4th Annual Southern Iowa Grazing Conference

Register NOW and SAVE, rates increase February 1st!

When: Friday, February 12th and Saturday, February 13th 2016

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

Photo by kasto80/iStock / Getty Images
Photo by kasto80/iStock / Getty Images

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 keynote speaker is soils expert Dr. Elaine Ingham, Founder and Director of Research for Soil Foodweb, Inc. – a business that grew out of her Oregon State University research program. Her goal is to ensure a healthy food web that promotes plant growth and reduces reliance on inorganic chemicals. To accomplish this, Dr. Ingham focuses on grower-related soil issues, the expense of intensive chemical use, and the damage these chemicals inflict on beneficial organisms in the soil and on foliage. At the conference, she will share her pioneering vision for sustainable farming based on improving soils without damaging any other ecosystem.

Dr. Ingham will speak on both Friday and Saturday. Friday’s focus will be focused on the relationship between human health and soil health.

             Session topics on Saturday include - how to get started with bee-keeping, the economics of grazing, and principles of rotational grazing. Saturday’s registration includes lunch and registration rates are discounted until February 1st.

For the past 3 years, a dedicated team of us in Southern Iowa have been doing all the behind the scenes work. This year the Davis County Natural Resource Conservation Service and Pathfinders RC&D is joining the fun and helping us out with some of the logistics.

See you in Soon!

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