February 13, 2018 - February 14, 2018

Holyoke, Colorado

FEBRUARY 13-14, 2018

Make plans now to join farmers and ranchers at the 2018 Farming Evolution event on February 13 and 14, 2018. The Event will be held at the Phillips County Event Center in Holyoke, Colorado. The focus this year will be on incorporating cover crops and livestock grazing into a no-till system. Those who have doubts or objections to cover crops and grazing livestock on cropland are particularly encouraged to attend.

Allen Williams will be the primary speaker. Allen Williams is a 6th generation family farmer turned consultant. He as visited with 4200 farmers and ranchers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South America. Allen is featured in the YouTube video series Soil Carbon Cowboys (www.soilcarboncowboys.com).

Allen looks forward to an open and honest dialogue with the audience. He wants to hear the objections and questions people have on soil health, cover crops and grazing cropland. Open conversations are what the science is about, Allen feels. He wants to look at the hard questions from all sides.

Joining Allen will be Jonathan Lundgren. Jon is the founder of Blue Dasher Farms. This network focuses on studying practices and farming systems that are adapted to the northern plains and upper Midwest. Jon will help attendees understand what biodiversity is. Then he’ll look at why it is important, how it works, and the science behind it.

Tying directly into Jon’s talk will be Julie Peterson, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Julie’s research looks at the impacts of beneficial insects on Colorado and Nebraska cash crops. In particular, she has looked at the Western Bean Cutworm and Western Corn Rootworm.

On day two, Allen will get to the ‘brass tacks’ of how to implement these ideas on the farm. This will be a working session where producers can share information about their operation and get feedback from Allen. He will also discuss how one can access the value added grassfed market, if desired.

Ag businesses are invited to participate as exhibitors. Booths are $150 and include 8 ft. of table space and two lunch tickets for each day. Contact Joe Crowder at the Haxtun Conservation District to register. The District office located in the USDA building in Holyoke. Or, you may call 970-854-2812 ext. 3 or email Joe at Haxtuncd@gmail.com. Spaces are limited.

The full agenda, registration and lodging information will be available after November at www.farmingevolution2018.eventbrite.com

The Haxtun, Sedgwick, West Greeley and Yuma County Conservation Districts, the Upper Republican Natural Resource District, NRCS, Nebraska and Colorado SWCS Chapters, and Phillips County Pheasants Forever sponsor the Farming Evolution.

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