The 2019 SFA Midwest Soil Health Summit will be March 12 at Gustavus Adolphus Alumni Hall, St. Peter
The MSHS, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., features Dr. David Montgomery (right), a soil scientist, MacArthur fellow and author of books such as “Growing a Revolution,” which makes the case for agriculture that is profitable and productive that cools the planet and restores life to the land.
Other speakers include farmer and soil health expert Grant Breitkreutz,state soil scientist Kristin Brennan, Minnesota State Conservationist Troy Daniell, Extension educator Jodi DeJong-Hughes, NRCS agronomist Carissa Spencer, SFA Livestock & Grazing Specialist Kent Solberg and more.
Cost for the 2019 MSHS is just $50 for SFA members and $75 nonmembers.
Farmer and soil health expert Grant Breitkreutz is the Vice President of the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association and operates Stoney Creek Farm near Redwood Falls, Minn., with his wife, Dawn, and daughter, Karlie. The operation includes a commercial cow/calf cattle operation with intensive rotational grazing, custom cattle feeding, and no-till row cropping as well as the use of cover crops. The farm has been recognized for conservation efforts by receiving the NCBA 2016 Region III Environmental Stewardship Award, Beef Magazine’s Trailblazer Award for 2016, and the 2010 MN Outstanding Conservationist Award of the year for Southwest Area 5 by the Minnesota Soil & Water Conservation District. Grant & Dawn were also recognized as the 2015 Cattlemen of the Year by the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association.
Kent Solberg, SFA Livestock & Grazing Specialist, and his wife, Linda, have a diversified pasture-based livestock farm near Verndale, Minn., where they raise dairy, pork, eggs and beef. Solberg, who is an expert on livestock fencing, cover crop selection, wintering livestock, and an array of other innovative profit-focused soil health topics, serves as Livestock and Grazing Specialist and Minnesota Dairy Initiative Coordinator through the Sustainable Farming Association. He is also an instructor for SFA’s Deep Roots Farmer Development program and co-founded the Midwest Soil Health Summit in 2014. Kent was recently featured in an instructional video series discussing fencing, livestock watering, and more produced by frequent SFA collaborator The Pasture Project.