Education & Training Opportunities
NRCS Training Days
A recent partnership that began to come to fruition this summer was with Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). The main goal of this partnership is to educate NRCS employees that work with farmers. We held two different field days this summer with NRCS field technicians that attended from across the state of Minnesota. Each field day had about 20 participants. The first field day was in July and covered planting, irrigation, cover crops, crop rotation, and equipment ride n’ drive. The second field day was in November and focused on cover cropping and grazing, yield maps, drone technology, and fall tillage. Internships have been offered to natural resource students as a result of this partnership with NRCS . Another goal of this partnership is to learn more about conservation practices soil health particularly through cover crops and grazing. Work continues to be completed up on the Byron fields with establishing cover crops and grazing them with cows in the spring or fall depending upon when the forage is there. Kent Solberg with the SFA has also been instrumental in establishing curriculum and presented at the C2A3 conference.
Community College Alliance for Agriculture Advancement is midwest community colleges with strong agricultural programs and traditions have joined together in a national consortium to sign a memorandum of understanding with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS).
This collaboration, which also includes USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE), was born out of a mutual desire
to provide more ongoing education, training and demonstration to future farm producers and agricultural service providers with the goal of improving the health, and therefore the long–term productivity, resilience, and sustainability of the soil.
To learn more about the C2A3 Alliance go to agalliance.net
This trial is funded through a grant received in collaboration with 9 other colleges throughout the Midwest. The goal is to improve soil health. CLC helped orchestrate cover crops and grazing of these cover crops up on Byron #5. The cattle were integrated into the system after harvest in October and grazed for 21 days. Haney tests are being used to determine the benefits of cover cropping and cattle integration into the system.