The Sustainable Farming Association, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, is working to increase and improve the amount of regenerative grazing within the prairie pothole region of west and northwest Minnesota. The new Technical Assistance for Grazing program aims to provide technical assistance to 20 graziers in this region. Participants in the program will receive an on-farm assessment of their operation; development of a grazing plan; training on adaptive grazing, fencing techniques and equipment; stockmanship training; implementation of soil health principles; and networking opportunities with other graziers

The program is designed to offer one-on-one boots on the ground training to farmers wanting to begin, improve upon, or expand their grazing enterprise. Over two years participants will work one-on-one with our SFA staff and participate in field days where they will learn from and interact with other graziers in this program. 

The program covers Becker, Benton, Cass, Clay, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Kittson, Mahnomen, Marshall, Morrison, Norman, Ottertail, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, Stearns, Todd and Wadena counties. 

Those who would like to participate and improve their grazing management should contact the SFA Soil Health Lead, Jared Luhman, at (507) 271-5968 or jared@sfa-mn.org. They can also apply online at http://bit.ly/sfagrazingapplication.

This article was submitted by the Sustainable Farming Association.

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