Soil Conservation Expert to speak at Grass Farmers Network Conference

Gabe Brown, farmer and rancher from Bismarck, North Dakota, will deliver the keynote address at the Maine Grass Farmers Network annual conference scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 21 at Kennebec Valley Community College, 92 Western Ave., Fairfield.

Brown, a pioneer of soil conservation farming, practices integration of crop and livestock production and no-till methods of farming to improve soil health and increase profits. Conference sessions will feature marketing grass-fed livestock products, forage quality and animal welfare in the livestock industry. Speakers include Don Hoenig, retired Maine state veterinarian and president of MIM consulting; and Jason Rowantree, Michigan State University assistant professor of beef cattle and forage utilization.

Cost is $70 for MGFN members, $85 for others. Lunch is included. The schedule and registration information are online. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Waldo County office, 342.5971, 800.287.426 (in Maine).