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Annie Harman | Echo Press Farmers sit at a table during a breakout session with Wendy Taheri to further discuss her presentation on mycorrhizal fungi in cropping systems. (Annie Harman/Echo Press)1 / 2
About 140 farmers gathered at Arrowwood to hear presentations on soil health from Gabe Brown and others. 2 / 2

The Sustainable Farming Association (SFA) held its first Midwest Soil Health Summit on February 19 and 20 at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria. This was the first time the SFA has held such a conference.

About 140 people attended the two day event to listen to multiple speakers, including keynotes from Gabe Brown and Richard Bieber. Throughout the day there were breakout sessions for the participants to discuss further questions with the people who gave lectures.

SFA Communications Coordinator Jason Walker said the feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive and that people attended from all over the farming spectrum.

“The summit proves to a new crowd of farmers that sustainable doesn’t have to be a sacrifice,” said Walker. “Gabe spends about $1.44 on a bushel of corn, not the average $4-something. That’s proof that soil health can make a profit.”

Annie Harman
Annie Harman is a reporter for Echo Press and The Osakis Review. She grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a degree in print journalism and history in May 2012. Follow her on Twitter at annieharman
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