FORT PAYNE, Ala. — Understanding Ag, LLC, (UA) announced a number of changes to its management team in response to the growing demand for the firm’s regenerative farming and ranching consulting services.
Scott Farquhar, a Montana regenerative rancher, entrepreneur and business owner, has been selected as the new chief executive officer, replacing Walter Lynn who will become the organization’s chief financial officer.
“Scott has broad experience starting and building businesses that have quickly and efficiently scaled up to meet client needs and market trends,” said Allen Williams, Ph.D., a UA founding partner.
Farquhar’s experience ranges from business consulting, nutritional products, private equity investing, to most recently, the apparel industry, according to Williams. “Scott has a passion for regenerative agriculture that started in his childhood growing up on a small family homestead and continues to this day and we believe he will be a catalyst in helping UA realize the full potential of its vision and mission,” he said.
The firm also announced Kathy Richburg and David Kleinschmidt have been named managing partners, and that Ray Archuleta, one of the firm’s founding partners, has stepped down, transitioning to the role of technical consultant and advisor for UA.
“Although a loss for our organization, Ray is looking forward to spending more time on his regenerative farm in Missouri, but will continue to speak, consult and advance the cause of regenerative ag through UA and the Soil Health Academy,” Williams said. “His vision helped establish both organizations and we wish him well in his ‘semi-retirement.’”
In addition to their respective managing partner roles, Richburg will continue with her duties as the director of operations and Kleinschmidt will continue as an on-farm consultant with the firm.
“The passion, dedication and work ethic Kathy and David have exhibited since UA’s inception made them ideal managing partner candidates,” Williams said. “Both personify the mission of UA and they work tirelessly to help farmers and ranchers become more profitable through the implementation of soil-health building regenerative agricultural practices.”
–Understanding Ag, LLC