Allen Williams is a 6th generation family farmer and founding partner of Understanding Ag, LLC, Grass Fed Insights, LLC, and a partner in Joyce Farms, Inc. He has consulted with more than 4,200 farmers and ranchers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South America on operations ranging from a few acres to over 1 million acres. Allen pioneered many of the early adaptive grazing protocols and forage finishing techniques and has spent the last fifteen years refining those. He is a "recovering academic," having served fifteen years on the faculty at Louisiana Tech University and Mississippi State University. He holds a BS and MS in Animal Science from Clemson University and a Ph.D. in Livestock Genetics from LSU. He has authored more than 400 scientific and popular press articles, and is an invited speaker at regional, national, and international conferences and symposia. His major areas of research and business focus include soil health, cover crop/livestock integration, adaptive forage and grazing management, high attribute pasture-based meat production, and alternative marketing systems.
Allen and his colleagues specialize in whole farm and ranch planning based on the concept of regenerative agriculture. Their approach creates significant "value add" and prepares the landowner for multiple enterprise/revenue stream opportunities that stack enterprises and acres. This approach allows for enhanced profitability and/or investment value. They routinely conduct workshops and seminars across North America.
Allen is featured in the Carbon Nation films: Soil Carbon Cowboys, Soil Carbon Curious, and Givers & Takers. He has also been featured on the Dr. Oz Show and on ABC Food Forecast. He recently released book, Before You Have A Cow, co-authored with Teddy Gentry. He is a regular contributor to Graze and has written articles for the Organic Broadcaster, Stockman GrassFarmer, and many other publications. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Grassfed Exchange and the Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network, core team member of The Pasture Project, and co-investigator for Team SoilCarbon. He also serves as an officer in the Starkville Civitan Club and is active in his local church.