SFA Midwest Soil Health Summit
Welcome to the SFA Soil Health Portal
Soil Health Network Event Calendar
- Jan. 19, 2018 – Bringing Livestock Back workshop | 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 122 1st St NW, Glenwood | Cost is $25. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 320.492.2526.
- Feb. 1, 2018 – Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council Winter Meeting | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Central Lakes College, 26505 Co. Rd. 2, Staples | Cost is $15/single or $25/couple. | REGISTER
- Feb. 14-15, 2018 – Midwest Soil Health Summit | 1-8 p.m. Feb. 14; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 15 | $100 SFA members; $150 nonmembers | Learn more. | REGISTER
SFA has produced a document, “Soil Health and Main Street Vitality: A Paradigm Shift in the Making,” that is freely available as a resource. It contains information on how sustainable farming that emphasizes soil health has a direct impact on rural communities and businesses.
Smaller acreage producers have different needs and circumstances, but with the help of some accessible tools can incorporate the fundamentals of soil health into their farming activities.
New Cropland Grazing Exchange Site Links Crop, Livestock Producers
We already know that livestock integration is critical to achieving soil health. It’s one of the Five Principles of Soil Health and guides much of our programming at various SFA events and the Midwest Soil Health Summit.
But what if you’re a crop farmer working toward soil health but, for whatever reason, can’t add the livestock piece?
After working in cooperation with SFA, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has launched the Cropland Grazing Exchange, an interactive website that seeks to connect crop farmers and livestock farmers to improve soil health.
On the site, crop and/or livestock farmers register their location by township and provide basic information about their operation. An interactive map is then generated that shows available grazing sites and livestock herds; registered users may contact each other to initiate a conversation about grazing agreements.
The Cropland Grazing Exchange also includes information about writing a grazing lease, guidelines on herbicide restrictions, and other considerations for custom grazing.
For more information and to register your operation, visit www.mda.state.mn.us/cge or contact Kelly Anderson at 320.808.4424.
Dr. Allen Williams & Kent Solberg ‘Dirt Rich’ presentations
Dr. Allen Williams and Kent Solberg gave the following presentation at our 2017 “Dirt Rich: Building Soil Health Experts” events. Click the links to download PDF versions of the slides.
- Allen Williams: “Cattle, Cover Crops & Hope”
- Allen Williams: “Adaptive Grazing and Relationship to Soil Health”
- Kent Solberg: “The Power of Soil Health”
Soil Carbon Cowboys videos
View Allen Williams, Gabe Brown and other farmers in this great video series showcasing soil health and grazing innovators: Soil Carbon Cowboys.
SFA Soil Health Network Members: Put the power of our network to use for your event.
Our Soil Health Events Calendar encourages partnership and collaboration among agricultural support professionals to promote soil health training events.
Members of the Soil Health Network can add events directly to the calendar by simply filling out this form.
The calendar is viewable to all – however, only soil health network members can add items to the calendar. By using the calendar to promote your soil health events, SFA will handle event registration. When a person registers (directly from the calendar), the contact information will be recorded and you will receive a list of registrants just prior to your event. After the event, an evaluation will be sent to all attendees who registered online. SFA will send you a summary of the evaluations from your event.
For more information on how to host a successful field day, download this Farmer Field Day Toolkit from SARE.
SFA’s Soil Health Network consists of farmers, ag service professionals, experts, researchers, and others who work to promote soil health, cover crops and grazing. Wondering about SFA’s Soil Health Network? Want to be a member, or just seek more information? Contact Wayne Monsen, Special Projects Coordinator, at email@example.com or 1-844-922-5573 Ext. 712.