SFA’s Midwest Soil Health Summit is THE place for advanced soil health training.
The 2017 Midwest Soil Health Summit will be Feb. 15-16, 2017, at Bigwood Event Center in Fergus Falls.
Cost is $150 for current SFA members and $200 for nonmembers.
Scholarships are available for ag professionals, agency employees, and crop consultants to attend the 2017 MSHS. Scholarship recipients will receive admission to the two-day event, one night’s hotel, and all meals during the event (approx. $400 value). Mileage will not be reimbursed.
Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received an SFA Soil Health scholarship. To apply for a scholarship, click here.
Sponsors and Exhibitors
Sponsor and Exhibitor registration for the 2017 Midwest Soil Health Summit is now open. Download the application form here, complete, email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pay your fees online here, or mail a check to SFA, 4924 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410.
Slate subject to change. Speakers will be added here as they are confirmed.
Dr. Allen Williams is a champion of the grass-fed beef industry as well as a leader in cutting edge grazing methodology. Dr. Williams is a sixth-generation family farmer and holds BS, MS degrees in Agriculture from Clemson University and a Ph.D. from Louisiana State. He spent 15 years in academia in research, teaching, and extension, and has written more than 300 peer-reviewed and popular press articles. In 2000, he left academia and founded LMC, LLC. Since that time, he has worked with more than 3,500 farmers and ranchers in the US, Canada, Mexico, and South America. Dr. Williams currently serves as Chairman of the Association of Family Farms, Co-Chair of the Grassfed Exchange, Co-Project Leader of the Pasture Project, Facilitator in the USDA BFRDP EET program, and lead investigator in soil microbial research as a replacement for chemical fertilizers. This will be his third MSHS appearance; he has also helped lead many SFA grazing and soil health field days over the past few years.
Kent Solberg, SFA Livestock & Grazing Specialist, and his wife, Linda, have a diversified pasture-based livestock farm near Verndale, Minn., where they raise dairy, pork, eggs and beef. Solberg, who is an expert on livestock fencing, cover crop selection, wintering livestock, and an array of other innovative profit-focused soil health topics, serves as Livestock and Grazing Specialist and Minnesota Dairy Initiative Coordinator through the Sustainable Farming Association. He is also an instructor for SFA’s Deep Roots Farmer Development program and co-founded the Midwest Soil Health Summit in 2014. Kent was recently featured in an instructional video series discussing fencing, livestock watering, and more produced by frequent SFA collaborator The Pasture Project.
Grant Breitkreutz is the Cow/Calf Chair at the MN State Cattlemen’s Association. Grant, Dawn and Karlie operate Stoney Creek Farm near Redwood Falls, Minn. The operation includes a commercial cow/calf cattle operation with intensive rotational grazing, custom cattle feeding, and no-till row cropping as well as the use of cover crops. The farm has been recognized for conservation efforts by receiving the NCBA 2016 Region III Environmental Stewardship Award, Beef Magazine’s Trailblazer Award for 2016, and the 2010 MN Outstanding Conservationist Award of the year for Southwest Area 5 by the Minnesota Soil & Water Conservation District. Grant & Dawn were also recognized as the 2015 Cattlemen of the Year by the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association.
Ryan Stockwell is the Senior Agriculture Program Manager for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). In that role, Ryan leads NWF work on cover crops and conducts outreach on Farm Bill conservation issues. The National Wildlife Federation is working with cover crop partners and stakeholders to address barriers to farmer adoption of cover crops, and NWF has taken a lead role in addressing crop insurance issues related to cover crop use. In his spare time, Ryan farms corn, soybeans, and winter wheat in central Wisconsin using no-till and cover crops. This marks Stockwell’s second time appearing at the Midwest Soil Health Summit; he spoke at the inaugural event in 2014.
Dr. Scott Wells, Assistant Professor, CFANS Agronomy/Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota, completed his Ph.D. at North Carolina State University researching weed suppression mechanisms of roller-crimped cover crops in organic corn and soybean systems. His current research program focuses on improving the yield and quality of forage production systems including alfalfa, warm and cool season grasses, and small grains, along with employing a systems approach to improving the both the economical and environmental sustainability of corn and soybean production in Minnesota.
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.