Dr. Larry Butler is your host for
OUT ON THE LAND.
Larry believes farmers, ranchers, and other landowners want to hear about other landowners’ conservation successes from those that have done it.
“Over the years, I learned more from observing what landowners did on their lands than I did from any other source, Butler says. When I was a very young rangeland management specialist, a woman who ranched on a really rough piece of country along the Devil’s River in Val Verde County, Texas, asked me what my job was. I proceeded to give her the official job description lingo.”
She interrupted and said, “No, let me tell you what it is. Your job is to learn all our (ranchers) secrets and spread them all over the county without telling anyone whose secrets you are spreading. Go to the neighbor’s ranch
and find out what is working and then tell all the rancher’s what you saw that worked right here in this county but don’t tell us who is doing it. We are an independent lot and we don’t talk to each other about our private ranch management decisions, but we will tell you.”
Larry says, “Many thanks go out to that woman, Emogene Thompson, for helping me to learn how to communicate the conservation story with farmers and ranchers. She has passed on but told me to share any idea she ever had to help others. OUT ON THE LAND will follow that philosophy of letting those that manage the lands tell their ‘secrets’.”
Larry believes respect for private property rights is a cornerstone of our nation and our freedoms. He often speaks to the subject of landowners’ rights and responsibilities in making decisions to take care of their lands.
Dr. Butler’s land management and conservation experience began with his 32 years (1974-2007) with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (formerly the Soil Conservation Service). His career took him throughout the United States in a number of natural resource technical specialist positions including, State Conservationist for Texas, Director of National Grazing Land Technology Institute, Rangeland Management Specialist for 13 western states, Rangeland Enterprise Diversification Specialist, Area Conservationist in west Texas, Biologist in central and east Texas, District Conservationist, and Soil Conservationist in a few local field offices in Texas. Since retirement from USDA, he has been and continues to be a private land management and wildlife habitat management consultant.
His education began with a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife management at Texas Tech University and in 2007, Texas Tech University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources honored Dr. Butler as a Distinguished Alumni. He also earned a Master of Agriculture degree from Texas A&M University, and a PhD in Range Science from Utah State University.
If you are looking for a speaker/entertainer for your awards banquet, annual meeting, training conferences or other function, contact him at . He has extensive experience as a public speaker and entertainer. He works his original pioneer and western heritage poetry into his presentations along with personal experiences from OUT ON THE LAND throughout this great nation.
“The earth is the Lord’s, and all that is in it…” from Psalms 24:1