Allen Williams

Allen Williams

Allen Williams

Keynote Speaker | Understanding Ag

Fort Payne, AL | allen@understandingag.com

Allen Williams is a 6th generation family farmer and founding partner of Grass Fed Insights, LLC, Understanding Ag, LLC and the Soil Health Academy. He has consulted with more than 4000 farmers and ranchers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America, and other countries, on operations ranging from a few acres to over 1 million acres.

Allen pioneered many of the early regenerative grazing protocols and forage finishing techniques and now teaches those practices and principles to farmers globally. He is a “recovering academic”, having served 15 years on the faculty at Louisiana Tech University and Mississippi State University. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science from Clemson University and a Ph.D. in Livestock Genetics from LSU. He has authored more than 400 scientific and popular press articles, and is an invited speaker at regional, national, and international conferences and symposia.

Allen and his colleagues specialize in whole farm & ranch planning based on the concept of regenerative agriculture. Their approach creates significant “value add” and prepares the landowner for multiple enterprise/revenue stream opportunities that stack enterprises and acres. This approach allows for enhanced profitability and/or investment value. They routinely conduct workshops and seminars across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

He has been featured in several of the Carbon Nation film series, “Soil Carbon Cowboys”, on the Dr. Oz show, ABC Food Forecast News, and in Kiss The Ground, A Regenerative Secret, The Farmer’s Footprint film series and the Sacred Cow film series. He co-authored a book with Teddy Gentry, “Before You Have A Cow”. Allen is a regular contributor to “GRAZE” and “Stockman Grass Farmer” and has written articles for the “Organic Broadcaster” and many other publications. Several of his presentations and webinars can be found on the Pasture Project.

Session Code: 7-CP

Track: Closing Plenary

Session Name: Closing Keynote

Session Time: Wednesday, January 26, 3:45 PM to 5:45 PM

Presentation Title: Regenerative Secrets

Presentation Description: Regenerative Agriculture Principles work well regardless of the environment, the foods being grown or raised, and the climate under which they are raised. Direct experiences with farms in all major climate regions and in many different production focuses shows that tremendous resilience can be achieved through proper application of the Six Principles of Soil Health and the Three Rules of Adaptive Stewardship.

This resilience is exhibited through enhanced soil biological function, increased soil water infiltration and retention, better cycling of nutrients, more efficient water cycle, and a higher degree of diversity in plants, microbial species, beneficial insects, bird populations and wildlife. As you build diversity and functional capacity of the soil, the ability of the supporting ecosystem to withstand challenges and stressors improves significantly.

Case studies conducted by Understanding Ag show that this resiliency and ecosystem strength are real and exist in all major climates in North America. Case studies representing the northern, eastern, southern, western, and arid climates reveal tremendous resilience in the face of floods, drought, extreme cold, heat and humidity. These case studies represent the regions from which the summit attendees are from and show impacts ranging from quicker recovery from flood, drought and fire, to positive alterations in local weather patterns. Data will be presented to support reported results and validate the ability of regenerative practices to be restorative.

In summary, we will show the positive benefits of regenerative principles and practices on soil health, plant health, animal health, ecosystem and climate health to human health. These results benefit everyone, whether they are a farmer or a consumer. When regenerative agriculture is correctly applied, everyone wins.