SFA’s Midwest Soil Health Summit will return Feb. 18-19, 2015
Note: Mark your calendars for the 2015 Midwest Soil Health Summit, again featuring soil health legend Gabe Brown, on Feb. 18-19, 2015, at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria, Minn.
The following is a recap of the 2014 Summit, held Feb. 19-20, 2014, at Arrowwood. For a photo gallery, scroll to the bottom of the page.
Soil health is a red-hot topic for farmers, and SFA’s sold-out 2014 Midwest Soil Health Summit was brimming with excitement, knowledge, energy, and farmer networking.
Farmers came from Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Iowa, Saskatchewan, and even Australia to hear soil health pioneers Gabe Brown (above) and Richard Bieber (right) as well as soil research expert Wendy Taheri, SFA’s own expert Kent Solberg, Burleigh County’s Jay Fuhrer, and Ryan Stockwell of the National Wildlife Federation, as well as local producers Carmen Fernholz, Larry Heitkamp and Dan Middendorf.
The Summit kicked off Feb. 19 with the sold-out “Gab with Gabe” reception, where ten ticket-holders were treated to an intimate audience with Gabe Brown as well as SFA’s John Mesko and some fine cheese from SFA member Deb Pikovsky’s Star Thrower Farm.
The general sessions of the Summit began that evening with dinner and a casual conversation with John and Gabe. Rick Bieber was there, too, joining the conversation, and already it was evident that unique perspectives and cutting-edge soil health techniques were in abundance.
On snowy, icy Feb. 20, the Summit’s full day, a capacity-busting crowd of 140 jammed Arrowwood Resort, and it was pretty cool the way Gabe, Richard, and the rest of the Summit slate were so willing to share their knowledge and experience – even offering their personal contact information to Summit-goers for future questions and advice.
Especially inspiring was the session Kent Solberg led on cover cropping. Gabe, Richard and Wendy were in the audience, as well as producer panel member Carmen Fernholz, and each jumped in to Kent’s presentation when relevant to offer advice and perspective. It was a session jam-packed with knowledge that no one in attendance will ever forget.
Keep watching this page and SFA Connect for more details about the 2015 Midwest Soil Health Summit, set for Feb. 18-19, 2015, at Arrowwood.
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.