Society for Range Management | 2019 Annual Meeting

Sustainable Farmers Association of Minnesota Workshop

Feb 13, 2019
9:00 am-3:45 pm

Sustainable Farmers Association of Minnesota Workshop

Sponsored by the Sustainable Farming Association

Integrating Managed Grazing for Soil Health

Water quality and its relationship to agriculture is a highly charged issue in the Midwest. Addressing soil health, or soil function, is at the root of water quality issues. Livestock integration via adaptive managed grazing is a key principle to improve soil health. Agronomic systems focused on soil health have demonstrated a positive impact to farm and ranch productivity and profitability. This workshop will explore livestock integration through adaptive managed grazing of complex annuals (“cover crops”) or perennials to build soil aggregate structure. A panel of Minnesota producers will share their experiences and observations. Adaptive grazing of polycultures creates tremendous opportunity in the current agricultural climate to build farm and ranch profitability while addressing soil loss, water quality and grassland species habitat.



9:00 Introduction and Welcome, Theresa Keaveny, SFA Executive Director
9:10 Soil Health Principles, Kent Solberg, SFA Livestock and Grazing Specialist
10:15 Break
10:30 Adaptive Grazing for Soil Health, Allen Williams, Ph.D, Soil Health Consultants
12:00 Lunch on your own
1:00 Producer Panel Moderated by Kent Solberg
2:30 Break
2:45 Grazing Dairies and Cover Crops, Brad Hines, Ph.D, University of Minnesota
3:45 End