5th Annual Southern Iowa Grazing Conference

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When: Friday, February 17th and Saturday, February 18th 2017

Where: Mutchler Community Center, 900 E. North Street, Bloomfield, IA 53527

Elaine Ingham, Soil Scientist, presenting at the 2016 conference

Elaine Ingham, Soil Scientist, presenting at the 2016 conference

A message from the organizers.....

The Southern Iowa Grazing Conference exists to provide an educational and inspiring environment for people interested in small-farms. The event is for all ages and all levels of experience. It is an opportunity to network and learn from other graziers in Iowa and beyond; and to inspire and be re-inspired about the work we commit to on our farms.

Our speakers include:

Troy Bishopp, aka "The Grass Whisperer," a 32 year well-seasoned grass farmer, grassland advocate, and voice for grassfed livestock producers to the media, consumers, restaurateurs and policy makers. He owns and manages Bishopp Family Farm in Deansboro, NY with his wife, daughters, and parents. Their certified organic, 100% grass-fed, custom grazing operation raises dairy heifers on 180 acres of owned and leased cool season pasture in Mohawk Valley.

Dr. Leo Sharaskin, founder of horizontalhive.com and editor of Keeping Bees with a Smile. He is a contributor to American Bee Journal and Acres USA. He speaks internationally on sustainable beekeeping, organic growing, and earth-friendly living. He lives with his wife and four children on a forest homestead in the Ozarks in southern Missouri where they raise bees in a variety of low-maintenance, easy to build horizontal hives.

Tom Cory, of the Cory Family Farm located in Northeast Polk County in Central Iowa. "Our family has implemented and managed rotational grazing while utilizing holistic practices with our livestock and our land. Our family has successfully marketed forzen, packaged meat at the Des Moines Farmers' Market since 1997."

Nathan Martin of Martin Dairy Farm, Martin Farm Tour is a vision maintained at Green Hill Farms. Second generation organic dairy farmer and joint owner, Nathan Martin continues the practices of sustainable farming with cover crops, rotational grazing, and crop rotation. Appreciating the vigor of a Montbierde cross milking herd that adapt well to grazing and provide good components. 

             Session topics on Saturday include - natural bee-keeping that works, pasture fertility, direct marketing

See you in Soon!

~Ben Yoder, David Keim, Elmer Beechy, David Schrock, Robert Yoder