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 now open at tinyurl.com/glcavideoconference.
The videoconference, which combines experts from around Minnesota and North Dakota will be led by Kristine Nichols, USDA-ARS, with 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 so 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.
Don Baloun, Minnesota's NRCS state conservationist and Dave Schad, DNR deputy commissioner, will give opening addresses on why their agencies encourage grazing.
Additionally, Greg Hoch and Carmelita Nelson from the DNR will talk about how cattle are being used to enhance prairie on public lands.
Also planned is a producer panel and discussion with farmers Janet McNally, Grant Nelson, Lowell Schafer and Kent Solberg. They will address strategies they and other Minnesota farmers are using to improve soil health and to improve pastures for cattle and sheep.
Videoconference sites are:
-Morris: West Central Research & Outreach Center, 600 E 4th St, Morris
-Pine City: Pine County Courthouse, 635 Northridge Dr., Pine City
-St. Paul: U-M-St. Paul Campus, Alderman Room 415, 1970 Folwell Ave SE, St. Paul
-Lamberton: Southwest Research & Outreach Center, 23669 130th St, Lamberton
-Crookston: U-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
Registration is open at tinyurl.com/glcavideoconference
Cost is just $25 for GLCA members. Nonmembers may register for $45 and receive admission as well as GLCA membership. Open registration is available for $50.
Lunch is included with registration. Seating is limited at each site. Only pre-registered participants will have guaranteed seats. Walk-ins may be standing room only.