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GLCA Videoconference on December 5, 2013

posted Oct 5, 2013, 3:45 PM by Wayne Monsen   [ updated Nov 10, 2013, 3:44 PM by Linda Zinn ]

MN Grazing Lands Conservation Association (GLCA) 2013 Videoconference


Thurs., Dec. 5, 2013 • 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Lunch is included • Seating is limited • Please register below to guarantee your seat

Walk-ins are welcome, and walk-in payment is by check only. Pre-registered participants will have guaranteed seats; walk-ins may be standing room only.

Attend one of nine Minnesota locations:

  • Morris: West Central Research & Outreach Center, 600 E 4th St, Morris
  • Pine City: Pine County Courthouse, 635 Northridge Dr., Pine City
  • St. Paul: U of M-St. Paul Campus, Alderman Room 145, 1970 Farwell Ave SE, St. Paul
  • Lamberton: Southwest Research & Outreach Center, 23669 130th St, Lamberton
  • Crookston: U of 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
Agenda and Topics Include:
  • Opening Addresses on why NRCS and DNR encourage grazing – Don Baloun, NRCS State Conservationist & Dave Schad, DNR Deputy Commissioner
  • "Capturing Every Raindrop" – Gene Goven, Turtle Lake, N.D. Water is the most limiting natural resource factor on Goven's farm, and 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. He incorporates cover crops and grazing into cropland management and strives to always have a growing crop to feed the microbes as well as the livestock.
  • Keynote: “Keep it Growing, Keep it Green: Soil Health and Water Protection are the Answers:” New research on managing soil biota, Dr. Kristine Nichols, USDA-ARS (from Mandan, ND)
  • Using Livestock to Enhance Prairie: Opportunities to graze public and private conservation lands. Monitoring to see the results of grazing – Carmelita Nelson and Greg Hoch, DNR
  • Producer Panel and Discussion: Strategies MN farmers are using to improve soil health to improve pastures for cattle and sheep and increase farm income. Also planned is a discussion on options for increasing soil health and profitability for your farm or ranch. Farmers on the panel include Janet McNally, Grant Nelson, Lowell Schafer, and Kent Solberg.
To register online go to:

For further information contact Wayne Monsen, Executive Director, MN GLCA, 651-439-6641; wmonsen@gmail.com

A Brand New Site!

posted Jul 27, 2013, 5:13 PM by Linda Zinn   [ updated Aug 19, 2013, 5:36 PM ]

     Welcome to the site for Minnesota GLCA and thank you for reading this first post. If you are looking to learn more about what GLCA does hit the "About" section; it will answer many of your questions. The "Mentoring" section has a list of current grazers who are willing to share their knowledge, as well as the contact information of professional grazing specialists whose expertise helps farmers and ranchers work out the best sustainable grazing practices.

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