Jill Ficke-Beaton is the newest member to the Hawaii GLCI Steering Committee. She and her family — husband Doug and sons Alex and Keoni — ranch above Paauilo on the Big Island. They manage a motley crew of sheep and beef cattle to control fireweed, guava, other weeds, and to maintain a healthy stand of kikuyugrass forage.
Jill is working on her Master’s degree in rangeland management from Colorado State University. She’s committed to educating Hawaii’s youth on grazing and agriculture topics.
Jill works as the Conservation Specialist with Mauna Kea Soil and Water Conservation District in Waimea. Jill’s unique approach to adaptive grazing management, her knowledge of Hawaii forages and grazing management strategies, and her desire to keep learning more and trying more make her a perfect fit for the Hawaii GLCI Steering Committee.