2003 Summer Symposium
 

NDSAS to Celebrate Sustainable Ag in Western North Dakota

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The 2003 Summer Symposium of the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society (NPSAS) will be held on Friday, July 18. Co-hosts for the event are the Dickinson Research Extension Center (DREC) and the Duane and Chantra Boehm family of Richardton, ND.

The Boehm family operates a diversified organic farm with beef cattle and small grains. They are cooperators in on-farm organic variety trials of hard red spring wheat and oats which were recently awarded funding from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. The symposium will highlight this project, as well as a number of other sustainable ag research projects currently underway at the DREC.

The DREC's sustainable ag research is led by Pat Carr, center agronomist. He has established a 67-acre grazing study comparing pasture-based cropping systems of wheat-alfalfa and wheat-black medic. The center also hosts a small-plot forage legume screening trial and a long-term organic and tillage systems study.

While touring the research plots, participants will have the chance to celebrate a new research tool - an eight-acre field that the DREC is transitioning to be certified as organic in order to further research capabilities. Guests will have the opportunity to voice their ideas on how the field might be used to benefit sustainable farmers throughout the Northern Plains.

Finally, the symposium will offer tours of a llama ranch and woolery, its wind generators and a nearby organic grain cleaning and processing facility.

Registration at the DREC begins at 7 a.m. (MDT). For more information or to pre-register, contact Tonya Haigh at (605) 627-5862 or visit the NPSAS website at www.npsas.org.

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