Cal Adams  – Co-Coordinator & Professional Affairs Manager

Cal operates a 450 acre grass farm in SE Mitchell County, Kansas. Generally, he uses the management intensive grazing system on all of his grass which Cal learned from two Management Intensive Grazing schools taught by Jim Gerrish at the Missouri Forage Systems Research Center. He has custom grazed cattle for some time now, taking one group from green-up in spring to mid-July and a second group from mid-September to December each year. The last 12 years he has collected data to evaluate annual forage production, species composition and range and pasture trend and health. Analysis of this data provides the basis for many of his management decisions.Cal is the a co-founder of the Smoky Hills Graziers Association and is on the board of directors of the Kansas Graziers Association and Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition. Lastly, Cal sits on the NRCS Kansas Technical Committee with active participation in the EQIP subcommittee.   In 2009 the Kansas Chapter of Society for Range Management awarded Cal the Excellence in Rangeland Management Award.

At KRI, Cal heads up grant writing and professional networking.  His primary duties are to serve as the head recruiter for the internship program and he is also vital to the enrichment, program evaluation, and outreach components.

Cade RensinkCo-Coordinator & Business Manager

Cade operates a sixth-generation family ranch in western Ottawa County, KS. His Red Angus-based commercial cowherd is managed primarily on native grassland. He runs a small backgrounding yard and stocker operation. Cade has a B.S. in Animal Science and an M.S. in Range Science from Kansas State University. He has 10+ years of ranch consultation experience in eastern and central Kansas assisting producers with production strategies for grazing livestock and integrated resource management. Cade is a Past President of the Kansas Section of the Society for Range Management and sits on the Board of Directors of the Kansas Forage & Grassland Council, Ranchland Trust of Kansas, and the Ottawa County Farm Bureau Association.

At KRI, Cade handles the accounting duties, coordinates the website, assists with educational program development, and works with recruitment and outreach.

Ted AlexanderConservation & Stewardship Liaison

The Alexander Ranch is comprised of 7,000 acres in the Red Hills of South Central Kansas.  Different types of grazing systems have been implemented on the ranch over the years to increase production of desirable forage species and control rest periods and the degree of forage use by cattle while at the same time harvesting more beef per acre than reported by other area ranches.

The Alexander Ranch management team has been recognized by:

• National Cattlemen’s Beef Association – Region VII Environmental Stewardship Award, 2007
• Kansas Chapter of The National Wildlife Federation – Farmer/Rancher Conservationist Award, 2001
• Kansas Chapter Society for Range Management – Excellence in Grazing Management Award
• Kansas Grazing Land Coalition – First Chairman and Advisory Board Member
• Comanche Pool Prairie Resource Foundation – Board of Trustees and Founding Member

At KRI, Ted serves as our main connection to other natural resource-oriented organizations. He also has a key role in the selection of our mentor ranches and assists with intern screenings and interviews.

Mary Howell – Enrichment and Evaluation Manage

Mary operates about 1600 acres of pasture and cropland on their family farm in northeast Kansas.

While their cash grain enterprises consist of milo, soybeans, wheat, and oats, they run their Hereford/ Angus-cross cowherd on sudan, fescue, Eastern gamagrass, and native grass using a management intensive grazing system .Mary is very conservation oriented on their ranch as they employ no-till practices on the cropground and are working toward organic crop and beef production.  They continually increase the use of legumes within the crop rotation and interseed into perennial forages to supply nitrogen. Over the years, Mary has made the decision to convert flood prone and erodible cropland to grasses and has invested in infrastructure to provide alternative watering systems for livestock.At KRI, Mary is mainly involved with the internship program as she supervises ranch visits, assists with student interviews, coordinates the development of enrichment activities, and assists with program evaluation.  She is also instrumental in being an advisor on grant writing.