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.
Led by SFA Livestock and Grazing Coordinator Kent Solberg and Special Projects 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.
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
Free Beginning Grazier Handbook
SFA compiled our Beginning Grazier Handbook as part of the Keep Cattle in Minnesota Project, with support from the Minnesota Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Pasture Project. Click here to download.
SFA’s Five Principles of Soil Health
Want a quick-and-easy list of the recipe for soil health? Click here.
Click here to view details from past events, including photos and video highlights.
Another Keep Cattle in Minnesota webinar is slated for Nov. 6 with Dr. Allen Williams; keep watching this page for details about all upcoming KCIM webinars and programming.
Our most recent Keep Cattle in Minnesota webinar was April 3, 2015, and featured Dr. Shannon Osbourne of ARS in Brookings, S.D. Click here to view this and past KCIM webinars in our Webinar Archive.
SFA’s Keep Cattle in Minnesota webinars are sponsored by The Pasture Project.
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, which is set for Feb. 17-18, 2016.
- Download a whitepaper, “Integrated Crop Livestock Systems in the U.S. Corn Belt”, by R. Marc Sulk & Benjamin F. Tracy of Ohio State University.
- From NRCS, this video, “The Science of Soil Health: Without Carrot or Stick” is a short interview with Penn State researcher Dr. Sjoerd Duiker that details how dairy farmers in his state are using cover crops to improve their business – without regulations or subsidies. Watch it here.
- For more information about SFA’s Networking Group, the Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council, click here or email gro.n1448494767m-afs1448494767@licn1448494767uoceg1448494767arof1448494767.
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.