Sustaining Minnesota’s Beef and Dairy Industries and Environment
A joint project of the MN NRCS and Sustainable Farming Association
The Mission of Keep Cattle in Minnesota is to sustain the beef and dairy industries in Minnesota while protecting our vast environmental resources.
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
Upcoming Keep Cattle in Minnesota Events
Led by SFA Livestock and Grazing Coordinator Kent Solberg and project coordinator Wayne Monsen, a key function of Keep Cattle in Minnesota will be on-farm events where expert producers will teach farmers – new and experienced alike – new ways to launch or enhance their cattle operations.
Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council Annual Meeting – a Keep Cattle in Minnesota Event
SFA is partnering with Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council (Leader Lions) to host a Keep Cattle In Minnesota Event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 11 at Central Lakes College in Staples. The event features Josh Dukart and Ken Miller, district technicians from Burleigh County (N.D.) Soil Conservation District, who will focus on soil health and profitability as related to cattle production – a perfect fit for the mission of Keep Cattle in Minnesota.
Check-in for the event begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $15, which includes lunch. Click here to register.
Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council (Leader Lions) is a group of graziers in the Leader area that works to promote soil health techniques. For more information about the Council, contact Jim Chamberlin, 218.831.0528, or email@example.com; or Mel Wiens, 218.894.2715, or firstname.lastname@example.org. To download an event flyer, click here.
Future workshops hewing to the Keep Cattle In Minnesota themes of outwintering, bale grazing and other innovative management techniques will be scheduled and announced here.
Keep an eye on this page and in SFA Connect (click here to subscribe) for Upcoming Keep Cattle in Minnesota events. Also, attend the Midwest Soil Health Summit, a full conference geared to improve the health of your soil, set for Feb. 19-20 in Alexandria. The Summit is led by soil health legend Gabe Brown; also appearing are Richard Bieber, Wendy Taheri, Jay Fuhrer, Kent Solberg and Ryan Stockwell.
Shifting the focus of agriculture from maximum yields to maximum soil health quality is critical to the sustainability of agriculture in Minnesota, the Upper Midwest, the United States and globally. SFA is committed to continued soil health programming, including programs addressing the integration of cover crops, row crops and livestock grazing. We will continue the pursuit of funding and programs that foster the development of soil health building practices for the long term.