2019 Managing for Stewardship Workshops to Explore Soil Building on Rented Farmland

Do you own farmland and want to make sure it is taken care of using good stewardship practices? During the winter of 2019, there will be a series of “Managing for Stewardship” workshops, presented by the Land Stewardship Project, in collaboration with Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the League of Women Voters and the Izaak Walton League. These workshops are for farmland owners, retired farm men and women, those inheriting a farmland investment and farmers who would like to invest in soil building on rented land. The workshops will be offered in three separate locations. Bring your landowner/renter or attend independently. Click here for a flyer.

First Series

The first in the series of workshops, “Intro to Land Management and Stewardship Communication” will be held: Thursday, Jan. 10, at Vinje Church, 1101 Willmar Ave. SW, Willmar; Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Roseville Lutheran Church, 1215 W. Roselawn Ave, Roseville; and Thursday, Jan. 17, at Wedgewood Cove, 2200 W 9th St., Albert Lea. Suggested donation is $20, which includes a noon meal and toolkit.

We will talk about soil health, review resources for landowners and farmers, have a panel of farmers and landowners to answer your questions and learn how to start some of the difficult conversations about increasing stewardship on rental land. Attendees will receive a toolkit of resources. Key discussion points include:

  • What is the farmland legacy you will leave for the next generation?
  • How do we enhance the productive value of farmland?
  • Balancing short-term returns with investing in farmland as a productive asset.
  • What’s the relationship between soil health, water quality and climate change?
  • Building soil health on rented land—what does it take?
  • Creating opportunities for young farmers on the land.

The keynote speaker at the Roseville and Albert Lea workshops will be Kristin Brennan, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service assistant state soil scientist for Minnesota. LSP’s Robin Moore will deliver the soil health presentation at the Willmar workshop. The speakers will address what soil health means, why landowners should care about it, and what they can do to improve their soil health.

The workshops will also feature a panel discussion with farmers, landowners and Soil and Water Conservation District staff .

Second Series

The second series of workshops, "Digging Deeper into Conservation," will have a morning session for women landowners only (lunch is included for morning and afternoon participants). All are welcome in the afternoon which will feature panel discussions and Q&A with legal, financial and agency experts, as well as farmers and landowners. Sessions will be held: Thursday, Feb. 7, at Vinje Church, Willmar; Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Roseville Lutheran Church in Roseville; and Thursday, Feb. 14, at Wedgewood Cove, Albert Lea.

To register for any of these workshops, or for more information, see the links in the right-hand column.

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