ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) along with the Minnesota Grazing Lands Conservation Association (GLCA) present their third annual videoconference focusing on grazing and soil quality December 5, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Dr. Kristine Nichols from the Agricultural Research Service, Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory in Mandan, North Dakota is the featured speaker at this year’s event. Dr. Nichols will talk about her research in managing soil biota (all the organisms living within the soil) in her presentation entitled “Keep it Growing, Keep it Green: Soil Health and Water Protection are the Answers.”
Other speakers include North Dakota producer Gene Goven discussing how he’s improved soil health on his farm in his talk entitled, “Capturing Every Raindrop.” Also, a discussion about using cattle to enhance prairie on public lands will be led by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
This year’s videoconference highlights a panel of producers who will cover their strategies to improve soil health, pastures and increase farm income.
The videoconference will be presented at seven locations around the state. For a full listing of site details and to register, please visit https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/7232/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=68851
Cost to attend is $25 for GLCA members and $50 for non-members. There is also an option to receive a 1-year GLCA membership and registration to the videoconference for $45. Registration includes lunch and handout materials. Seating is limited at each site and preregistration is highly encouraged to ensure a seat at the conference.