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Published August 28, 2010, 12:00 AM

Pasture walk is Tuesday at Morris

MORRIS — There will be a pasture walk and workshop next week to learn about grazing pasture management and the requirements under the National Organic Rule. This event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the West Central Research & Outreach Center in Morris.

By: Tribune News, West Central Tribune

MORRIS — There will be a pasture walk and workshop next week to learn about grazing pasture management and the requirements under the National Organic Rule. This event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the West Central Research & Outreach Center in Morris.

The 2008 decision to transition a portion of the dairy herd at the University of Minnesota West Central Research & Outreach Center to an organic production system has provided a unique opportunity to set new directions in research, teaching and outreach at the Morris site. Dr. Dennis Johnson will lead this walk and workshop and discuss the applicable research being conducted at the outreach center for successful grazing of an organic dairy heard.

Johnson has been with the center since 1968 and has been the lead researcher in transitioning the herd to organic.

Jeff Duchene, grazing specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will lead a discussion about grazing management strategies, fertility management on pasture, weed control, pasture seeding and plant identification.

Doran Holm from Organic Valley will all also be on hand to share applicable pasture management information from Organic Valley.

This field day is geared towards the Natural Resources Conservation Service, other ag educators and farmers who want to learn more about pasture management in an organic dairy system and is being co-sponsored by Land Stewardship Project, Organic Valley and the West Central Research & Outreach Center. For more information and to register contact Tom Taylor at 320-269-2105 or ttaylor@landstewardshipproject.

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