2020 Keynote Speakers

Jerry Doan

Jerry and his wife Renae operate Black Leg Ranch along with their sons Jeremy, Jay, and Jayce Doan. Their daughter Shanda is also involved. The ranch was homesteaded in 1882 by Jerry’s Great Grandfather in what was then Dakota Territory.

They use Holistic Management to operate their ranch regenerating the natural resources and allowing wildlife to flourish. They have made huge strides in improving the soil health of their cropland and native rangeland while improving the bottom line and quality of life for their family.

They operate Rolling Plains Adventures, a full service, hunting operation and Black Leg Events, an Agri-Tourism operation on the ranch. These ventures have allowed them to spread a positive message about agriculture to thousands of consumers, including people from all 50 states and 40 foreign countries.

The ranch is a living classroom for many soil health and grazing tours as well asUniversity students and others wanting to learn from across the globe. Jerry is currently Vice chairman of the N.D. Grazing lands Coalition and a mentor. He is also Governor appointed and Vice Chairman of the N.D. Natural Resources Trust board. Jerry is past chairman of the N.D. Ag Coalition, past chairman of the N.D. Beef Commission, past chairman of the N.D. State Board of Ag Research and education, past chairman of Rural Leadership N.D., and a past board member of the N.D. Stockmen’s Ass. and the National Livestock and Meat Board. He has been a 4-H leader for four decades.

He has been awarded the Burleigh County Soil Health Award, the N.D. NRCS Award, the N.D. Inaugural Leopold Award, and the National Environmental Stewardship Award. Jerry has also been awarded as one of the top 100 fresh prospectives in the nation by Farm Credit Services, The Harvest Bowl Agri- Business Award by N.D.S.U., The RLND Leadership Award, and was awarded the National Outstanding Young Farmer Award. He has been very active in Ag groups and has lobbied both on a state and national level as a strong

David JohnsonDavid Johnson

David is a molecular biologist conducting research for the Institute for Sustainable Agricultural Research at New Mexico State University. He also facilitates pilot project development and student research in fields ranging from: biogas generation, regional mine closures, advance oxidation processes for super-fund sites, water desalination processes of reverse-osmosis and electro-dialysis reversal and bio-fuel and algae production. 

David works with local growers, Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories, Texas A&M, Arizona State University, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Thornburg Foundation exploring paths to improve food security, reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations, and increase farm and rangeland productivity through the development of beneficial soil microbial communities.

David's research, in soil microbial community structure and function, has opened a window for viewing the interdependence between plants and soil microbes. Optimization of these plant-microbe associations promotes: restoration of soil fertility, improved growth of crops, increased plant water use efficiencies, soil carbon storage capabilities, and soil microbial carbon-use efficiencies. These benefits provide a path to significantly reduce greenhouse gases while promoting market development of a new and profitable agricultural commodity (soil carbon) for growers within a sustainable and regenerative agricultural system.

Willie DurhamWillie Durham

Willie earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Entomology and a Master of Agriculture Degree in Agricultural Chemistry from Texas A & M University.  After college, Willie continued his agriculture career as a Field Sales Representative for Helena Chemical Company and Terra International, Inc. in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, becoming a Certified Crop Adviser in 1992. In 1995, Willie began work as Regional Agronomist for Novartis Seeds (Syngenta) in the States of Texas, Oklahoma and the Mexican State of Tamaulipas.  Willie has been working with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for about 18 years, first joining in 2002 as a Conservation Agronomist, 2006 as Resource Team Leader and 2008 as State Conservation Agronomist. Currently, Willie works as the USDA NRCS Soil Health Division’s Regional Soil Health Specialist, providing training, guidance, and technical resources to USDA-NRCS employees, customers and partners, to improve the health and function of our nation’s living and life-giving soil.   




Mixed Crops

A Quarter Century of Education

CCTA’s goal it so disseminate both local and national information on variables affecting optimum production such as: conservation tillage, water conservation, energy conservation, residue management, fertility, erosion control and maximum economic yield. As such, CCTA has spent a quarter of a century providing education to its members in all these areas.

You are invited to join us February 2-3, 2021 for the next CCTA Conference and help us us continue our education goal.