Thu, Dec 05, 2013
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

MN Grazing Lands Conservation Association (GLCA) 2013 Videoconference

“Keep it Growing, Keep it Green: Soil Health and Water Protection Are the Answers”

Thurs., Dec. 5, 2013 • 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Lunch is included • Seating is limited • Please register below to guarantee your seat

Walk-ins are welcome, and walk-in payment is by check only. Pre-registered participants will have guaranteed seats; walk-ins may be standing room only.

Attend one of nine Minnesota locations (note St. Paul location moved to Inver Grove Heights):

  • Morris: West Central Research & Outreach Center, 600 E 4th St, Morris
  • Pine City: Pine County Courthouse, 635 Northridge Dr., Pine City
  • Twin Cities: Inver Hills Community College, Science Building, 2500 E. 80th St, Inver Grove Heights
  • Lamberton: Southwest Research & Outreach Center, 23669 130th St, Lamberton
  • Crookston: U of M-Crookston, Dowell Hall 101, 2900 University Ave, Crookston
  • Staples: Central Lakes College, Room A 114, 1830 Airport Rd, Staples
  • Rochester: Winona State University-Rochester Campus, University Center Rochester, Rooms AT102 & CF 103, Rochester
  • Austin: Riverland Community College-Austin Campus, Room C108, 1900 8th Ave NW, Austin
  • Winona: Winona State University, Room - Maxwell 257, 175 W Mark St, Winona

Agenda and Topics Include:

Opening Addresses on why NRCS and DNR encourage grazing – Don Baloun, NRCS State Conservationist & Dave Schad, DNR Deputy Commissioner

"Capturing Every Raindrop" – Gene Goven, Turtle Lake, N.D. Water is the most limiting natural resource factor on Goven's farm, and he focuses on the water cycle by using deep-rooted warm- and cool-season grasses and forbs, keeping plant residues in contact with the soil, and eliminating bare ground. He incorporates cover crops and grazing into cropland management and strives to always have a growing crop to feed the microbes as well as the livestock.

Keynote: “Keep it Growing, Keep it Green: Soil Health and Water Protection are the Answers:” New research on managing soil biota, Dr. Kristine Nichols, USDA-ARS (from Mandan, ND)

Using Livestock to Enhance Prairie: Opportunities to graze public and private conservation lands. Monitoring to see the results of grazing – Carmelita Nelson and Greg Hoch, DNR  

Producer Panel and Discussion: Strategies MN farmers are using to improve soil health to improve pastures for cattle and sheep and increase farm income. Also planned is a discussion on options for increasing soil health and profitability for your farm or ranch. Farmers on the panel include Janet McNally, Grant Nelson, Lowell Schafer, and Kent Solberg.

For questions about the videoconference, contact GLCA Executive Director Wayne Monsen at 651.439.6641 or

If you would like to register by check, mail proper payment – NOTE: Check made out to GLCA, with site choice in the memo field – to Jason Walker, 4924 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410.

Major Sponsors


Supporting Sponsors

MN Board of Water and Soil Resources

Audubon MN

Lincoln County Corn & Soybean Growers Association

Paul & Sandy Fehrman Red Angus, Lake Benton, Minn.

East Ottertail Soil and Water Conservation District

Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association

Redwood Soil and Water Conservation District

Delaney Herefords, Lake Benton, MN, 507-820-0662

Caraway Red Angus, Lake Benton, MN

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