‘Dirt Rich: Building Soil Health Experts’ events Aug. 16-17 in Minnesota

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The Sustainable Farming Association is hosting a two-day event featuring grazing authority Dr. Allen Williams, “Dirt Rich: Building Soil Health Experts,” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 16 in Redwood Falls and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 17 in Marshall.

Both days’ programming will feature soil health experts digging deeper into soil health opportunities, challenges, and monitoring, as well as a panel discussion, “Notes From the Field: What I’ve Learned Using Cover Crops,” moderated by Warren King of The Pasture Project.

The Aug. 16 program begins at the American Legion, 100 Industrial Dr., Redwood Falls, with a classroom portion followed by a trip to the award-winning Grant and Dawn Breitkreutz farm to view implementation of a complex cover crop blend and integration of livestock into a cropping system, as well as reviewing soil health monitoring tools and complex cover crop blend seeding. Morning presentations include:

• Williams: “Measuring Soil Health.”

• Ag Resource Consulting’s Glen Borgerding and James Schroepfer: “Soil Health Successes and Challenges.”

• The Breitkreutzes: “Our Experiences with Cover Crops and Livestock Integration.”

The Aug. 17 program begins at Pizza Ranch, 1420 Boyer Dr., Marshall, with a classroom portion followed by a trip to the Allen Deutz farm reviewing his work with cover crops and livestock integration, as well as innovative fencing techniques to provide livestock access to crop land. Morning presentations include:

• Williams: “Monitoring Soil Health.”

• Borgerding and Schroepfer: “Soil Health Successes and Challenges.”

• Deutz: “My Experiences with Cover Crops and Livestock Integration.”

Cost is $30/day or $55 for both days; lunch included. Register online at www.sfa-mn.org/soil.

For more information, contact Wayne Monsen at wayne@sfa-mn.org or 1.844.922.5573 Ext. 712.

This event is supported by The Pasture Project, NCR-SARE, Prairie Creek Seed and Albert Lea Seed.