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Soil Health Practitioner Gabe Brown to Present at the 2017 Western Canada Conference on Soil Health and Grazing
Nora Paulovich, manager of North Peace Applied Research Association (NPARA) and conference chair is pleased to confirm Gabe Brown’s participation in the newly combined Western Canada Conference on Soil Health (WCCSH) and the Western Canadian Grazing Conference (WCGC) in 2017. A number of Alberta applied research and forage associations organize and present these popular events.
The combined conference will take place on December 5, 6 and 7th at the Radisson Hotel Edmonton South, with the theme “Profit Above and Wealth Below”.
The 2015 WCCSH featured Gabe Brown, soil health practitioner and producer from Bismarck North Dakota. “Gabe is really able to bring soil health and ag production into focus. People like to hear what he knows and what he has done,” says Paulovich, “and he likes to visit Alberta”.
Farming and ranching for soil health enhances biodiversity and increases biological activity, both of which are absent in current production technology. In both cases integrating plant diversity, keeping the soil covered, maintaining living roots as long as possible, and minimal soil disturbance leads to reduced crop inputs, greater infiltration and water holding capacity, and a myriad of environmental and social benefits. Soil health is greatly enhanced when practiced in conjunction with animal agriculture. “Gabe Brown is maybe the best at cropping and livestock integration” notes Paulovich.
Attendees will have the opportunity to attend two great conferences in one. “Some seats have been added, but interest is high and registrations may go quickly” cautions Paulovich. Registration information, agenda and speakers are being finalized and will be announced in the coming weeks. Current information is available at npara.ca