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Pasture Profitability Field Day planned near Wadena

The Sustainable Farming Association (SFA) has three grazing-focused workshops coming up in the next month or so, continuing its commitment to grass-fed livestock production.

The first is a Pasture Profitability Field Day at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 29 near Wadena, where attendees will tour two farms and glean expert advice on pasture-based livestock farming. The event begins at Ivan and Dayle Reinke's farm at 62619 285th St, off County Road 75 just south of Wadena. Kent Solberg, SFA Livestock and Grazing Specialist, will present on pasture-based profit opportunities for beef producers, followed by a presentation on stockpiled forages for fall grazing and outwintering techniques by the Reinkes and Jeff Duchene, NRCS Grazing Specialist.

The group will caravan to lunch at Harvest Thymes Bistro in Wadena, then head to Tom Bilek's farm for a session by Bilek on cover-crop uses for beef producers. The field day should wrap up around 3:30; Cost is $10, which includes lunch. For more information, contact Kent Solberg at (218) 445-7580 or

Next is another Pasture Profitability tour Oct. 6 in Edgerton at the farm of Bob Schelhass. Planned is a pasture walk and discussion about forages and direct marketing of beef. Check the next edition of SFA Connect and the SFA Facebook page for more information about registration for this tour.

Finally, SFA is sponsoring a farming workshop for war veterans on the benefits of draft animals from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at Central Lakes College Ag Center, Staples. The event hopes to help returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans get involved in farming, and demonstrations include horse farming methods and other opportunities for working with draft animals. Iraq war veteran Mike Sams will lead a tour of his farm nearby and will deliver a keynote address.

There will also be a hands-on interactive session for the aspiring farmers to assess their goals and dreams, as well as a beginning farmer resource trade show. Lunch is provided, and the event is free for veterans and their families. For registration details and more information on this workshop, keep watching SFA Connect and its Facebook page.