LSP Field Day to Feature Nationally Known Soil Health Expert Ray Archuleta Aug. 18 in NE Iowa

SAINT ANSGAR, Iowa. — Nationally known soil health expert Ray Archuleta will be a featured presenter Wednesday, Aug. 18, at Red Rooster Ranch near Saint Ansgar. Besides Archuleta, this Land Stewardship Project (LSP) event will feature soil health presentations and break-out sessions where local farmers will discuss techniques such as roller crimping and cover cropping. The field day will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the fee is $30, which covers lunch. Red Rooster Ranch is northwest of Saint Ansgar at 1247 430th Street. For more information and to reserve a spot for this field day, see or contact LSP’s Maura Curry at 651-249-6308 or

Ray Archuleta is a certified professional soil scientist with the Soil Science Society of America and was with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for over three decades. After his retirement from the NRCS, he founded “Understanding Ag” to teach agroecology principles that can improve soil function on a national scale. He is a popular and inspiring soil health presenter.

Mervin and Cherlyn Beachy run Red Rooster Ranch and use soil building practices to raise grass-fed beef, all-natural pork and pastured chicken. Mervin is also the owner of Focus Forage and Consulting, which provides farmers with seed for forage and cover crop systems.

This field day is part of a series being put on by the Lewiston, Minn., office of the Land Stewardship Project. For information on LSP’s Soil Builders’ Network, see