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A Networking Group of the Sustainable Farming Association
Since 2000, CWRBFC has provided thousands of people with opportunity to learn, explore, and network through winter workshops and summer land and water tours. The group is open to all who wish to participate.
Winter Meeting is Jan. 24 in Staples
Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council is hosting its winter meeting, “Optimizing Forage and Nutrients in Livestock Production,” from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 24 at Central Lakes College, 1830 Airport Rd, Staples.
Speakers will be Troy Salzer and Abe Mach. Salzer is a University of Minnesota Extension educator in Carlton County, who with his family operates Sandy Hills Ranch near Barnum running 300 cows and custom graze an additional 150 head. Mach of Mach Angus Ranch in Sturgeon Lake runs 200 breeding-age cows. Their presentation will discuss herd management, cover crops for grazing, pasture management, soil health, and optimizing forage management.
Cost is $25/person and includes lunch. Click here to register.
Summer Tour 2016
The Forage Council hosted its summer tour July 14 at Ivan and Dayle Reinke’s Cloverleaf Grass Farm, 62619 285th St SW, Wadena.
Winter Workshop, Feb. 11, 2016 at Central Lakes College in Staples
This daylong workshop with keynote speaker Dr. Kris Ringwall, NDSU Extension, Dickinson, N.D., covered cattle management and findings from research done at the Dickinson Research station. The topics covered included: sire selection, cow size and efficiencies, how to make better use of EPDs, what season is best for your operation to be calving out cows, and an overview of the Dickinson Research Station and the ongoing research they are conducting.
Fall meeting – Oct. 29, 2015, Motley
The group recapped its summer “Land and Water Tour” and goals for future tours as well as its upcoming 2016 Winter Meeting. Meeting minutes are available here.
Summer meeting – July 16, 2015
This meeting reviewed the Summer Tour and captured what worked well and suggestions to improve future events.
Annual Land and Water Tour – June 23, 2015 at St. Mathias Community Park, southern Crow Wing County
This event focused on the topic of water quality, soil health, and forage management. Pasture walks offered participants a chance to see practices at work and to learn from landowners what has worked and what has not. Topics are often tied in with the Winter Workshop for an on-the-ground look.
Winter Workshop – Feb. 20, 2015, Staples
Our annual Winter Workshop addressed cover crops, managing grasslands, and herd health. Read about the event and our sponsors here.