Sustainable Agriculture Specialist
Northeast Regional Office
Livestock, Organic Livestock, Soil Health
Specific Areas of Expertise:
Grazing and pasture ecology
Lee Rinehart is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he studied animal science and agricultural education. He currently works as an agriculture specialist in the National Center for Appropriate Technology’s Northeast Regional Office, where he focuses on pasture and rangeland ecology and grazing systems. He has served as county Extension agent in Texas and Montana, organic farm educator in Pennsylvania, and cattle ranch manager in central Texas. His specialty is developing grazing plans and assisting producers in using animals to renovate pastureland. Lee is a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy Reserve and spends his free time biking, sailing, and renovating his 1925 Cape Cod house in Northeast Pennsylvania.
Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, Texas A&M University
Master of Education in Agricultural Education, Texas A&M University
Director of Education and Outreach, July 2011 to October 2015
PCO, Spring Mills, PA
Technical assistance in organic agriculture, including organic regulations, pasture, livestock, and crop management. Educational program planning and delivery, grantwriting, editing, technical writing, marketing, and strategic planning. PA NRCS State Technical Committee Organic Subcommittee Chair. Organic livestock farm inspections.
Northeast Regional Director, January 2007 to April 2011
National Center for Appropriate Technology, Shavertown, PA
Educational program development, technical writing, and project management. Regional office management and project administration. Plan and conduct technical assistance in agriculture to farmers, ranchers, and community groups. Author for USDA National Organic Program guidance publications in organic livestock and pasture management.
Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, June 2005 to December 2006
National Center for Appropriate Technology, Butte, MT
Educational program development and technical writing in livestock and pasture ecology.
County Extension Educator, January 2004 to June 2005
Montana State University Extension, Powell County, MT
Pasture, Rangeland, and Adaptive Grazing