Farmer speakers

Learn about the innovative farmer speakers who will share their experiences using cover crops and other regenerative practices to improve soil health!

Cecil Harness Jr of Harness Farms has been farming with his father, Cecil Sr, since 1987, and now his son Dustin on 3500 acres in Pike and Montgomery counties.  In the early 80’s, they began experimenting with regenerative practices like no-till and in 2012 sold all tillage equipment and switched the whole system to cover crops and no-till practices.  They also integrate their 150 cow and cow/calf operation into row crop production. 

Johnny Hunter

Johnny Hunter II is a third-generation rice and soybean farmer from Southeast Missouri. Johnny began his regenerative farming journey in 2012 and continues to innovate his practices today. Beyond production agriculture, Johnny and his family own and operate their own rice mill. There they mill, package, and distribute the rice they grow to thousands of retail locations nationwide.

Liz Graznak

Liz Graznak is a Columbia, MO native and owner of Happy Hollow Farms produces organic vegetables, fruit, eggs, and flowers for CSA, farmers markets, and wholesale accounts in Moniteau County, Missouri. She is the 2021 Midwest Organic Farmer of the Year.


Kate Lambert and her husband Matt run Uptown Farms in Linn County, MO. They are the 2017 winner of the Missouri Leopold Conservation Award, which honors farmers’ achievement in stewardship and natural resource management. Uptown Farms produces row crop and hay and graze Red Angus cattle and Dorper sheep. 

D Haubein

Dave Haubein is the manager and partner of Round Rock Ranch and Haubein Farms Inc in Southwest Missouri. He produces row crops and “bird friendly beef” using regenerative practices such as no-till, cover crops, and grazing cover crops.  In 2017, they became the first certified ranch in the Audubon Conservation Ranching Program in Missouri. He is a National Association Conservation District (NACD) recognized Champion of Soil Health whose honors include the Grasslander of the Year award from the Missouri Forage & Grassland Council, the Hugh Hammond Bennett Excellence in Conservation Award, and has been a finalist for the Missouri Leopold Conservation award, and in 2020, were the Missouri State Champions of the Indigo Carbon Cup. He is also a member of Missouri Prairie Foundation, Qual Forever, Pheasants Forever, RMEF and SCI.

Mac Kincaid

Mac Kincaid’s 600-acre operation in Southwest Missouri integrates regenerative practices including cover crops, no-till, and cattle grazing throughout his production of corn, wheat, and soybeans. This year, he became the first Soil Health U Young Regenerative Producer of the Year

Josh Payne

Josh Payne farms 600 acres with his 93-year-old Grandfather. Over the past ten years, they have transitioned their farm from a conventionally tilled row crop operation into an operation with a living root in the ground between all crops. Now, they graze a 350-ewe flock of sheep on an exclusively annual forage chain. 

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