The Minnesota Grazing Lands Conservation Association's annual videoconference, "Keep It Growing, Keep It Green: Soil Health and Water Protection are the Answers," is set for 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 5 at nine sites around Minnesota.
Registration is open at tinyurl.com/glcavideoconference.
The videoconference, which combines experts from around Minnesota and North Dakota into an efficient simulcast format, is led by the title address from Dr. Kristine Nichols, USDA-ARS, on new research on managing soil biota.
Also on the agenda is Gene Goven of Turtle Lake, N.D., who will give a presentation entitled "Capturing Every Raindrop." Water is the most limiting natural resource factor on Goven's farm.
Don Baloun, NRCS State Conservationist & Dave Schad, DNR Deputy Commissioner, will explain why their agencies encourage grazing.
Greg Hoch and Carmelita Nelson from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will talk about how cattle are being used to enhance prairie on public lands.
Also planned is a Producer Panel and Discussion, where farmers will address strategies Minnesota farmers are using to improve soil health to improve pastures for cattle and sheep and increase farm income.
· Morris: West Central Research & Outreach Center, 600 E 4th St.
· Pine City: Pine County Courthouse, 635 Northridge Dr.
· St. Paul: U of M-St. Paul Campus, Alderman Room 415, 1970 Farwell Ave SE.
· Lamberton: Southwest Research & Outreach Center, 23669 130th St.
· Crookston: U of M-Crookston, Dowell Hall 101, 2900 University Ave.
· Staples: Central Lakes College, Room A 114, 1830 Airport Rd.
· Rochester: Winona State University-Rochester Campus, University Center Rochester, Rooms AT102 & CF 103
· Austin: Riverland Community College-Austin Campus, Room C108, 1900 8th Ave NW
· Winona: Winona State University, Room - Maxwell 257, 175 W Mark St.