South Dakota Grassland Coalition – Highmore, South Dakota
Jim and his wife, Carol, own and operate Daybreak Ranch in central South Dakota along with their daughter Jacquie, son-in-law Adam, and their two children Alexis and Caleb. Jim and family use a holistic approach to manage a Red Angus cow herd, custom graze yearling heifers, and also operate an upland bird and whitetail deer hunting enterprise. Jim is Chairman of the South Dakota Grassland Coalition, attends the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s state technical committee meetings, led the movement to bring the Leopold Conservation Award Program to South Dakota in 2010, and gives presentations on ranch adaptive management and conservation to many groups including the South Dakota Grazing School.
Jim and family have received the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Environmental Stewardship Award for Region VII, Society for Range Management’s Excellence in Grazing Award, South Dakota Wildlife Society’s Citizen Award, and the National Natural Resource Conservation’s Excellence in Conservation Award. In 2013, he was recognized by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies with the organization’s National Private Lands Fish and Wildlife Stewardship Award.