Farmer and Soil Health Consultant, Ridgeway, MO
Grazing Panel Speaker
Doug Peterson retired from NRCS in 2020 after over 30 years of service. He started his career as a Soil Scientist. He has been a District Conservationist in both a grassland-based county in south Missouri and a large cropland county in north Missouri. He has also been a State Grassland Conservationist and a State Soil Health Specialist.
Since his retirement, Doug has focused on his farm, where he operates a cow/calf and contract grazing operation with his father, Steve. Currently they run about 250 cows. They utilize Adaptive Multi-paddock Grazing and Holistic High Density Grazing to improve soil health, eliminate the need for most purchased fertilizer and limit hay needs to about one bale per cow per winter. He has also started his own soil health consulting businees, where he provides education and on-farm consulting services for Understanding Ag, No-till on the Plains and individual produers.