Dave Carter has spent nearly four decades connecting agricultural producers with customers
who value quality and integrity in food and farming.
Dave serves as Executive Director of the 1,100-member National Bison Association, where he
works to strengthen the production and marketing systems for North American buffalo.
Dave was a leader in the six-year campaign that resulted in bison being designated as the
National Mammal of the United States. He is now coordinating the effort to restore one million
bison to North America. He has a long history in sustainable and regenerative agriculture,
having served as the Chair of the USDA National Organic Standards Board from 2001-2003.
In 2014, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack appointed Dave to the USDA Agricultural Trade
Advisory Committee for Livestock and Livestock Products. In 2016, Colorado Governor John
Hickenlooper appointed Dave to serve on the Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council.
He holds a Master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University in Denver, and a
Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Northern Colorado.
Dave and his wife, Sue, are partners in a bison herd holistically managed on a 7,800-acre ranch
owned by the Savory Institute in eastern Colorado.