Friday, March 2, 2018, 8:30am – 4pm
Deaf Smith County Extension Office
903 14th Street, Hereford, TX 79045
- Managing your land for financial profitability
- How to build the productivity of your soils
- Cropping strategies that yield results
- Understanding soil biology and ecosystem process effectiveness
- The value of biodiversity
- How to capture water on your land and build drought-resistant soil
- Integrating livestock to improve your soil health AND your bottom line
- Real-life success stories backed by scientific data
Registration is $50 per person (includes lunch), only $20 for Texas Panhandle residents. Online registration closes February 23, 2018.
Register soon, as space is limited and accurate headcounts are needed for lunch and refreshments. Walk-ins will be accommodated only if space is available. Sorry, registration fees are non-refundable.
If you are unable to register online, please call Rick Auckerman at 806-364-3573 or JD Ragland at 806-468-5543.
|Friday||March 2, 2018|
|8:30 AM||Registration, Coffee and Donuts|
|9:00 AM||Ray Archuleta – Principles of Building Soil Health Discussion and Demos|
|10:40 AM||Gabe Brown – How to Apply Soil-Building Principles on your Land|
|1:00 PM||Gabe Brown & Ray Archuleta – Use of Cover Crops; Integrating Livestock, Specifics of Farming in the Texas Panhandle, Converting Cover Crops into Cash; Financial Planning to Improve your Economics|
|3:00 PM||Wrap-up, Q&A, Evaluations|
|3:30 PM||Gabe Brown Special Session for Market Farmers - Stacked Enterprises and Direct Marketing|
Gabe Brown is one of the pioneers of the current soil health movement which focuses on the regeneration of our resources. Gabe, along with his wife Shelly, and son Paul, own and operate Brown’s Ranch, a diversified 5,000 acre farm and ranch near Bismarck, North Dakota. Their ranch focuses on farming and ranching in nature’s image. They believe that healthy soil leads to clean air, clean water, healthy plants, animals and people.
The Browns holistically integrate their no-till cropping systems, which include a wide variety of cash crops, multi-species cover crops along with all natural grass finished beef and lamb. They also raise pastured laying hens, broilers and swine. This diversity and integration has regenerated the natural resources on the ranch without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides. Over 2,000 people visit the Brown’s Ranch annually to see this unique operation. They have had visitors from all fifty states and twenty-one foreign countries.
Gabe and Brown’s Ranch have received many forms of recognition for their work, including a Growing Green award from the Natural Resource Defense Council, an Environmental Stewardship Award from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and a Zero-Till Producer of the Year Award, to name a few. Gabe has also been named one of the twenty-five most influential agricultural leaders in the United States. Gabe is a partner along with Ray Archuleta, David Brandt and Dr. Allen Williams in Soil Health Consulting, LLC and Soil Health Academy.org.
Ray Archuleta is a farmer from Seymour, MO. He teaches Biomimicry Strategies and Agroecology principles on a national scale for improving soil function. He has over 30 years of work experience has a Soil Conservationist, Water Quality Specialist, and Conservation Agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist with Soil Science Society of America. He has worked in the following states: New Mexico, Missouri, Oregon, and North Carolina, serving two years in Guatemala as a Livestock Specialist in the Peace Corps. Ray received A.S. in Livestock Science from Northern New Mexico College and a B.S. in Agricultural Biology plus 30 hours of graduate school in soil related classes from New Mexico State University.
This program is made possible thanks to the generous funding from The Tecovas Foundation.
Thanks to Rick Auckerman of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Deaf Smith County for hosting this event, and JD Ragland, of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Randall County for assisting.
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Our workshops offers organizations, agencies and businesses a great opportunity to network with farmers, ranchers and consumers interested in sustainable agricultural ideas, products and services. We offer a variety of affordable Sponsorship Opportunities to connect you with our community. Please email Stephanie von Ancken at [email protected] for more information.