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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.

To register online, go to: For further information contact Wayne Monsen, Executive Director, MN GLCA, at 651-439-6641 or