By John Mesko
At the 2015 Midwest Soil Health Summit, our speakers had discussion tables during the breaks, where participants could sit down in a group and visit one on one with each other and with our speakers. Our keynote speaker, Gabe Brown, hosted a very popular discussion table, and we were able to record most of the discussion with everyone at the table.
Gabe fielded a number of questions ranging from practical cover crop issues, to building soil health without livestock, dealing with neighbors, getting started in farming, seed companies, watering cattle in winter.
This is the kind of farmer networking SFA is promoting. As you’ll hear on this recording, farmers asking questions, feeding off of each other’s questions, and farmers asking each other questions.
You can listen to the recording at SFA’s Farm Solutions Podcast Page. Check it out, and if you have questions you’d like to see addressed on the Farm Solutions Podcast, send them to questions@farmsolutions.
Also at the Summit, we held our first ever International Roundtable. About 20 people attended. The importance of this event is in looking at how we can take the soil health building production models developed here in the Midwest and find ways to adapt them for broad application world-wide. Notes from the International Roundtable are available online.
This really is the power of a network. Speakers like Gabe tell us our approach is unique and beneficial. The Midwest Soil Health Summit is a great example.