The Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition and UNL Extension are hosting noted soil health advocate Gabe Brown on a four-day, eight-stop road show across Nebraska. Along with his wife Shelly, and son Paul, Gabe owns and operates a diversified farm and ranch near Bismarck, N.D. The Browns holistically integrate grazing and no-till cropping, which includes multi-species cover crops with all-natural grass fed beef, poultry and sheep.
For more than 15 years, Brown has merged basic agrarian practices with innovative science-based sustainable farming techniques. This diversity and integration has regenerated the natural resources on the ranch without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides.
Wildlife thrives. Whitetail deer, sharptail grouse, pheasants, partridge, turkey, raptors, coyotes, fox and many non-game species make their home on the 5,000 acre ranch, which is two miles from the city of Bismarck.
More than 2,000 people visit the Browns ranch each year to see the operation, with visitors from all 50 states and 15 foreign countries.
Brown has been an invited speaker across the U.S. and beyond. He was honored with the NRDC's 2012 Growing Green Awards winner in the food producer category.
"For Gabe, healthy soil is the renewable resource that sustains all," Bolze said.
By making use of a 100 percent zero-till cropping system, mob grazing, polyculture cover crop and polyculture cash crop rotations, he has transformed conventional grazing and cropping operations into models of regenerative agriculture, Bolze said.
Brown's ranch also integrates its cow-calf and grass finished livestock operations with a highly diverse cropping rotation, which includes more than 25 different cash and cover crops, resulting in high yields and strong net profits.
His trailblazing work has made him a leader in regenerative ranch management, Bolze said.
He will talk about:
Decreasing inputs, increasing yields.
Livestock missed income opportunity.
Producing corn for $1.42/bu.
Regenerating your soil.
Opportunities to bring the next generation into the operation.
Lowering cow wintering costs.
He will speak:
Monday, Nov. 18
Sidney - 9:30 AM 1:30 p.m. (MT time) at the Cheyenne Co. 4-H Building. Contact Aaron Berger, UNL Extension Office in Banner, Kimball and Cheyenne Counties, 308-235-3122.
Curtis - 59 p.m. at the Nebraska Ag Industry Education Center, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. Contact Barb Scharf, UNL Extension Office in Frontier County, 308-367-4424 or 888-367-4424.
Tuesday, Nov. 19
Hastings - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Adams County Fairgrounds. Contact Ron Seymour, UNL Extension Office in Adams County, 402-461-7209.
Auburn - 5-9 p.m. at the Nemaha County Hospital. Contact Gary Lesoing, UNL Extension Office in Nemaha County, 402-274-4755.
Wednesday, Nov. 20
Norfolk - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Time Square Event Center. Contact Wayne Ohnesorg, UNL Extension Office in Madison County, 402-370-4040.
Scotia - 59 p.m. at the Scotia Community Center. Contact Heather DePra, UNL Extension in the Central IV Counties, 308-728-5071.
Thursday, Nov. 21
Ainsworth - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Ainsworth Conference Center. Contact Dennis Bauer, UNL Extension in Brown, Keya Paha and Rock Counties, 800-634-8951.
Chadron - 5-9 p.m. (MT time) Chadron State College, Student Center. Contact Scott Cotton, UNL Extension Office in Dawes County, 308-432-3373.
The cost is $15, which covers the cost of the meal. NGLC will pick up the cost of all student registrations. Must preregister by Nov. 11 to reserve a meal by calling the UNL Extension office indicated. Registrations will be taken until the room is full.
For more information, contact Ron Bolze, Coordinator, Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition, 402-321-0067 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org.