By Jason Walker • SFA Communications Coordinator
As SFA continues to mature and grow, we are learning that projects focusing on soil health are right in our wheelhouse. Soil health is at the crux of sustainable agriculture, it’s the focus of our new Midwest Soil Health Summit and our GrazeFest series of events, and we have an extensive network of farmers who practice and are interested in practicing soil health principles like cover cropping and livestock integration.
But livestock producers, particularly cattle, are dwindling in Minnesota due to retirement, an unpredictable market, or a myriad of other factors.
A new project, Keep Cattle in Minnesota, will build on SFA’s foundation to grow and sustain the beef and dairy industries in Minnesota while protecting our vast environmental resources. A joint project of SFA and the Minnesota NRCS and led by SFA Livestock and Grazing Coordinator Kent Solberg, Keep Cattle in Minnesota is targeted toward four main audiences:
- Brand-new Farmers
- Experienced farmers who are looking to add or adjust a business enterprise
- Retiring dairy producers
- Farmers seeking to re-integrate livestock into their row crop operations for the purpose of building soil health
On-farm education and networking events throughout Minnesota that feature SFA and NRCS experts will be the hallmark activities of Keep Cattle in Minnesota, as well as consumer-related events intended to increase the demand for grass-fed beef.
As more details develop regarding the Keep Cattle in Minnesota project, we’ll let you know right here in SFA Connect and at our KCIM homepage.