This Weekend: Grazing Field Day

Looking for a grazing-related even this weekend? Enjoy the warm weather and get outside to a grazing field day this Saturday, February 27th in Northeast Iowa.

The Allamakee SWCD and Northeast Iowa RC&D are partnering with the Northeast Iowa Grassfed Livestock Producer Group, the Leopold Center, Iowa NRCS, Practical Farmers of Iowa, the Pasture Project, and the Turkey River Watershed to host the event. The field day complements regional efforts to promote more pasture and hay in the row crop rotation.

Schedule for Saturday, February 27th:

9 a.m.  Presentations followed by LUNCH at the Marquette Community Center

1:30 p.m. Pasture walk at Greg Koether’s Ranch

The field day will feature presentations from two well-known field experts - Doug Peterson from the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Dr. Allen Williams.

Doug Peterson is a soil health specialist with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).  Peterson has worked for NRCS for over 25 years, and has a wealth of experience in the fields of ranching and soil health.  His talk will focus on grassfed management’s contribution to soil health.

Dr. Williams, speaking on issues related to marketing grassfed livestock, is a founding partner and current President of Livestock Management Consultants, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in building natural branded food programs, facilitating value-based chain management, and ranch/farm business planning. During his career in the industry he has served as an Assistant and Associate Professor at Louisiana Tech University and as an Extension Beef Cattle Specialist/ Associate Professor at Mississippi State University.

The day will also include presentations about two regional projects:

Project #1 New Educational Materials

Northeast Iowa RC&D has been working with grassfed livestock producers from across the region to develop a marketing strategy to promote and inform about the benefits of grassfed livestock production. Marketing materials that are being developed will highlight the positive impacts grassfed management has on animal health and consumer health, and why it’s a good fit for northeast Iowa’s landscape. The project is made possible with funding from an Iowa NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG).

Project #2 Converting Marginal Cropland to Pasture

The Allamakee County Soil and Water Conservation District recently received funding from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Her efforts will address the economic and environmental benefits of converting marginal cropland to pasture. She will also discuss related financial assistance options available through Federal EQIP funding.

Interested? Have questions? Want to RSVP? Call 563-864-7112. Everyone is welcome to attend.