Farmer-Led Council Events:
The Farmer-Led Council typically holds four meetings a year in January, March, July,and September. If you would like to be added the mailing list for these meetings, please contact us at (952) 447-4166.
Monday, July 17th
Farmer-Led Council Meeting
Spring Lake Town Hall
Lunch will be served.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-447-9808.
Upcoming Agricultural Events:
The following is a compilation of workshops, seminars, conferences and other events related to agriculture, the environment and water quality which might be of interest.
Note: Any farmers interested in attending an event, conference or workshop which has an a registration fee may be able to be reimbursed by the District. You must own land in the PLSL watershed district boundaries and the event must be related to water quality (or issues that affect water quality, such as soil health). Please contact Maggie (952-447-9808 or email@example.com) at the watershed to determine if an event is eligible for reimbursement; events not on this list may still be eligible. However, this list is merely suggestions not all events on this list may be eligible.
Soil Builders’ Field Day. July 26, 2017
10 am-noon. 18622 Dixie Drive, Rollingstone, MN
The Land Stewardship Project will host a Soil Builders’ field day at the Rory, Richard and Sharon Beyer Farm, southwest of Rollingstone, Minn. Fifth generation farmer Rory Beyer and his family milk cows and raise beef, crops, hay and pasture. Focused on soil health, Rory tests and monitors soil carbon levels, breaks weed cycles with cover crops, plants a cover crop cocktail to extend the grazing season and adapts the crop rotation for soil building. There will be brats for lunch. Please RSVP by Monday, July 24. To RSVP, call LSP’s Shona Snater at 507-523-3366 or e-mail her.
There will be presenters with information for both conventional and organic farmers:
- Justin Morris, USDA-NRCS Soil Health Specialist for Minnesota and Wisconsin: “Realizing the full potential of improved soil health.”
- Jerry Scheppele, Full Circle, Garnavillo, Iowa: “The Carbon-Soil Health Connection—Testing for carbon and how to build carbon in the most effective way for increased soil fertility & yield.”
- Field tour of organic soybeans following winter rye: Hands-on, soil health check-in: water infiltration, soil structure and water holding capacity.
“Dirt Rich” Soil Health & Livestock Workshop. August 8 & 9, 2017 (Fairbault, MN) or August 10 & 11 (Blue Earth, MN)
9 am-4 pm. Rice County Fairgrounds, 1900 Fairgrounds Dr (4-H Building) Fairbault, MN
9 am-4 pm. Faribault County Ag Center, 415 S Grove St, Blue Earth, MN
The Sustainable Farming Association is hosting a pair of two-day events featuring Dr. Allen Williams, “Dirt Rich: Building Soil Health Experts.” Spend time with soil health experts digging deeper into soil health opportunities, challenges, and monitoring. Dr. Williams has thrice been a featured speaker at SFA’s Midwest Soil Health Summit. He is a champion of the grass-fed beef industry as well as a leader in cutting-edge grazing methodology. Lunch is included in the cost of registration. More information about the workshop here. Contact Wayne Monsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.844.922.5573 Ext. 712.
Soil Health & Cover Crops Field Day. August 9, 2017
8:30 am-4 pm. Blooming Prairie & Austin, MN
The Land Stewardship Project’s Soils Builders’ Network is co-sponsoring this field day on soil health and cover crops, which will be held on farms in the Blooming Prairie and Austin areas. To reserve a spot or for more information, contact LSP’s Shona Snater at 507-523-3366 or via e-mail. For more on the Soil Builders’ Network, click here.
Building Soil & Extending the Grazing Season. September 16, 2017
Dry Creek Red Angus and Belle Creek Cattle in Goodhue, Minn., will host this Land Stewardship Project Soil Builders’ Network field day. For more information, e-mail LSP’s Shona Snater or call her at 507-523-3366. More information here.
Conservation Tillage Conference. December 5-6, 2017
Conserve soil, time and fuel with conservation tillage. This conference will send you home with hands-on, how-to information in nearly every aspect of conservation tillage. Speakers include experienced growers, agronomists, academic experts and production economists. The program is packed with valuable information you won’t want to miss. So make this year’s Conservation Tillage Conference a must attend session. More information on the conference here.
Midwest Soil Health Summit. February 14-15, 2018
Bigwood Event Center, Fergus Falls, MN
The two day soil health summit provides an opportunity to learn more about soil health. Hosted by the Sustainable Farming Association (SFA). More information about the event is available here.
The Discovery Farms programs of Wisconsin and Minnesota have launched an online farmer-only discussion forum. The WaterWay Network is a password-protected, online platform exclusively for farmers, crop consultants, and hand-picked experts. It will discuss cover crops, nutrient management, soil health, and water quality. Farmers and crop consultants will provide the applied knowledge and experience, while Discovery Farms and University experts will bring science to the discussion. If you are a farmer or crop consultant, register for an account today and get your questions answered at www.waterwaynetwork.org. There is no fee to participate.