An Upper James River Soil Health Forum will be held on Wednesday, January 30th at the Spink Co. Fairgrounds. The keynote speaker will be Mr. Gabe Brown (see bio below). Dr. John Ball, SDSU Forester, will also be featured. He will be providing an update on Emerald Ash Bore, which over the next 5-10 years will have a large impact to the Redfield community along with all other communities throughout Spink Co. This is a great lineup of speakers presenting information on Soil Health Principals.
Gabe, along with his wife, Shelly, and son, Paul, own and operate a diversified 5,000 Acre farm and ranch near Bismarck, ND. Their ranch focuses on farming and ranching in nature’s image. They have holistically integrated their grazing and no-till cropping systems, which includes a wide variety of cash crops along with multi-species cover crops and all-natural grass-fed beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and eggs. This diversity and integration has regenerated the natural resources on the ranch with reductions/elimination of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides. More than 2,000 people visit the Brown Ranch annually to see this unique operation for themselves with visitors from all over the US and world. Gabe recently authored a book titled “Dirt to Soil: One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture” which describes his path in farming and ranching building soil health.