Congratulations to Ralph & Linda Corcoran and their Holistic Management Group for a very successful Western Canada Holistic Management Conference in Moosomin, Saskatchewan with 150 adults and 30 children. This conference came together quickly under their leadership and with the help of many willing hands. The theme of the conference was “Learning from Regenerative Leaders.”
The conference began Friday evening with a well-attended wine and cheese reception. Saturday morning began with Kristelle Harper presenting on the Brookdale project located north of Brandon, Manitoba. This project is comparing a Holistic Planned grazing system with a continuous grazing system. This project has run two years and already some differences are observable. In addition there were producer panels discussing experiences with running field days, leadership, and cover crop production practices.
There was also a video presentation from Dr. Richard Teague of Texas A&M. Dr. Teague spoke about the research project he is part of, where 18 holistically managed farms across Western Canada are being paired with 18 conventional management farms. The researchers are looking at economics, soil biology, soil carbon, grassland birds and plant diversity.
Sunday morning began with Holistic Management® Certified Educator Blain Hjertaas presenting on how the earth cools itself and how our management of the surface of the earth over the last 10,000 years of agriculture has altered the cooling system of the planet.
Phil Rose, a graduate student at the University of Regina presented on the importance of grazing lands and how different grazing strategies encourage or discourage different species of grasslands birds.
The last speaker of the conference was Dr. Christy Morrissey from the University of Saskatchewan. Her topic was resiliency in farming systems. Her research explores innovative and profitable ways to encourage resiliency on large grain farms.
The Moosomin conference was an outstanding success and achieved the goal of engaging the Holistic Management community in Canada! Many thanks to all who helped out in any way including the following sponsors: Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District, Souris River Conservation District, Kelsey Nagy-Investor’s Group, Back to Your Roots, Lower Souris Watershed Association, GBT Angus Trevor & Cheryl Branvold, Nerbas Brothers Angus, Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association, Timeless Fencing, Sharpe’s Soil Service, FCC, and Saskatchewan Stock Growers.
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