The State Land Office and the NM Healthy Soil Working Group proudly present a collaborative fall webinar series for the benefit of New Mexico’s farmers and ranchers and advancement of healthy soil principles on working lands.

Greater Profitability through Soil Health

Tuesday November 10th – 1:00-2:00pm
Webinar with Gregg Simonds, Open Range Consulting

Gregg Simonds has consulted and/or managed ranches in the Western United States since 1974. For nearly two decades he worked with Deseret Land and Livestock (UT, WY, and MT) which has been called “a model for self-sufficiency that excels at protecting land and wildlife.”

Gregg developed cutting edge land monitoring methods using remote sensing technologies to meet real management needs identified from forty years of practical experience. These technologies provide a statistically valid and economically feasible means to assess rangeland and riparian habitats. He is perhaps best know for his work with Nevada ranchers and government agencies to find common solutions toward healthy sage lands and economically viable cattle operations.


Groundwater, Soils & Management: Complexities and Connections

Tuesday October 13th – 1:00-2:00pm
Webinar with Dr. Kate Zeigler, Zeigler Geologic Consulting & Emily Cornell, Sol Ranch.

During this webinar our speakers will touch on the intricacies of the hydrologic cycle, provide a short overview of groundwater resource management, and how the soil interface is a key part of water movement. We will also discuss ideas for basic monitoring of both soil and groundwater health.

Dr. Kate Zeigler is owner and senior geologist at Zeigler Geologic Consulting, LLC, a small woman-owned business located in Albuquerque. Born in Montana and raised in Texas, she came to New Mexico in 1999 to continue her studies of geology. She earned her Bachelors from Rice University and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. Once finished with school, Kate went on to become a consulting geologist and found her calling in using her skillset to provide information about groundwater resources to agricultural producers and rural communities. In addition, she serves on the executive boards of the New Mexico Water Dialogue, El Llano Estacado RC&D Council, the New Mexico Geological Society Foundation, and the New Mexico Chapter of the American Institute of Professional Geologists.

Young rancher Emily Cornell is the owner of Sol Ranch, a cow-calf/grass-fed beef operation in the short grass country of northeastern New Mexico outside of Wagon Mound. Emily leases part of the family ranch she grew up on in addition to helping her father with his operation as well. Emily has a B.S. in Environmental and Organismic Biology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. She serves on the board of the Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance and is a new mentor with the Quivira Coalition’s New Agrarian Program. Sol Ranch strives to manage for biologically diverse ecosystems with healthy soil through continuously improving grazing management, infrastructure development, monitoring, and collaborations with scientists and neighbors.


Sign up here for this webinar series!

  • When: Tuesday October 13 & November 10, 1:00 - 2:00 pm MT
  • Where: Online via Zoom
  • Cost: Free