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Dr. Jason Rowntree

Dr. Jason Rowntree is an associate professor in the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University.

Two massive hurricanes devastated Louisiana agriculture in 2005. While helping farmers recover from the twin disasters, Dr. Rowntree then realized his life’s work would be developing systems to increase the resilience of food production worldwide.  As an associate professor of Animal Science, he coordinates Lake City and UPREC AgBioResearch and Extension Centers where he addresses economic, environmental and social complexity in agriculture. He has obtained more than $2 million in funding to study how grazing livestock can improve land and mitigate climate change by capturing carbon and providing other ecosystem services.  As an affiliate of the Center for Regional Food Systems, he strives to increase local food systems that strengthen local communities. He chairs the Grassfed Exchange, a leading U.S. grass-fed beef educational organization, is the scientific advisor and an accredited Holistic Management Educator for the Savory Institute and is an advisor of Standard Soil, a startup corporation that aims to meet the nation’s growing demand for grass-finished beef while restoring the ecosystems that support that industry. 

Dr. Rowntree received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, his MS from Mississippi State University, and his BS from Texas A&M University.

Global research interests

  • Livestock management and health
  • Ecosystem regeneration
  • Food and water security

Geographic focus

  • Africa

You can contact Dr. Rowntree at

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