The 2013 Grazing Lands Conservation Association Videoconference, “Keep it Growing, Keep it Green: Soil Health and Water Protection Are the Answers,” is Thurs., Dec. 5, 2013, from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Lunch is included, but seating is limited. Register here by Dec. 3 to guarantee your seat.
Walk-ins are welcome, and walk-in payment is by check only. Pre-registered participants will have guaranteed seats; walk-ins may be standing room only.
Attend one of nine Minnesota locations (note St. Paul location moved to Inver Grove Heights):
- Morris: West Central Research & Outreach Center, 600 E 4th St, Morris
- Pine City: Pine County Courthouse, 635 Northridge Dr., Pine City
- Twin Cities: Inver Hills Community College, Science Building, 2500 E. 80th St, Inver Grove Heights
- Lamberton: Southwest Research & Outreach Center, 23669 130th St, Lamberton
- Crookston: U of M-Crookston, Dowell Hall 101, 2900 University Ave, Crookston
- Staples: Central Lakes College, Room A 114, 1830 Airport Rd, Staples
- Rochester: Winona State University-Rochester Campus, University Center Rochester, Rooms AT102 & CF 103, Rochester
- Austin: Riverland Community College-Austin Campus, Room C108, 1900 8th Ave NW, Austin
- Winona: Winona State University, Room – Maxwell 257, 175 W Mark St, Winona
Agenda and Topics Include:
Opening Addresses on why NRCS and DNR encourage grazing – Don Baloun, NRCS State Conservationist & Dave Schad, DNR Deputy Commissioner
“Capturing Every Raindrop” – Gene Goven, Turtle Lake, N.D. Water is the most limiting natural resource factor on Goven’s farm, and he focuses on the water cycle by using deep-rooted warm- and cool-season grasses and forbs, keeping plant residues in contact with the soil, and eliminating bare ground. He incorporates cover crops and grazing into cropland management and strives to always have a growing crop to feed the microbes as well as the livestock.
Keynote: “Keep it Growing, Keep it Green: Soil Health and Water Protection are the Answers:” New research on managing soil biota, Dr. Kristine Nichols, USDA-ARS (from Mandan, ND)
Using Livestock to Enhance Prairie: Opportunities to graze public and private conservation lands. Monitoring to see the results of grazing – Carmelita Nelson and Greg Hoch, DNR
Producer Panel and Discussion: Strategies MN farmers are using to improve soil health to improve pastures for cattle and sheep and increase farm income. Also planned is a discussion on options for increasing soil health and profitability for your farm or ranch. Farmers on the panel include Janet McNally, Grant Nelson, Lowell Schafer, and Kent Solberg.