Farmer-led councils host soil health workshop


(2/3/2016)

The Whitewater and Rush-Pine Farmer-Led Councils are hosting a Soil Health Workshop this month. Local farmers are invited to attend the Soil Health Workshop on Friday, February 5, 2016, featuring nationally renowned soil health specialist, Jay Fuhrer. The Soil Health Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the St. Charles Community Room, 830 Whitewater Avenue, St. Charles. Lunch will be provided at no cost.

As a conservationist working with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Bismarck, N.D., Fuhrer is an integral part of the Burleigh County soil health team, recognized for innovative soil-building farm practices. In his work, Fuhrer emphasizes soil health as a foundation for productive crops and grazing operations. He has worked extensively with cropping systems, grazing systems, cover crops, livestock integration, pest management, nutrient management, and conservation practice installations; all with improvements to soil health and increased sustainable yields. Fuhrer has 35 years of conservation experience and in soil health instruction with farm commodity groups, soil conservation districts, national and international no-till organizations.

Any landowner with an interest in enhancing soil health in his operation is welcome to attend the Farmer-Led Council Soil Health Workshop. Pre-registration by calling 507-457-6521 is preferred but not required. Those with questions about the soil health event may call 507-457-6522. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how soil health-building principles can be incorporated into your farm operation.

The Whitewater and Rush Pine Farmer-Led Councils work to promote conservation farming that enhance water quality through education and outreach to other farmers. Funds for this workshop are provided by the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation.

While in Southeast Minnesota, Fuhrer will also be speaking at two other area events. He is one of the scheduled speakers at the Southeast Minnesota Forage Council and MFA Winter Meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Eagles Club in Rochester, Minn. Registration for this event is available at www.midwestforage.org. Fuhrer is also speaking at a Land Stewardship Project soil health event at the Plainview American Legion on Thursday, February 4, from 4-8:30 p.m. For more information call 507-523-3366.