Manure- Brown, Green, or Both: The Benefits and Challenges of Each
November 23 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
This workshop will have researcher and producer guest speakers, discussing manure and it’s various types & applications used for fertility in Organic production. From composted animal manure, to green manures, to grazing green manure, the speakers will share data, observations, techniques, benefits and challenges surrounding each application or method.
Program & Speakers:
- “Animal Manure as Fertilizer”
Darren Stovin, Provincial Environmental Engineer, Government of Saskatchewan
Darren Stovin is an environmental engineer with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture in Regina, Saskatchewan. He received a degree of bachelor of applied science in Environmental Systems Engineering from the University of Regina in 1999. Darren is primarily involved with the regulation of livestock operations in Saskatchewan. This has led to the investigation of manure properties in Saskatchewan including nitrogen and phosphorus. In 2015, he engaged officials from Manitoba and Alberta to evaluate book values for manure across the prairies. Darren has looked at manure samples from cattle, dairy and poultry operations to establish properties of manure in Saskatchewan.
- “Green is the new Black – Using plants to supply nutrients when livestock are not part of your farming operation.”
Sherri Roberts, AAg, Crops Extension Specialist, Government of Saskatchewan
Sherri Roberts is a professional Agrologist employed by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture in the Southeast part of the Province. She originally hails from Minnesota where she earned her degree in Agricultural Education.
- Blain Hjertaas, Redvers SK
21 years ago, Blain began changing his farm from industrial grain production to grass. Since that decision was made, the quality of life on the Hjertaas farm has gotten better, the finances considerably better and soil health vastly improved. Blain was exposed to holistic management in the early 2000’s and a few years later became a certified educator in holistic management. Blain is very passionate about the importance of soil carbon and has a number of sites he is monitoring in Sask. and Manitoba. Each hectare he farms, sequesters more carbon than the average Canadian’s yearly carbon footprint. Blain and Naomi have three children and 4 grandchildren. The oldest, Martin, has been farming with his parents for the past 10 years. Martin and Thyra operate a flock of 450 ewes and Blain and Naomi graze 120 cow calf pair in the summer months. Blain and Naomi were recently recognized for their land stewardship by receiving TESA (THE ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AWARD) from the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association.
- Duane Thompson, Kelliher SK
Duane & Paula Thompson own and operate Tee Two Land &Cattle Co in the Parkland Region near Kelliher. It is a family operation that focuses on the people and the land. With several young adult children that want to be involved, Regenerative Agriculture and managing our multi enterprise operation Holistically is a high priority so we can support more households.
- Kelsey Pletz, Fort Qu’Appelle SK
Kelsey and her husband Jeremy, along with their four kids, farm near Fort Qu’Appelle, SK. They have been certified organic since 1999, and the cattle certified since 2010. Their primary cereal crops are malt barley and oats. In the last couple of years, they have been incorporating multi-species blends into their crop and grazing rotation.
EARLY BIRD DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 18th AT MIDNIGHT! Pre-Registration is encouraged!
Early Bird: $50 for first person from farm/organization
$30 for additional delegate from farm/organization (max 3)
Door Price: $70 for first person from farm/organization
$50 for additional delegate from farm/organization (max 3)
*This workshop takes place during the Canadian Western Agribition and does not include the gate pass to the show.*
To Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/manure-brown-green-or-both-the-benefits-and-challenges-of-each-tickets-51434354539
Or Call: 306-535-3456
Thank you to the sponsors of this workshop!