Make plans now to join farmers and ranchers at the 2018 Farming Evolution event.  The Farming Evolution will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, February 13 & 14, 2018, at the Phillips County Event Center in Holyoke, CO.  The focus this year will be incorporating cover crops and livestock grazing into a no-till system.  Those who have doubts or objections to cover crops and grazing livestock on cropland are particularly encouraged to attend.

Allen Williams will be the primary speaker.  Allen Williams is a 6th generation family farmer and founding partner of Grass Fed Beef, LLC, Grass Fed Insights, LLC, and a partner in Joyce Farms, Inc. He has consulted with more than 4200 farmers and ranchers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South America on operations ranging from a few acres to over 1 million acres.

Allen looks forward to an open and honest dialogue about objections and questions people have on soil health, cover crops and grazing cropland.  Open conversations are what the science is about, Allen feels, and he wants to look at the hard questions from all sides.

Joining Allen will be Jonathan Lundgren.  Jon is the founder of Blue Dasher Farms, which is focused on investigating the practices and farming systems that are adapted to the northern plains and upper Midwest. Jon will help attendees understand why biodiversity is important, how it works, and the science behind it.

Tying directly into Jon’s talk will be Julie Peterson, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Julie’s research emphasis is on the impacts of beneficial insects on the cash crops common to Eastern Colorado and Western Nebraska.  Her recent research focuses on encouraging beneficial insects that attack the Western Bean Cutworm and Western Corn Rootworm.

On day two, Allen will get to the ‘brass tacks’ of how to implement these ideas on the farm.  This will be a working session where producers can share information about their operation and get feedback from Allen.  He will also discuss how one can access the value added grassfed market, if desired.

Ag businesses are invited to participate as exhibitors.  Contact Joe Crowder at the Haxtun Conservation District located at 1280 SW Interocean Dr., in the USDA building in Holyoke.   Call 970-854-2812 ext. 3 or email Joe at Haxtuncd@gmail.com.  Booths are $150 and include 8 ft. of table space and two lunch tickets for each day.  Spaces are limited due to room capacity.

The full agenda, registration and lodging information will be available after November 1st at www.farmingevolution2018.eventbrite.com