Navajo Beef Program: Elevating Small Producers
July 11, 2022
Hosted by Vanessa Roer
Over the course of the last fifteen years, the Padre Mesa Demonstration Ranch has bloomed on the high desert of Northern Arizona under the leadership of Bill Inman and his dedicated team of Navajo rangeland managers that work on the ranch. Padre Mesa’s best practices for range management, herd health and access to markets is a source of pride to the Navajo families that were forcibly relocated as a result of the Navajo Hopi Land Settlement Act of 1974. If Bill is the head and leader of the ranch. Kimberly Yazzie is the face, heart and soul of NAB. Relocated as a small child, Yazzie was key to bringing community members to the table at chapter houses and then later joined forces with Labatt Company to market their beef. The two have elevated the local community, as well as that of other beef producers from Native American tribes in the southwest. Through education, cooperation and a shared vision, they have created a beef label that is recognized for being superior, consistent and highly sought after.
Desert Ranch Podcast
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The Desert Ranch Podcast connects those keeping us from being naked and hungry with the rest of the world. Listeners can enjoy wandering conversation that gives an inside look at the lives of those who live beyond the comforts of a 9-5 to care for land and livestock.
Vanessa Roer has strong agrarian roots that started in Western South Dakota. She studied agriculture and hold a degree in agriculture education from Iowa State University. Roer loves learning about the lives and struggles of farmers and ranchers and helping them tell their stories. She has visited farmers in Uzbekistan, the Slovak Republic, France and Greece. Vanessa is married to Jacob Roer, a third generation Arizona rancher. Together, with the help of their children, they raise livestock, in addition to owning two zoos; the R Lazy J Wildlife Ranch in Eagar, Arizona and Roer's Zoofari in Vienna, Virginia.