2016 MSHS Registration Now Open Below!
February 17-18, 2016
Arrowwood Resort, Alexandria, Minn.
The SFA Midwest Soil Health Summit features soil health experts and farm leaders for two days of education and farmer networking – all geared at improving the health of your soil.
Attendees may register below. Sponsors and Exhibitors, scroll down this page for registration information. For questions, call 1-844-9-CALL-SFA, Ext. 2.
The 2016 MSHS speaker slate includes:
- Jay Fuhrer, District Conservationist with the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) in Bismarck and a leader of the innovative soil health techniques happening in and around Burleigh County, N.D.
- Todd McPeak, a producer from Burleigh County, N.D., a world-renowned region of soil health-focused farmers.
- Dr. Allen Williams, a champion of the grass-fed beef industry as well as a leader in cutting edge grazing methodology.
- Dr. Wendy Taheri, a microbiologist who specializes in the study of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF).
- Dr. Shannon Osbourne, is a Research Agronomist who focuses on understanding how soil and crop management options influence the soil environment and how these practices can be developed into production systems.
- Kent Solberg, SFA Livestock & Grazing Specialist, will detail the Five Principles of Soil Health and how each is a separate yet vital piece of the soil health puzzle.
- John Mesko, SFA Executive Director, will present “Soil Health Basics,” an introductory class geared solely to first-timers.
- Grant Breitkreutz, a producer from Redwood Falls, Minn.
Early bird prices good until Nov. 1. After that rates are $150 for SFA members and $200 for nonmembers.
Sponsor/Exhibitor Registration Open
Sponsor/Exhibitor registration is OPEN for the 2016 Midwest Soil Health Summit, and this year you can complete your registration entirely online.
First, download the 2016 MSHS Exhibitor Application, fill it out, then email to Jerry Ford at gro.n1438272396m-afs1438272396@yrre1438272396j1438272396.
Otherwise, you may download the application and pay via check to SFA, Box 192, Princeton, MN 55371.
Questions? Email gro.n1438272396m-afs1438272396@yrre1438272396j1438272396 or call 1-844-9-CALL-SFA, Ext. 2.
Soil Health Information
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.
From Practical Farmers of Iowa, this article: “New research by a multi-state team of agronomists working with the Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC) suggests that up to 19 million acres of corn and soybean ground in the upper Mississippi River Basin has the potential to incorporate cover crops, which would decrease nitrogen entering the Gulf of Mexico by up to 400 million pounds.”
Past Midwest Soil Health Summit recaps
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.