HERD Fellowship

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The HERD Fellowship is now closed! We still have beginning agrarian /student prices, see the link on the bottom of this page.

About the HERD fellowship

We recognize the critical need to support the next generation of regenerative agricultural producers and land stewards.


The Quivira Coalition, Holistic Management International, and the American Grassfed Association support young people committed to life at the nexus of tradition and innovation, food and land, economy and community. We believe good agriculture is rooted in holistic thinking and a lifelong commitment to learning and teaching. The Herd Fellowship provides scholarships for beginning farmers, ranchers, land stewards, and students in related fields to attend the REGENERATE Conference.

This fellowship program is both inspired by and an extension of the Herd Fellows program started at the Grassfed Exchange. The HERD, a group of foundations and family offices whose shared mission is to accelerate the transition to a regenerative agriculture system, initiated this program with the goal of continuing education and connection for beginning ranchers and farmers from diverse communities. Chair of The Grassfed Exchange, Dr. Jason Rowntree of Michigan State University, says, “The Herd Fellows has become one of the most exciting aspects of the Grassfed Exchange. On the surface, they come to learn from others, but their presence inspires all who attend. These folks are agriculture’s future, and they give me much hope. We are so grateful to the sponsors whose vision and commitment enable this program to happen.”

We are pleased to offer the Herd Fellowship Program again this year!

Why Should I Apply?

The Herd Fellows Experience

The Herd Fellowship provides scholarships for beginning farmers and ranchers, land stewards, and students in related fields to attend the annual REGENERATE Conference, with the goal to connect scholarship recipients with peers and mentors, as well as support their pursuit of lives in agriculture.

Attending the conference provides beginning agrarians and land stewards—along with others unfamiliar with regenerative agriculture or currently transitioning to it—with the opportunity to learn from leaders in the field, build relationships with peers and mentors, find support for their work, and bring fresh perspectives on the future of agriculture. Further, in an effort to build our movement and create important synergy between the Herd Fellowship programs at both the Grassfed Exchange and REGENERATE, a network of all new and previous Herd Fellow cohorts has been established to bring alumni together to network, build community, and form lasting relationships.


Take a look at quotes from our past Herd Fellows about their experience

“The most valuable experience I had as a Herd Fellow was getting to meet other Herd Fellows and other attendees of the conference. I can honestly say that these were some of the most talented and genuine people I have ever met. Moreover, my personal and professional trajectory in life have been permanently improved by the connections I made at the conference. I will get to participate in things that were once only dreams of mine.”

“I found the sense of community and the recognition of the scope of the regenerative ag movement to be one of the most valuable elements of the conference. As a rural environmental farmer, being constantly bombarded with the worldly woes, it is refreshing and necessary to be re inspired from time to time.”

“The most valuable part was getting outside my “bubble” and realizing that this is bigger than just myself and what I do. I realized that there is a place to connect with the rest of the world of conservation and regenerative agriculture. The future of regeneration is endless and I am excited to jump in and see what will happen.”

“I greatly enjoyed meeting my generation of individuals doing phenomenal things in the agriculture community. I don’t see very many young agriculturists while attending other ag conferences. It was great to interact and listen to their stories and endeavors.”

“This program shows investment in the future… Being able to bring in more women, queer people, people of color, native people, poor people into these spaces is so crucial for the literal survival of all of us.”

How to Apply

Are you a beginning farmer, rancher, land steward, or student in a related field interested in applying to the Herd Fellowship?

The 2022 Herd Fellowship will be awarding some full scholarships (covers conference registration fee, and travel and lodging expenses) and some tuition-only scholarships (covers conference registration fee) to ranchers, farmers, conservationists, and others in related fields who are beginning their careers to attend the REGENERATE Conference. These scholarships will be prioritized to support individuals who come from historically underrepresented or economically low-resource communities and other marginalized identities in agriculture. We specifically encourage the application of Tribal, Latinx, Chicanx, Hispanic, Black/African American, Asian, Pacific Islander, and/or LGBTQ+ beginning ranchers, farmers, land stewards, and college students. However, qualified applicants from any background with a strong application will also be considered.

Our scholarship process has been developed with diversity and inclusion in mind, with a diverse team of reviewers, and acceptance of applications by phone or via the online application below. The award process will prioritize applicants from communities and backgrounds historically underrepresented, but will not exclude qualified candidates from any background with a strong application. Applicants will be evaluated on a number of attributes, including: Is ranching, farming, or land stewardship their primary occupation? Have they been pursuing their ranching, farming, or land stewardship career for less than 10 years? Do they come from a community historically underrepresented? How far have they come in their journey to reach this point?

Our goal is to award seventy percent of the scholarships to individuals who come from historically underrepresented communities and who are beginning ranchers or farmers. The remaining thirty percent of the scholarships will be awarded based on need and commitment to a career in agriculture or conservation.


Who can apply?

The fellowship targets young and beginning ranchers, farmers, land steward, or students in related fields. Must be at least 18 years of age. Please apply if you are a:

  • Beginning agrarian or land steward that is within their first 10 years of their career and is 35 years of age or younger
  • Student pursuing a degree in agriculture, land stewardship, or a related field
  • This year we are going to offer Virtual HERD fellowships and In-person HERD fellowships. Virtual will take place entirely online, and fellows will have access to all virtual conference events. In-person HERD fellowship will take place both online and in-person, and will be given on a more limited basis, and dependent on the distance of travel. We cannot accommodate all global applicants at this time. 
  • You may select one or both options in your application
How can I submit an application?

We know responding in written form to a series of essay questions is not for everyone, nor does it mean you are any more or less qualified to be a stellar land steward. We are open to accepting your application in a number of ways:

  • Complete the online application (see “Apply” section) – you can respond to essay questions briefly, in bulleted form even, if that works better for you. And if you don’t have a response for every question, you can skip some and focus on the ones you have the most to say about.


  • Complete an interview over the phone – to schedule an interview, please write to [email protected].
  • Or get creative and submit a video of yourself answering the essay questions! Click on the APPLY button below to view the essay questions. 


What if I don’t receive an award or I’m looking for a reduced conference registration rate?

If you don’t receive an award through the Herd Fellowship, don’t worry! We will offer you a reduced beginning agrarian, land steward, and student rate to our conference.

We also offer the reduced beginning agrarian, land steward, and student rate to those who are seeking a non-competitive route. In other words, if you demonstrate you need it, we’ll give you a discount; you won’t be evaluated against anyone else. Complete the Beginning Agrarian, Land Steward, and Student Inquiry Form to receive the discounted rate. After you submit the form, a member from the REGENERATE Planning Team will communicate with you about the discounted rate within 1-3 business days.