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Northern Indiana Grazing Conference

 

The Northern Indiana Grazing Conference is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1 and 2, at the Michiana Event Center (MEC) in Howe. The planning committee has worked hard to present an educational and interesting venue of speakers and topics related to rotational grazing.

The Friday program will begin with Scott Stoller from Ohio taking attendees on a tour of the Stoller farm. He will share about “Farming Safety” later in the day. He addresses this topic from personal experience as he was in a farming accident where he lost his arm.

The Farmer Panel, held Friday morning, consists of three area farmers talking about “Pioneering a New Home Farm.” They will discuss similarities and differences in their farming experiences. Those on the farmer panel are Dan Chupp of Jones, Mich., Leroy Miller of Wolcottville, and Glen Bontrager of Centreville, Mich.

Following lunch, Reuben Stoltzfus from Lancaster Ag Products will talk about forages and pastures.

Several breakout sessions are scheduled for later in the afternoon. Attendees can choose from a session on “Beef, Custom Grazing and 25 Years of Management Intensive Grazing” by Jim Courtright, “Farming Safety” by Scott Stoller, or “Human Nutrition from the Garden” by Reuben Stoltzfus.

Saturday’s programs kick off with keynote speaker William Winter from Cannon City, Minn., sharing about “Health and Wealth – From the Soil to the Table.”

There will be several breakout sessions throughout the day on Saturday, touching on the topics of pastured pork, efficient housing for cattle, Grazing 101, and direct marketing farm-raised products. In the forenoon, Aaron Imhoff from Wakarusa, Ind., and Robert Miller from Holmes County, Ohio will share about farming experiences on their dairy operations. The last session of the day will be given by William Winter on “Traditional Foods from the Farm.”

Come and enjoy two days full of information and the extensive trade show featuring over 60 vendors promoting products related to rotational grazing, traditional farms, and human interests.

For more information about the Northern Indiana Grazing Conference, contact the LaGrange County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) at (260) 463-3471 ext. 3 or e-mail lagrange-swcd@iaswcd.org.