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 email@example.com 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. Please contact Maggie (952-447-9808 or firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Cover Crops for Soil Health Workshop
This three-day professional development workshop was hosted by Northeast SARE and Delaware State University in March 2016 and is now available online. The workshop addressed the latest research on the benefits and successful management of cover crops in grain, vegetable and animal production systems. All session recordings are available on YouTube here, or individual sessions are available to browse here: http://www.sare.org/Events/Cover-Crop-Conferences/Cover-Crops-for-Soil-Health-Workshop
Winter Dairy Series: Grazing Alternatives. March 16, 2017
Noon – 2:30pm. Gaylord, MN.
Kent Solberg, Livestock & Grazing Specialist from Sustainable Farming Assoc of MN will discuss forage options for your dairy operation. Lunch and materials provided. Registration preferred but not required. To register, please contact Alison Rickeman, Coordinator MDI-SouthCentral Region Office (952-466-5322 or email@example.com) or Colleen Carlson, Extension Educator UM Extension- Scott & Carver Counties Office (952-466-5300 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Third Crop Meeting: Emerging Crops. March 20, 2017.
9:30 am- 3:00 pm. Fairmont, MN (Knights of Columbus Hall. 920 East 10th St.)
The 2017 Third Crop meeting is hosted by Rural Advantage. For more information or to receive a full brochure contact Linda Meschke (507-238-5449 or email@example.com).
New Uses Ag Innovation Forum. March 21-22, 2017.
The forum topics will include: Minnesota’s value-added agricultural industry perspective, the Ag-bio economy investments in food and agriculture innovation, university and industry R&D commercialization efforts, Minnesota’s value-added food and ag activities, Minnesota entrepreneurial success, global food and ag innovation happenings. You can register now at www.auri.org.
Soil Health Day: March 23, 2017
Ridgewater College. Willmar, MN
Presentation topics will include cover crops, livestock, tillage and a rainfall simulator. This event is hosted by the Ridgewater College Agri-Business Dept. and the Kandiyohi County NRCS office. Ridgewater has the largest two-year agri-business program in the state. At a past Soil Health Day, Charlie Cunningham talked about his farm’s success with more than two decades of no-till farming on more than 3,000 acres in Kandiyohi County. Registration begins at 8:30 am at the Ag Department (map here).
Shared Water, Shared Responsibility: Engaging Minnesota’s Communities, Students and Policy-Makers. March 23, 2017
5:15 pm- 8:00 pm. U of MN. Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota Water Resources Students In Action will host a community discussion with key Minnesota policy makers at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23 at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Co-sponsored by the University’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy and the University’s Water Resources Center, the event will address challenges facing clean water and explore how Minnesotans from all walks of life can play a role in promoting sustainable practices.
The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Due to timing and availability, speakers are subject to change. For event and live-streaming details, visit the event webpage.
Inspired by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s Year of Water Action, the event will include a reception and poster session on water research, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with policy experts from the Office of Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith and key state agencies including:
- Paul Allwood (Assistant Commissioner, MN Dept of Health)
- Rebecca Flood (Assistant Commissioner, MN Pollution Control Agency)
- Anna Henderson (Water Advisor, Office of Gov Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov Tina Smith)
- John Jaschke (Executive Director, MN Board of Water and Soil Resources)
- Whitney Place (Director of Government Affairs, MN Dept of Ag)
- Luke Skinner (Director, Divisionof Ecological and Water Resources, MN DNR)
Beginning & Retiring Farmer Networking. March 25, 2017
10 am- 2 pm. Peace United Methodist Church. 52497 275th Ave, Elgin, MN
Are you a retiring farmer considering a next-generation farmer? Are you a beginning farmer looking for land and interested in considering working with a retiring farmer? During this Land Stewardship Project workshop, come and learn about the important aspects of working inter-generational and crating a plan that works for both generations. Hear from resource people who have experiences that will help guide the process. During lunch there will be opportunities to network with other farmers. The cost is $10 per person; $5 for additional family members. Please RSVP to Karen Stettler (507-523-3366 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Organic Farming 101: Organic Pest and Weed Management. March 27, 2017
6 pm- 8 pm. 400 Ford Hall University of MN. 224 Church Street SE. Minneapolis, MN
Topics covered aim to get you ready for the 2017 farming season. Good for farmer tune-ups, beginning farmers or anyone interested in how organic farming works.
Cover Crop and Soil Health Seminar. March 30, 2017
9:30 am- 3:30 pm. Knights of Columbus Hall. 411 4th Ave. SW, New Prague, MN
FREE Cover Crop and Soil Health seminar organized by the Scott, Carver, Rice & Le Sueur SWCDs and the Scott County Watershed Management Organization. Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is requested. Speakers and topics include:
- Jerry Ackermann, Lakefield, MN Producer. An 18 Year Journey from Conventional Tillage to No-Till/Strip-Till to Cover Crops
- Sarah Carlson, Practical Farmers of Iowa. Don’t Farm Naked: Facts and Research on Cover Crops
- Dan Smith, UW-Madison. Cover Crop and Herbicide Interaction
- Gene Kuntz, Crop Consultant. Interseeding Cover Crops into Corn V4 to V7
- Keith Hartmann, Sibley County Area Producer. My Interseeder Build & Interseeding Cover Crops into Corn: On Farm Trials
- T.J. Karts, Saddle Butte Seed. Successes and Setbacks of Cover Crops in Southern MN
- Farmer-Led Panel
National Pesticide Forum. April 28-29, 2017
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of MN. 301 19th Ave S #307, Minneapolis, MN
This years’ forum, Healthy Hives, Healthy Lives, Healthy Land: Ecological and Organic Strategies for Regeneration, will focus on the adoption of policies to protect human health and the environment as well as organic land and building management strategies. The forum will provide an opportunity for grassroots advocates, scientists and policy makers to share efforts in building local, state and national strategies for strength and growth. Register for their forum here. Schedule of the program and list of speakers here.
Soil Health Workshop. May 13, 2017
10 am- 2 pm. Garden Farme. 7367 175th Ave NW, Ramsey, MN
Renewing the Countryside is looking for specialty crop growers in MN who could benefit form some peer learning opportunities. This mini workshop is one in a series designed to help farmers troubleshoot and increase profitability for the upcoming growing season. A few hours of follow-up assistance form the workshop hosts is also availability following the workshop from hosts Bruce Bacon and Christian Klatt. Register for the workshop by emailing Monica Walch (email@example.com).
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.
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.