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The UMN Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC) will hold its annual Organic Field Day on Wednesday, July 10, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The field day includes a tradeshow, field tour of organic research projects, and presentations on organic farming. The featured presentations and speakers are:

  • Growing Organic Soybeans: Successes and Challenges – Carmen Fernholz, Organic farmer/owner of A-Frame Farm in Madison, MN
  • Kernza®: A new perennial grain crop for organic transition and forage production – Mitch Hunter and Manbir Rakkar, University of Minnesota Post-Doctoral Associates
  • Integrating cover crops for soil health and grazing – Kathleen Delate, Extension Organic Specialist at Iowa State University
  • Soil health in Minnesota – Anna Cates, State Soil Health Specialist with the Minnesota Office for Soil Health

On Wednesday, July 10th, Organic Field Day registration and the tradeshow are from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. The plot tour will begin at 9:45 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:45 a.m., and speaker presentations at 12:45 p.m. Registration costs $25.00 and includes refreshments, lunch, and handouts. Pre-register online at or by calling 507-752-7372. Please pre-register by Friday, July 5 to help us better accommodate for lunch. In the event of inclement weather, please check the SWROC website for weather-related announcements.

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