Prairie Organics: Think Whole Farm

Title: Prairie Organics: Think Whole Farm
Location: Richardson International Auditorium, Winnipeg MB
Description: February 18 and 19, 2016

Are you interested in learning how other livestock producers are improving their environmental performance AND their bottom line?

Prairie Organics: Think Whole Farm will expose you to new ways of thinking about your livestock operation. Consider a few of the sessions below.

*Tom Frantzen runs an integrated organic crop-livestock system in northeastern Iowa. Frantzen employs a five year crop rotation that integrates annual cropping with forages and livestock grazing. Frantzen will share his strategy for building a successful farm enterprise using principles he’s gleaned from Holistic Management and the classic business management text Good to Great by James Collins.

*Jay Fuhrer and Todd McPeak Jay is a Conservationist and Todd is a rancher – both based in North Dakota. The team will review how cattle and the carbon cycle are used as tools to regenerate soils. The McPeak Grass and Cattle Ranch is used as a case study to explore Jay’s experiments with soil monitoring data for carbon, respiration, live biology, and nutrient cycling.

Beef Producer Panel with Todd McPeak, Brian Harper and Ryan Boyd, moderated by Jay Fuhrer. Producers will provide advice and answer your questions about how to improve your bottom line while reducing the environmental footprint of your beef operation.

Joanne Thiessen Martens and Ian Grossart Joanne is a researcher in the Natural Systems Laboratory at the University of Manitoba and Ian is an organic farmer from the Brandon area. Both researcher and practitioner have come to the same conclusion; significant economic and agronomic benefits can be realized by integrating livestock into organic cropping systems.

*Chris Boettcher runs a family farm in midwestern Ontario. He sees himself as the conductor of a complex farm business that includes multiple components that work synergistically to create a balanced and resilient farm ecosystem. Chris will explain how integrating a rotational sheep grazing system with field crops and vegetables makes both agronomic and financial sense.

Dorothy Marshall will help you to explore management practices to prevent disease and natural remedies that can be used in multiple species to treat health problems if they do arise. All are allowed under the Canadian Organic Standard. No “eye of newt or hair of dragon”, but simple readily accessible treatments with good science are included.

The full program is available at:

Registration Options:

Full two day pass, including lunch and snacks is $125
One day passes are available for $80, includes lunch and snacks for Thursday or Friday

Two day webcast $50 – note that only the sessions in Richardson Auditorium will be live streamed. Talks marked with an asterisk above will be webcasted.

For those intending to attend in-person, be sure to register early as we cannot guarantee that tickets will be available at the door.
Start Date: 02-18-2016
End Date: 02-19-2016