- Executive Director, Texas Grazing Land Coalition; member of the RWFM External Advisory Committee
- Undergraduate Education
- B.S. Range Science, Montana State University
- Graduate Education
- M.S. Range Science, Texas A&M University
Areas of Expertise
- Range management
- Livestock production
Jenny Pluhar of Canyon, Texas, is executive director for Texas Grazing Land Coalition and manages ranches in three Texas Panhandle counties, as well as Montana. Past research at the Texas Experimental Ranch near Throckmorton, Texas, focused on hydrological impacts of grazing systems, and she also co-authored a book, Texas Range Plants, with Stephan Hatch, Ph.D., published by Texas A&M Press. Pluhar is an established leader in the range science profession, serving as the Texas Section-Society for Range Management (SRM) president and president of the international Society for Range Management. She has been involved with Texas Section SRM Youth Range Workshop for more than thirty years and holds the distinction of being the only woman recognized by Texas Section SRM with the Outstanding Contribution to Range Management award. Her work with the Texas Grazing Land Coalition takes her throughout the state, working closely with eleven regional coalitions planning workshops, field days, and facilitating peer to peer learning opportunities. Facilitating creative educational experiences for ranchers and improving the rangelands under her care are two of her passions.
Pluhar and her husband, Darwin, a cattle marketing consultant, raised three children who also attended Texas A&M University: Dr. Joe Pluhar DVM, Captain Zane Pluhar and Logan Pluhar. Jenny and Darwin are both Montana natives lured to Texas A&M for graduate school and have loved Texas ever since. The Pluhar’s were active 4-H leaders for many years and recognized with the prestigious Leader Legacy Awards. They are actively involved in partnerships with cattlemen in several states. As an alumna of the Range Science Department, Jenny is honored and excited to be involved in the future of RWFM recognizing that rangelands are critical to the health and welfare of all Texas citizens.