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Silvopasture Workshop: Central Minnesota

Farmers, livestock producers, natural resource professionals are invited to learn how to use silvopasture to improve productivity of wooded and marginal pastures while achieving environmental conservation! At this workshop, you will learn how silvopasture can be employed as part of your rotational grazing plan.

About the Workshop: The workshop will begin Friday evening, July 13th, with a networking and a panel discussion composed of practitioners, and natural resource professionals to share their experience about Silvopasture. And then it will continue on Saturday morning, July 14th, with indoor presentations and site visits to three sites in the afternoon. We will visit three farms including the Camp Hill Village, the Early Boots farm, and Stonebridge Beef that is practicing silvopasture and is raising grass-fed beef using the system. At this workshop, participants will conduct a case study as an exercise applying the establishment and management principles of silvopasture.

Expert speakers are invited to serve as resource persons for the workshop. Topics include:

  • Silvopasture Design Principles
  • Converting pasture to silvopasture
  • Converting woodlands to silvopasture
  • Grazing management and foraging in silvopasture
  • Silvopasture for restore oak savanna restoration
  • Silvopasture for soil health, water quality, biodiversity, and wildlife habitat management
  • What’s in it for me: Economics of Silvopasture

Registration Cost: $35. Registration will cover dinner, a light breakfast, and lunch. Register at https://www.regonline.com/SilvopastureSC.

For more information about the workshop contact: Diomy Zamora (612-626-9272; zamor015@umn.edu), or Gary Wyatt (507-389-6748; wyatt@umn.edu). A program brochure is available to download here.

Sponsors:  UMN-Extension, Sustainable Farming Association, Early Boots Farm, StoneBridge Beef Farm, and Camp Hill Village Inc., Natural Resource Conservation Service
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