Learn more about using forages to build soil health at the 2015 Great Lakes Forage & Grazing Confere

Maintaining and building healthy soils has been one of the basic principles Michigan State University (MSU) Extension has been promoting, especially in the last few years.

February 23, 2015

Maintaining and building healthy soils has been one of the basic principles Michigan State University (MSU) Extension has been promoting, especially in the last few years. The MSU Extension Forage Team and the Michigan Forage Council are jointly sponsoring the 2015 Great Lakes Forage & Grazing Conference and trade show to provide an educational opportunity for farmers, graziers, dairy and livestock producers, agribusinesses, and governmental agencies to learn more about using forages to improve soil health. The conference will take place during ANR Week at the MSU Kellogg Conference Center on March 12.

Conference keynote speaker Doug Peterson, Missouri Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) state soil health conservationist, will present “The Building Blocks of Grassland Soil Health.” Peterson has been an NRCS employee for more than 25 years and a district conservationist in both a grassland-based county in southern Missouri and a large cropland county in northern Missouri. He also operates a 350 cow-calf ranch. Currently he is teaching NRCS staff and producers about soil health.

Other speakers include Betsy Dierberger, MI NRCS; Kim Cassida, MSU forage specialist; Lisa Tiemann, MSU soil biologist; Jason Rowntree, MSU; Jerry Lindquist, MSU Extension; Ben and Denise Bartlett; Bob Barrons, Michigan Upper Peninsula dairy producer; and Phil Kaatz, MSU Extension.

For program information and to register, please visit http://events.anr.msu.edu/GLFGC2015/. For more information, contact Phil Kaatz, MSU Extension at kaatz@msu.edu or 810-667-0341.

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