Dirt Rich: Building Soil Health Experts

Dirt Rich’ Discussion Topics: Bio-Profile Analysis, How to Build a Paddock, Soil Characteristics, & Much More. Dr. Allen Williams and SFA Livestock & Grazing Specialist Kent Solberg have developed the classroom outline for our upcoming “Dirt Rich: Building Soil Health Experts” events, which include separate two-day sessions: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 8-9 in Faribault, MN and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 10-11 in Blue Earth, MN. Each day begins with a classroom portion followed by a field trip to a local farm.

During the series, Allen (right) and Kent will discuss:

  • What is soil health and how can we influence?
  • Soil physical, chemical and biological characteristics
  • Use and benefits of cover crops
  • Livestock integration and adaptive grazing
  • Field visit of three fields under different management
  • Soil health indicators and monitoring tools
  • Soil Bio-profile Analysis and what it looks like in the field
  • View examples of cover crops, reduced tillage and seeding techniques
  • Grazing paddock size, design, fencing and water systems
  • How to build a paddock

The 2017 “Dirt Rich” series consists of separate two-day sessions – the same workshops held in two different regional locations. To register, choose one or the other.

The cost for each two-day session is $80 for SFA members and $100 for nonmembers. Lunch is included.

Info: Visit our “Dirt Rich” homepage, or contact Wayne Monsen at wayne@sfa-mn.org or 1.844.922.5573 Ext. 712.

This event is sponsored by NCR-SARE, The Pasture Project, Minnesota Dairy Initiative, Faribault County SWCD, University of Minnesota Extension-Rice County, CommonSense Energy, Cannon River Watershed Partnership, and Albert Lea Seed.

  • Scholarships available: A limited number of “Dirt Rich” scholarships geared toward ag service professionals are available. To apply, fill out this form.

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