scientific and education journals and has also served on the board of directors for multiple state, national and international organizations. Jeff holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Science from the University of Maine, a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Massachusetts and certificate in Holistic Counseling from Sophia College, Australia.  He is currently the Executive Director for the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado.

Taylor Collins

Market Partner and Adviser

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Taylor Collins is the Co-founder and CEO of Epic Provisions, the fastest growing CPG meat company in natural foods. Leveraging the EPIC brand to grow supply chains of grass fed and holistically managed animals, Taylor and his wife Katie have pioneered early communications with consumers and retailers on the benefits of regenerative land management. Speaking to the value of branding, messaging, and storytelling, Taylor is recognized throughout the natural foods industry as an expert on connecting with customers and creating authentic marketing strategy. EPIC’s meteoric rise led to a full acquisition of the brand by General Mills in 2016. Today him and his wife continue leading the company and driving positive change in agriculture, big business, and accessibility to high quality meat. Taylor serves on numerous mission driven company advisory boards where he pushes founders to execute on audacious visions. Hailing from the rugged Hill Country of Austin TX, Taylor’s love of the outdoors is the stimulus for his passion and creativity. When not working, Taylor is often found trail running deep in the Barton Creek Greenbelt or looking for buffalo to befriend. Taylor is both a competitive runner, lover of Katie, and father to Scout.

Will Harris

Hub Leader (GA,USA) and Market Engagement Adviser

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Will Harris is a fourth generation cattleman, who tends the same land that his great-grandfather settled in 1866. Born and raised at White Oak Pastures, Will left home to attend the University of Georgia's School of Agriculture, where he was trained in the industrial farming methods that had taken hold after World War II. Will graduated in 1976 and returned to Bluffton where he and his father continued to raise cattle using pesticides, herbicides, hormones and antibiotics. They also fed their herd a high-carbohydrate diet of corn and soy. These tools did a fantastic job of taking the cost out of the system, but in the mid-1990's Will became disenchanted with the excesses of these industrialized methods. They had created a monoculture for their cattle, and, as Will says, "nature abhors a monoculture." In 1995, Will made the audacious decision to return to the farming methods his great-grandfather had used 130 years before. Since Will has successfully implemented these changes, he has been recognized all over the world as a leader in humane animal husbandry and environmental sustainability. Will is the immediate past President of the Board of Directors of Georgia Organics. He is the Beef Director of the American Grassfed Association, and was selected 2011 Business Person of the year for Georgia by the Small Business Administration. Will has trained under the Savory Institute and is currently leading a Savory Network Accredited Hub.  Will lives in his family home on the property with his wife Yvonne. He is the proud father of three daughters, Jessi, Jenni, and Jodi. His favorite place in the world to be is out in pastures, where he likes to have a big coffee at sunrise and a 750ml glass of wine at sunset.

Seth Itzkan

Climate Advocacy Adviser

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Seth Itzkan is Co-founder and Co-director of Soil4Climate. He is an environmental futurist investigating innovative means of land management that offer hope for reversing global warming. He is a TEDx speaker on restoring grasslands with planned grazing. He has consulted for The Boston Foundation, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and the US Bureau of the Census. He is a graduate of Tufts University, College of Engineering and the Studies of the Future Program at University of Houston-Clear Lake. His private consultancy is Planet-TECH Associates.

Victoria Kindred Keziah

Strategic Brand and Communications Adviser

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Victoria is a seasoned strategist serving organizations that are contributing to broad systemic change. She provides comprehensive business modeling, organizational identity, content creation, and executional rollout for the solution-makers the world needs now. Her “design lens” integrates natural systems theory and biological modeling as inspiration for long-term, evolutionary success. Victoria focuses her work on sustainable and social innovators exclusively. She has developed brand and business strategies for clients in renewable energy, educational reform, health care, environmental conservation, regenerative agriculture, and circular economics. Her certification as a Biomimicry Specialist gives her a unique lens through which to envision galvanizing, life-affirming strategies for her clients and their constituents.  Born and raised in the New York area, she received her B.A. from Colgate University, and is currently working toward her M.S. in Biomimicry at the School of Leadership in Sustainability at ASU. She calls Boulder home with her husband and their two children. For more information, please visit

Jason Knoll

Founder at Being Imaginal

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Jason offers a unique combination of visionary insight and grounded skill. He is a versatile business leader with a proven career focus on inspiring the conditions for peak performance. Jason brings 30+ years experience in general management, strategic planning, business development, and financial analysis. He possesses strong acumen in business accelerator methodologies that empower organizations to move consciously from conceptualization to implementation. Jason began his career as a CPA with one of the world’s largest public accounting firms. He has worked with startups pioneering new, disruptive technologies and related services. Jason has also served in key executive roles for large, established organizations. His experience spans multiple industries and businesses ranging from pure startup to multinational corporations. Jason has a highly creative side and a compelling sense of curiosity that allows him to thrive in the field of unlimited possibility.

Hunter Lovins

Regenerative Economy Partner and Adviser

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Hunter Lovins is the President and Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS), a nonprofit formed in 2002 in Longmont, CO. A renowned author and champion of sustainable development for over 35 years, Hunter has consulted on sustainable agriculture, energy, water, security, and climate policies for scores of governments, communities, and companies worldwide. Within the United States, she has consulted for the Presidential Cabinet, Department of Defense, EPA, Department of Energy and numerous state and local agencies. Hunter believes that citizens, communities and companies, working together within the market context, are the most dynamic problem-solving force on the planet.  She has devoted herself to building teams that can create and implement practical and affordable solutions to the problems facing us in creating a sustainable future.   Hunter has co‐authored fifteen books and hundreds of articles, and was featured in the award‐winning film, Lovins On the Soft Path. Her best‐known book, Natural Capitalism, has been translated into a more than three dozen languages and summarized in Harvard Business Review. Its sequel, Climate Capitalism, won the Atlas Award. Her latest, Creating a Lean and Green Business System won the Shingo Prize. Hunter has taught at numerous universities around the world, was a founding professor of Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School (San Francisco). Currently she is a professor of Sustainable Management at Bard College (New York City,  Bard MBA). Named a Master at the Chinese De Tao Academy, Hunter helped launch the Institute for Green Investment in Shanghai, and she is a Fellow of the Fowler Center at Case Western University. Lovins has consulted for scores of industries and governments worldwide, including International Finance Corporation, Unilever, Walmart, the United Nations and Royal Dutch Shell, as well as such sustainability champions as Interface, Patagonia and Clif Bar. She has briefed heads of state, leaders of the numerous local governments, the Pentagon, Congress and officials in more that 30 other countries.   Hunter lectures regularly to audiences around the globe. She has worked in economic development from Afghanistan to New Zealand, and served the King of Bhutan on his International Expert Working Group, charged with reinventing the global economy. She sits on the Executive Committee of the Club of Rome, the steering committee of the Alliance for Sustainability and Prosperity, and Capital Institute’s Advisory Board. A founding mentor of the Unreasonable Institute, Hunter teaches entrepreneurship and coaches social enterprises around the world. She is also a founding partner in Principium, an impact-investing firm. Hunter has won dozens of awards from the Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel), Leadership in Business, The Rachel Carson Award, and the European Sustainability Pioneer award. Time magazine recognized her as a Millennium Hero for the Planet, and Newsweek called her the Green Business Icon.

Jason Rowntree

Hub leader (MSU) and Scientific and Research Adviser

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Jason Rowntree is an Associate Professor in Animal Science at Michigan State University (MSU) focusing on grass-finishing of beef, livestock grazing influence on ecosystem services and carbon footprint. He is faculty coordinator of Lake City Research Center an 810-acre facility that maintains 300 registered and commercial Red Angus cattle and also supports bioenergy and potato research ( Lake City is also the first university-based farm to collaborate with the Savory Institute ( as a global farm hub for Holistic Management. Dr. Rowntree is also an accredited educator in Holistic Management specializing in developing land-based decisions that improve the triple bottom line of agriculture. While at MSU, Jason has accrued over $2 million in state and federal funding as lead or co-investigator and has been an invited speaker at multiple national and international grazing and environmental conferences. Jason is Chairman of the board of the Grassfed Exchange, the leading educational outreach arm of the U.S.  grass-fed industry and is an advisor for Standard Soil, a newly formed B Corporation whose goal is to supply the nation’s growing demand for grass finished beef at commercial scale.