Emily Lockard is the director and county agriculture specialist for Colorado State University Extension in Montezuma County. She received a B.S. in animal science at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA and a M.S. in range science from Utah State University, UT. She previously worked as an agriculture extension agent in Pueblo, Colorado and Bozeman, Montana and as a research associate at the Southwestern Colorado Research Center in Yellow Jacket, CO. She has taught animal science and agriculture business at Pueblo Community College – Southwest in Mancos, CO. She is the Vice President of the local Four Corner Chapter of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, on the board of the Colorado Section for the Society for Range Management, an advisory board member of the NIFA funded Smart Foodscapes research project led USU, a lead member of the Colorado Agriculture Drought Advisor Team and a technical advisor for the Colorado Department of Agriculture Soil Health STAR plus program. She is part of research teams examining dryland restoration (CSU, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and USGS); and the use of warm season cover crops for grazing as well as barriers for farmers converting to organic certification (New Mexico State University, Rodale Institute, farmer collaborators). She works across many sectors of agriculture (livestock and cropping systems) to creatively assist rural agricultural producers address management concerns and to access markets.
Her role on the state team is to represent southwestern Colorado and the community members of a rural area with two tribal nations.