New SFA East Central Chapter Hosting First Meeting

A new SFA chapter is forming in the East Central part of the state, and all are invited to the first official chapter meeting, set for 6 p.m. March 29 at Kimberly-Glen Town Hall in Aitkin.

Admission to this event is free and no registration is required.

The purpose of this meeting is to elect a Chapter Board of Directors and discuss the direction and goals of this new Chapter. Here are the particulars about the event:

  • Date: March 29, 2015
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Location: Kimberly-Glen Town Hall 32631 Dam Lake St, Aitkin, MN 56431
  • Cost: Free

For more information, contact Jerry Ford at gro.n1427689338m-afs1427689338@yrre1427689338j1427689338.

SFA Soil Health Webinar a Success; Next is April 3

KCIM Keep Cattle in MinnesotaNearly 75 folks registered for our free Keep Cattle in Minnesota webinar, “Strategies for Implementing Cover Crops,” led by Livestock & Grazing Specialist Kent Solberg on March 6.

The webinar is archived on our Keep Cattle in Minnesota homepage.

As Kent discussed in the webinar, cover crops are a powerful tool farmers can use to improve soil health. Specifically, cover crops aid in keeping soil covered, add diversity to the rotation, keep a living root in the soil, and serve as the “bridge” between cropping systems and integration of livestock.

Kent reviewed the principles of building soil health and integration of cover crops, and he discussed real-world examples of how adding cover crops to your farm can move you toward productivity and profitability.

This webinar is the second in a series of KCIM webinars SFA has planned. Others are slated forApril 3 and Nov. 6; keep watching SFA Connect for details about all upcoming KCIM webinars and programming.

For more information, visit our Keep Cattle in Minnesota homepage.

These webinars are made possible thanks to The Pasture Project. 

Spots Remain for Deep Roots ‘Nuts and Bolts’ Workshop

Deep Roots“Nuts and Bolts,” a workshop designed for those with a desire to farm but with little or no experience with common farm tools and equipment, is set for 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat., March 21 at Paradox Farm, 11643 State Hwy 78, Ashby, Minn. In this workshop, students will gain practical experience with farm tools and materials.

Click here to register.

Get prepared for the upcoming season of food production by participating in this Deep Roots Farmer Development Program workshop. You will increase your handiness while developing competence with farm tools and materials. Get the edge for summer farm internships by listing this course on your resume! This is also an appropriate preparatory course for Farm Skills 101.

Small class size guarantees that all students receive ample individual attention. Course instructors are seasoned farmers. Students should have gloves and safety glasses and wear closed-toe shoes and long pants.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Common hand tool identification and use on the farm
  • Hands-on operation of common tools
  • Ergonomics and body mechanics
  • Common hardware identification & use: nails, nuts, bolts, staples, screws
  • Building materials, such as lumber
  • Small carpentry project completed during class

Directions: Paradox Farm is 7 miles north of Ashby; 10 miles south of Battle Lake. Bring a sack lunch. Cost: $99. No walk-in registration.

Questions? Email gro.n1427689338m-afs1427689338@eus1427689338 or call 218.747.2202.

2016 SFA Conference Dates Announced; AC Voting Site Live

SFA_AC_It’s never too early to mark your calendars, so get ready.

The 2016 SFA Annual Conference will be Feb. 13, 2016. We are already compiling session topic ideas and need your help – please vote in the widget on the AC homepage. Was there a session you missed this year and want to see in 2016? Have a unique idea for a topic that has been on your mind? Enter it here! Then vote often so we can create a conference schedule around the needs of our network.

Also, we are happy to announce the third annual Midwest Soil Health Summit will return Feb. 17-18, 2016, to Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria, Minn.

MSHS_2colorWe are looking forward to compiling a slate of leaders and expert farmers who are dedicated to improving the health of the soil on your farm.

This year’s MSHS included expanded programming like Soil Health Basics I and II, an International Roundtable, and more, and we expect the expanded programming schedule to return in 2016. Keep watching SFA Connect and our SFA News blog for announcements.

Also, check out photos from both 2015 conferences on our Facebook page. 

Implementing Cover Crops – First Steps

Are you interested in developing a plan for implementing cover crops on your farm? Today our show is about Cover Crops and an Upcoming opportunity to learn more about implementing them on your own farm.

On the heels of the very popular Midwest Soil Health Summit a couple of weeks ago, we’ve had lots of questions about next steps. In true SFA fashion, we highlight a farmer with solutions for exactly how to do this.

SFAs Soil Health Principles are as follows:

Keep the soil covered.
Minimize soil disturbance.
Increase crop diversity.
Keep living roots in the soil.
Integrate livestock.

Cover crops are a powerful tool farmers can use to improve soil health. Cover crops can play a key role in implementing soil health principles. Specifically, cover crops aid in keeping soil covered, adding diversity to the rotation, keep a living root in the soil, and serve as the “bridge” between cropping systems and integration of livestock.

“Strategies for Implementing Cover Crops,” a SFA Keep Cattle in Minnesota webinar led by Livestock & Grazing Specialist Kent Solberg, is scheduled for 1-2:30 p.m. March 6. The webinar is free and open to all.

In the webinar, Kent will review the principles of building soil health, integration of cover crops and real world examples of how adding cover crops to your farm can move you toward productivity and profitability. This is in support of SFAs Principles of Soil Health concepts.

Sign up is easy. Once you register, you’ll be sent a weblink that you can click on to join the webinar on Friday March 6 at 1 PM in the afternoon.

We want this to be a great experience for you. If this is the first or one of the first webinars you’ve participated in, I suggest you test your internet connection.

This webinar is the second in a series of KCIM webinars SFA has planned. Others are slated for April 3 and Nov. 6; keep watching SFA Connect and our homepage for details about all upcoming KCIM webinars and programming.