Patch Burn Workshop Sept. 25-26 in Gary

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BROOKINGS – SDSU Extension, The Nature Conservancy, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and others will be hosting the 2013 Patch Burn-Grazing meeting in Gary, at the historic Buffalo Ridge Resort on Sept. 25-26.

This year’s workshop will include field trips to sites in the Lac Qui Parle River area of Minnesota and the Prairie Coteau area of South Dakota, as well as a full slate of speakers from across the Great Plains.

“I really want to encourage private range and pasture managers to attend this workshop. Regardless of whether a producer utilizes fire or not in his or her grazing system, there is much to be gained and we will have a bit of everything from grazing strategies, to water, to fences, to weed control,” said Pete Bauman, SDSU Extension Range Field Specialist.

Joe Blastick, area manager for The Nature Conservancy added, “We’ve been working for many years with strategies to help private producers improve the management on their native rangelands and CRP through the use of fire,” Blastick said. “More recently, the combination of fire and grazing has helped us retain livestock rates of gain while ensuring adequate cover and habitat for area wildlife.”

This year’s workshop will also include the opportunity for grassland managers and producers to network with other managers and producers who have worked with patch burn-grazing systems in the area.

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Contact Bauman at 605-882-5140 or Joe Blastick at 605-874-8517.