July 31, Clean River Partners and the Cannon River Agricultural Collaborative are holding a Soil Health Bus Tour.

The tour will start and end at Twin Oaks Farm in Northfield, MN, where the Peterson family has been at the forefront of conservation practices since the 1970s. You'll see cover crops interseeded into corn, learn about how they are using strip-till, and hear about their commitment to preserving topsoil for future generations..

From Twin Oaks Farm, the tour will continue to Honken Farms in Faribault, MN, where Dan and Erin have successfully converted erodible land into productive pastures through their dedication to conservation efforts.

Our final stop on the bus tour will be TJ Kartes' Farm in Blooming Prairie, MN. TJ is working on improving the soil quality through less disturbance and intense cover cropping. He has been working with cover crops since 2009 and sells cover crop seeds for Saddle Butte Ag. Inc. He also owns Kartes Seeds, which specializes in providing cover crop seeds and technical assistance to farmers.

You can register by clicking https://www.cleanriverpartners.org/events/soil-health-bus-tour.

The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDPs) are excited to announce a position with our Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems team.  The RSDPs build community-University partnership to address issues of sustainability.  This position will contribute to current RSDP projects and programs addressing issues such as: rural grocery stores, the “backhaul” project, aggregation and distribution, marketing and merchandising for farmers and retailers, winter production, supply chains and logistics, and other areas of interest to small- and medium-sized farmers in Minnesota. This position also provides leadership and program development for the statewide sustainable agriculture and food systems suite of projects guided by RSDP multi-regional priorities and by harnessing relevant trends in sustainable agriculture and food systems.

Direct links to apply, Job 362424:

External Applicants: https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/ext/362424 

Internal Applicants: https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/int/362424

For more information please contact Greg Schweser, RSDP Director of Sustainable Ag and Food Systems as Schwe233@umn.edu or 612-625-9706

Agroforestry Institute in Wabasha, MN - September 17, 18 and 19

Join us to learn about different agroforestry practices, how to design them, and the trees, shrubs and vegetation used in these working tree plantings.   The Minnesota Agroforestry Institute is a two-and-a-half-day training that includes classroom workshops and on-farm visits.  The 5 Agroforestry practices include: windbreaks, silvopasture, riparian buffers, alley cropping and forest farming.  Small groups will work on case studies to discuss design and plants in Agroforestry plantings.  This year there will be a focus on Silvopasture.  Learn more about this training with a flier and registration page at: https://z.umn.edu/Agroforestry2024.

Wisconsin Schools of Grazing August 9th & 10th, 2024

Two days of in-depth sessions and hands-on field experiences, led by managed grazing experts.  Register at grassworks.regfox.com/grazing-school

Minnesota Hazelnut Events August 5-6

The Upper Midwest Hazelnut Development Initiative will host educational hazelnut events on the week of August 5 2024. University of Minnesota researchers and Minnesota hazelnut growers will provide education, outreach, and demonstration events to help you learn about hazelnuts as a viable perennial oilseed and food crop for the Upper Midwest.

Monday, August 5, 7:00-8:30 pm. Hazelnuts 101 webinar: Introduction to hazelnuts, status of hybrid hazelnut cultivar development, and Q & A

Tuesday, August 6. 1:30-3:00 pm.  Field Day Becker (NW Metro) UMN Hazelnut Research Plot

Highlights: Breeding populations, mound layering, nursery beds, seedlings.

Tuesday, August 6. 4:00 - 5:00 pm. Dayton, MN (NW Metro): Tour of Milke Lilja’s hazelnut farm

Mike Lilja has established productive hazelnut bushes planted on contour with asparagus as an alley crop. There will be a tour of Mike’s planting following the Becker Field Day.

To register click here https://forms.gle/jVzjDepVfH1HWDa86


Greg Schweser: schwe233@umn.edu (612) 625-9706 or (612) 669-6683

Lois Braun: brau0259@umn.edu  (763) 280-1752

Other related events:
Tour of Ashland, WI hazelnut processing facility August 18. Contact Jason Fischbach for more info: jason.fischbach@wisc.edu

Tour of Kimber’s Contours multi-crop hazelnut field tour. August 22, 10:00 -- 1:00. Contact Andrew Leach for more details leach167@umn.edu

Minnesota Hazelnut Events August 5-6

The Upper Midwest Hazelnut Development Initiative will host educational hazelnut events on the week of August 5 2024. University of Minnesota researchers and Minnesota hazelnut growers will provide education, outreach, and demonstration events to help you learn about hazelnuts as a viable perennial oilseed and food crop for the Upper Midwest.

Monday, August 5, 7:00-8:30 pm. Hazelnuts 101 webinar: Introduction to hazelnuts, status of hybrid hazelnut cultivar development, and Q & A

Tuesday, August 6. 1:30-3:00 pm.  Field Day Becker (NW Metro) UMN Hazelnut Research Plot

Highlights: Breeding populations, mound layering, nursery beds, seedlings.

Tuesday, August 6. 4:00 - 5:00 pm. Dayton, MN (NW Metro): Tour of Milke Lilja’s hazelnut farm

Mike Lilja has established productive hazelnut bushes planted on contour with asparagus as an alley crop. There will be a tour of Mike’s planting following the Becker Field Day.

To register click here https://forms.gle/jVzjDepVfH1HWDa86

The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) is recruiting a full-time Soil Health Specialist to lead the promotion and delivery of the Farmers for Soil Health in Wisconsin.  This is a remote position that must reside within the agricultural region of the state.  The first application review deadline is July 5th with a goal of having the Specialist begin August 1.  Salary and benefit package is very competitive and the top candidate will have a chance to innovate and build new partnerships with farmers and other collaborators across the conservation ag sector.

2025 SWCS Emerging Leaders Program Applications are Open!

SWCS Emerging Leaders Program - Grow you career, grow the conservation movement

Applications are officially open for the 2025 SWCS Emerging Leaders Program! We are looking for professionals in the conservation field in the first 5 years of their careers, post-graduation, who want to take their careers to the next level.

This hands-on, interdisciplinary program includes four learning modules focused on leadership, community building, and event planning. Through experiential learning and skill development, participants will gain the expertise, networks, and passion to drive positive change in their communities.

Apply Today!

Applications Due: August 15, 2024

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume in one PDF to Lucinda

Winter at lucinda@sfa-mn.org. https://www.swcs.org/get-involved/emerging-leaders-program

Are you a student or know someone looking to do a PhD on perennial grains? Come to one of the happiest countries in the world (Denmark!) to work with a growing Danish community studying perennial grains. All students in Denmark are fully funded with six weeks of vacation and full health benefits, finish their PhD in three years with at least three publications, and spend 3-6 months working with an international collaborator. Desired start date is winter 2024 or spring 2025. You do not need to know Danish (I am from the US and do not speak Danish), it is an international work environment with English as its working language. Interested candidates can read more and apply at the below link:

PhD in Agronomy and weed ecology in perennial grain systems (au.dk)

This is a great opportunity for someone to pursue their own interests regarding perennial grains. While the main project will be based on a field study, there is room to pursue other facets of cropping systems related to perennial rye including nutrition/baking quality, breeding, farmer perceptions/interest, allelopathy, life-cycle analyses, etc.  

I will be the student's project supervisor and am happy to answer any questions (gina.nichols@agro.au.dk).

Farmer Climate Relief Fund

Emerging farmers at Sharing Our Roots are facing significant crop failures after weeks of nonstop rain.

Sharing Our Roots supports 200+ immigrant, BIPOC, & LGBTQ+ farmers & gardeners across Dakota & Rice Counties with land access and shared infrastructure. In June 2024, Dakota County received 17 inches of rain, making it the wettest spring on record and bringing historic floods to southern Minnesota. Currently, many of our farmers’ fields have standing water, making it impossible to replant what has been lost.

Unfortunately, crop insurance is inaccessible to most farmers at Sharing Our Roots, which means these small-scale growers are responsible for all crop failure and market sale losses. Our farmers have reported financial impacts of $3,500 to $40,000 in lost crops, inputs and revenue, even without factoring in the cost of labor.

The emergence of our Farmer Climate Relief Fund is an effort to bring together foundations, community members, eaters, and family members alike who are committed to building a future where immigrant and emerging farmers have the opportunity to grow food for our communities.

The Midwest Elderberry Cooperative (MEC) is a grower-owned cooperative focused on expanding domestic elderberry production and marketing. MEC is partnering with Fountain Ark Farms in Delano to host an educational field day on Saturday July 20th for growers of all experience levels to learn more about this important berry crop, connect with other growers and access resources to make decisions about production, harvesting, processing and marketing.

Registration, coffee and conversation will start at 8:00 AM, event presentations will begin at 8:30 AM.

Link to Registration for more information and directions. (Event is free, this will help with planning and logistics)

Hosted at Fountain Ark Farms in Delano, Minnesota, the workshop will include presentations on elderberry production, marketing and commercialization efforts, including remarks from Forever Green Initiative. New and experienced growers, industry partners and University researchers will all be on-hand to share resources and make connections.

Following a lunch provided by a local restaurant, attendees will tour Fountain Ark Farms with owner/manager, Jon Jobes and his business partner, Brian Weber. Jobes and Weber will share their innovative production system and their vision for scaling elderberry production.

Interested attendees are encouraged to stay after the tour for networking and connection.

Please share this notice with interested farmers, organizations and businesses.

Practical Farmers of Iowa is hiring two positions in our growing research department:

Remote sensing data coordinator*

We’re seeking a data coordinator to develop remote sensing workflows for interpreting satellite imagery of farmland acres enrolled in our research and incentive programs. You will join a research effort studying how cover crops influence the resilience of Midwestern corn-soybean production systems. As part of the project, we want to use satellite imagery to assess how variables such as cover crop growth and how frequently they are used in a field affect cash crop yield over time.

Cropping systems research coordinator*

We’re seeking a scientist to lead some of our ongoing multisite on-farm research projects across the Midwest. One project explores the effect of nitrogen fertilizer on corn yield, financial returns and greenhouse gas emissions in production systems using soil health practices. Another project is looking at how cover crops influence the number of days suitable for fieldwork in corn-soybean production systems.

*Both of these can be considered "post-doc-type" positions: Full-time, temporary, benefits-eligible positions lasting for two to three years and the opportunity to publish. Possibility of extension based on acquiring additional funding. That could entail leading the development of novel, creative on-farm research opportunities that directly serve farmer interests and writing grant proposals to fund the new projects, which we would encourage and support.

Practical Farmers of Iowa is hiring a field crops viability coordinator! This position will provide technical assistance to farmers implementing regenerative row-crop practices; plan events to support communities of practice; and help farmers complete cost-share program requirements once enrolled.

This is a full-time position with potential for a hybrid or remote schedule. Preference will be given to candidates who can work from our Ames office one to two days per week.

Ray Archuleta is coming to Minnesota!  Join the Minnesota Soil Health Coalition on the Soil is Alive on Hwy 75 Tour July 8-12!  We will have a field day in Grygla, Crookston, Hawley, Johnson and Canby.  These are free events with a free lunch included.  We will see how water moves through the soil under different management practices and learn how to assess soil health. Given all the rain we have had, we will discuss how to increase water infiltration, manage erosion and become more resilie nt to extreme weather.

We also have our Premier Soil Health School coming up July 16-17 in Redwood Falls at Grant & Dawn Breitreutz's farm.  Join us for hands on, in the field learning on how to build soil health.  Featuring Grant & Dawn Breitkreutz (Farmers), Russell Hedrick (Farmer and dryland record corn yield holder), Liz Haney (soil scientist), Hugh Aljoe (grazing consultant), and David Kleinschmidt (agronomist).  

You can check out our calendar of events for a field day near you at:  https://www.mnsoilhealth.org/events

LSP Accepting Applications for 2024-2025 Farm Beginnings Class


Beginning and prospective farmers are invited to apply to LSP's Farm Beginnings, a year-long training program that focuses on the goal setting, marketing, and financial skills needed to establish a successful farm business. The Farm Beginnings course creates a space for folks to name their vision, acquire the tools and skills needed to make it happen, and become part of a community of support to help them succeed.   The course will run from November 2024 through March 2025, with some additional educational opportunities to take place later in 2025. The deadline for applications is Sept. 1. Early bird applications submitted by Aug. 1 will receive a $100 discount if you are accepted into the class. Partial scholarships are available. More details at www.farmbeginnings.org or contact Whitney at wterrill@landstewardshipproject.org or Annelie at annelie@landstewardshipproject.org 

Apply here: https://bit.ly/FBApp24-25

The Minnesota Grazing Lands Conservation Association (MNGLCA), along with its partners, is hosting an event for women in the livestock industry, agency women, and women interested in learning more about grazing lands. The event will be held at a woman-owned and operated heifer development operation, Little Timber Farms in Blackduck, MN on June 4th and 5th. Women from all backgrounds and knowledge levels are encouraged to attend.

The GrazeHERs Grazing School is presented by women in agriculture from Minnesota and South Dakota. Topics covered include foundations of pasture management, managing for diversity, forage ID and quantification, manure distribution, livestock nutrition, multi-species grazing and rural mental health. Each day will begin with a classroom session at the hotel and continue in the field at Little Timber Farms. Meals will be provided along with plenty of time for networking. Attendees will leave with a variety of tools to help them play an integral role in making decisions about grazing activities on their farms. One-on one-assistance with grazing plan development is also available.

Education is the backbone of the MNGLCA and we are excited to host the inaugural GrazeHERs Grazing School. Educating producers about grazing lands and improving operations has been a priority of the MNGLCA for many years.

To register for this event visit our website mnglca.org or contact Star Nelson.

GrassWorks is excited to announce that we are hiring a Program and Engagement Coordinator and we need your help to spread the word!  This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to help GrassWorks advance our educational and engagement initiatives. We are looking for someone with strong project management, partnership building, capacity building, event coordination, and logistical and administrative skills. Click here or see attachment for a full position description.

The Mississippi River Network seeks a qualified candidate to serve as Policy Manager. The candidate will work collaboratively among the small MRN staff team and 71 member organizations on federal, state, and local policy priorities related to the health of the Mississippi River. The Policy Manager will report to the Executive Director and oversee MRN practices related to federal, state, and local policy and advocacy work. The Policy Manager works collaboratively with MRN member organizations and the MRN Education and Outreach Director. Interested individuals can apply by sending their resume, cover letter, and three professional references to kmcginnis@1mississippi.org. The position will remain open until filled.

New resource conservation professionals across all sectors!  A Conservation Professionals’ Guide to Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Conservation Delivery with Historically Underserved Producers and Communities.  This can be use to align conservation efforts with the key principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

Kernza® in Context educational curriculum is live on Kernza.org

For educators and students, this curriculum is designed to introduce the dynamic story of Kernza® perennial grain within the context of communities, agroecosystems, and broader earth systems and to give learners the tools and ideas to create a perennial future. Although high school students are the primary audience, lessons and resources in this curriculum can be used in other contexts. View Kernza® in Context Lessons

The curriculum consists of lessons in various subjects, from science to art and English. Each lesson ranges from 60-120 minutes of class time to teach, with additional multi-day projects available for supplementary learning. Most lessons may be taught independently, with little extra context needed. However, lessons are also organized into modules around specific topics for more in-depth exploration.

2024 Summer Internship Opportunity U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center Cover crops, pollinators, and dairy nutrition, oh my!

The Precision Dairy Nutrition and Precision Conservation Crop Labs at the US Dairy Forage Research Center are looking for a highly motivated student interested in learning about cover crops, forages, precision dairy nutrition, and sustainable farming research. The student will have the opportunity to lead a small research project related to cover crops, pollinators, and dairy cattle nutrition and methane emissions associated with use of flowering and other cover crops for forage. The student, who will be mentored by Drs. Elizabeth French and José Franco, will conduct research both in our labs on the UW-Madison campus and at our 2,200-acre research farm near Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. Please send a cover letter and resume, including relevant job experience or coursework, to Elizabeth.French@usda.gov and Jose.Franco@usda.gov. Interviews will be conducted as applications are received. Applications Close: Once a qualified candidate is selected

The Savanna Institute will host its Perennial Farm Gathering in person in 2024 from Sunday, October 6th to Tuesday, October 8th at Monona Terrace in Madison. Free tours at Savanna Institute’s farm campus in Spring Green will be offered on Saturday, October 5th. The Perennial Farm Gathering, held each year for perennial food and farming enthusiasts, will be back in person for the first time in five years.

The RCAP public-facing website is live! See ag-resilience.org for detailed information about the RCAP, its purpose and research projects, as well as farmer resources and other tools.

The first in a series of infographics, illustrates the main features of crop diversity, perenniality, circularity, and the importance of forages. Download a high-resolution file for use in presentations and written media.

Agroforestry for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation - with Nate Lawrence and Monika Shea

Jacob Grace talks with Savanna Institute researchers Nate Lawrence and Monika Shea, who dig into the details of agroforestry for climate. LISTEN

Midwest Grazing Exchange: Grazing Cover Crop Stories

Get excited! In the upcoming weeks, the Midwest Grazing Exchange will be publishing success stories of graziers and landowners using grazing to improve water and soil conservation practices across the Midwest. Can’t wait? Get a sneak peek of Wendy’s experience here: “For Wendy Johnson, relationships come first in contract grazing. Wendy owns Jóia Food and Fiber Farm, a highly diversified crop and livestock operation on about 130 acres near Charles City, Iowa. Wendy believes that moving beyond the transactional relationship is key....’We are in the business of building relationships with these livestock producers, not just a simple, ‘Oh, you have pasture? I need pasture.’” To stay up to date on releases, make sure to follow the Wallace Center on all social media platforms and stay tuned to the Midwest Grazing Exchange website! [Click here to be updated as stories are posted]

Equity Livestock is hiring a Livestock Operations and Patron Services Specialist out of their Baraboo corporate office. Excellent opportunity for those of you who have an interest in Livestock Marketing.  Equity, Wisconsin’s largest livestock marketing cooperative, is also one of the nation’s largest livestock marketing organizations. Service to its members is a primary obligation of all employees. The responsibility of the Livestock Operations & Patron Services Specialist is to positively conduct activities and services under the direction of the Jr. Vice President of Marketing. The role of this position is to provide assistance to the Commodities, Sheep and Calf division, as well as non-auction operations staff. This position will conduct daily tasks in a manner that meets all Cooperative policies, and manage daily responsibilities in accordance with established goals, plans, procedures, and budgets as directed by the Jr. Vice President of Marketing and Chief Operations Officer

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