Tue, Feb 11, 2014
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council Winter Meeting – Part of SFA's Keep Cattle in Minnesota Series

SFA is partnering with Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council (Leader Lions) to host a Keep Cattle in Minnesota Event at the Council's annual meeting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 11 at Central Lakes College in Staples.

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The event features Josh Dukart and Ken Miller, district technicians from Burleigh County (N.D.) Soil Conservation District, who will focus on soil health and profitability as related to cattle production – a perfect fit for the mission of Keep Cattle in Minnesota.

Dukart is a Certified Educator of Holistic Management who speaks and teaches regularly throughout the United States and Canada. Joshua’s career path started as an Agricultural & Bio-systems engineer, but has evolved into a professional role of educator, facilitator, and mentor. Owning livestock of his own and providing grazing and financial planning for various ranches and farms keeps Joshua directly involved in production side of agriculture. This connection to reality provides the foundation to his teaching, consulting, and speaking activities. It also allows him to share both the conceptual basis and applied techniques of the regenerative agriculture he promotes.

Miller with his wife Bonnie owns and operates a 2,000-acre ranch near Fort Rice, N.D. They manage a very diverse landscape, from native grasslands mixed within high cut-banks to unpredictable river-bottom land. Soil health improvement and regenerative land management is the focus of this ranch. The Millers are complementing their cow/calf herd with a custom grazing enterprise utilizing native grassland, both dry and irrigated tame pastureland, and cover crops. The increased forage production, and therefore higher animal numbers, is due to their use of holistic planned grazing for over 20 years. Over the years, wildlife has served as both a benefit to the ranch as a whole and as an indicator of the health of the land.

Check-in for the event begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $15, which includes lunch.

Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council (Leader Lions) is a group of graziers in the Leader area that works to promote soil health techniques. For more information about the Council, contact Jim Chamberlin, 218-831-0528, jchamberlin@hugllc.com; or Mel Wiens, 218-894-2715, mlwiensfarm@gmail.com.

For more information on Keep Cattle in Minnesota, click here or contact Wayne Monsen, project coordinator, at wmonsen@gmail.com or 651.439.6641.

Event Location

Central Lakes College Ag Center
1830 Airport Rd
Staples, MN 56479

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