National Soil Health Pioneer Featured On Nebraska Road Show In November

Gabe Brown is a North Dakota producer who combines cover crops, no-till cropping systems and grass-fed beef operation.

Published on: Oct 3, 2013

Gabe Brown, farmer and noted soil health advocate from North Dakota, is the highlight of a four-day, eight-stop traveling road show across Nebraska. It is sponsored by the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition and University of Nebraska Extension.

According to tour sponsors, Brown is one of the pioneers of the current soil health movement which focuses on regenerating soil resources. Brown, his wife, Shelly, and son, Paul, own and operate a diversified farm and ranch near Bismarck, N.D., where they integrate their grazing and no-till cropping system.

The operation includes multi-species cover crops, with grass-fed beef, poultry and sheep. This diversity and integration has regenerated the natural resources on the ranch without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides, Brown says.

National Soil Health Pioneer Featured On Nebraska Road Show In November
National Soil Health Pioneer Featured On Nebraska Road Show In November

More than 2,000 people visit the Brown's ranch annually to see the operation. They have had visitors from all 50 states and 15 foreign countries.

Brown's Ranch also integrates its cow-calf and grass-finished livestock operations with a highly diverse cropping rotation, which includes over 25 different cash and cover crops resulting in high yields and strong net profits. Gabe's trailblazing work has made him a leader in regenerative ranch management.

Brown will cover his experiences with the following topics:

  • Decreasing inputs while increasing yields
  • Livestock , the missed income opportunity
  • Producing corn for only $1.42 a bushel
  • Regenerating the soil resource
  • Opportunities to bring the next generation into the operation.
  • Lowering cow wintering costs

 

Here is the schedule for the November road show:

  • Nov. 18, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (MT time), Cheyenne Co. 4-H Building, Sidney. Contact Aaron Berger, UNL Extension Office in Banner, Kimball and Cheyenne Counties, 308-235-3122.
  • Nov. 18, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Nebraska Ag Industry Education Center, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, Curtis, Contact Barb Scharf, UNL Extension Office in Frontier County, 308-367-4424 or 888-367-4424.
  • Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Adams County Fairgrounds, Hastings. Contact Ron Seymour, UNL Extension Office in Adams County, 402-461-7209.
  • Nov. 19, 5 p.m-9 p.m., Nemaha County Hospital, Auburn. Contact Gary Lesoing, UNL Extension Office in Nemaha County, 402-274-4755.
  • Nov. 20,10 a.m.-2 p.m., Time Square Event Center, Norfolk. Contact Wayne Ohnesorg, UNL Extension Office in Madison County, 402-370-4040.
  • Nov. 20, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Scotia Community Center, Scotia. Contact Heather DePra, UNL Extension in the Central IV Counties, 308-728-5071.
  • Nov. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Ainsworth Conference Center, Ainsworth. Contact Dennis Bauer, UNL Extension in Brown, Keya Paha and Rock Counties, 800-634-8951.
  • Nov. 21, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Chadron State College, Student Center, Chadron. Contact Scott Cotton, UNL Extension Office in Dawes County, 308-432-3373.

Cost $15 which covers the cost of the meal. NGLC will pick up the cost of all student registrations. You must preregister by November 11 to reserve a meal by calling the UNL Extension office indicated.

For more information, contact Ron Bolze, Coordinator, Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition, 402-321-0067 or ron@nebraskagrazinglands.org