Minnesota GLCA videoconference set
The Minnesota Grazing Lands Conservation Association (GLCA) will host a videoconference, “Keep it Growing, Keep it Green: Soil Health and Water Protection Are the Answers,” on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Those interested in attending can go to any of the nine Minnesota locations where the videoconference is scheduled to be broadcast:
- Morris: West Central Research & Outreach Center, 600 E. 4th St.;
- Pine City: Pine County Courthouse, 635 Northridge Drive;
- St. Paul: U of M-St. Paul Campus, Alderman Room 415, 1970 Farwell Ave. SE;
- Lamberton: Southwest Research & Outreach Center, 23669 130th St.;
- Crookston: U of M-Crookston, Dowell Hall 101, 2900 University Ave.;
- Staples: Central Lakes College, Room A 114, 1830 Airport Road;
- Rochester: Winona State University-Rochester Campus, University Center Rochester, Rooms AT102 and CF 103;
- Austin: Riverland Community College-Austin Campus, Room C108, 1900 8th Ave. NW;
- Winona: Winona State University, Room - Maxwell 257, 175 W. Mark St.
Agenda and topics to be covered will include:
- Opening Addresses on why NRCS and DNR encourage grazing – Don Baloun, NRCS State Conservationist and Dave Schad, DNR Deputy Commissioner.
- “Capturing Every Raindrop” – Gene Goven, Turtle Lake, ND. Water is the most limiting natural resource factor on Goven’s farm, and he focuses on the water cycle by using deeprooted warm- and cool-season grasses and forbs, keeping plant residues in contact with the soil, and eliminating bare ground. He incorporates cover crops and grazing into cropland management and strives to always have a growing crop to feed the microbes as well as the livestock.
- Keynote: “Keep it Growing, Keep it Green: Soil Health and Water Protection are the Answers:” New research on managing soil biota, Dr. Kristine Nichols, USDA-ARS, Mandan, N.D.
- Using Livestock to Enhance Prairie: Opportunities to graze public & private conservation lands. Monitoring to see the results of grazing – Carmelita Nelson and Greg Hoch, DNR.
- Producer Panel and Discussion: Strategies MN farmers are using to improve soil health to improve pastures for cattle and sheep and increase farm income. Also planned is a discussion on options for increasing soil health and profitability for your farm or ranch. Farmers on the panel include Janet McNally, Grant Nelson, Lowell Schafer and Kent Solberg.