Cover Crops & Grazing for Soil Health
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Join the Pasture Project and soil and livestock expert Dr. Allen Williams for three events on using adaptive livestock grazing principles and practices on cover crops to improve soil health, productivity and financial gain.  Tips on how to trouble-shoot common management challenges on different operations will be covered, with host farms sharing their experiences with the practice.

Topics Include:

     Five Principles of Soil Health and Adaptive Stewardship

     How to Design Cover Crop Mixes

     Nutrient Management

     Considerations for Grazing Cattle on Cover Crop

Dr. Allen Williams

Allen Williams is a 6th generation family farmer and founding partner of Understanding Ag, LLC, Grass Fed Insights, LLC, and a partner in Joyce Farms, Inc. He has consulted with more than 4,200 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 pioneered many of the early adaptive grazing protocols and forage finishing techniques and has spent the last fifteen years refining those. He is a "recovering academic," having served fifteen years on the faculty at Louisiana Tech University and Mississippi State University. He holds a BS and MS in Animal Science from Clemson University and a Ph.D. in Livestock Genetics from LSU. He has authored more than 400 scientific and popular press articles, and is an invited speaker at regional, national, and international conferences and symposia. His major areas of research and business focus include soil health, cover crop/livestock integration, adaptive forage and grazing management, high attribute pasture-based meat production, and alternative marketing systems.

Allen and his colleagues specialize in whole farm and ranch planning based on the concept of regenerative agriculture. Their approach creates significant "value add" and prepares the landowner for multiple enterprise/revenue stream opportunities that stack enterprises and acres. This approach allows for enhanced profitability and/or investment value. They routinely conduct workshops and seminars across North America.

Saturday, August 24, 2019 

8:30 am - 4 pm

Bauman Farms

Grant & Casey Bauman

2230 Buncombe Road

Vienna, IL 62995


Bauman Farms is a diverse cattle operation located just outside of Vienna, IL.  It is operated by Grant and Casey Bauman, along with two daughters Hadley and Brett.  We run a South Poll/ Red Angus cow-calf herd, develop heifers, and background feeder cattle on pasture.  We strive to work with nature to improve our soils and grass, all while keeping inputs low with an optimal level of production.  We utilize different levels of rotational grazing, by grazing cover crops and with flex stocking to help reach our goals of maintaining healthy soils, healthy grass, and healthy cattle that lead to a profitable cattle operation.

Friday, August 23, 2019
Greg Rebman

25159 Boston Lane

Beardstown, IL  62639


Greg Rebman and his wife, Judy have six children.  They are farming their 42nd season this year.  Crops grown:  Corn, soybeans, wheat, rye, clover and alfalfa hay and specialty crops of Non-GMO corn, beans, waxy corn, hard endosperm corn, and white corn.   Greg has served on a variety of committees such as Farm Bureau, local SWCD, church and over 22 years as commissioner of Coal Creek Drainage and Levee District.  Still learning.

Wednesday, August 28
Jon Dana

15705 Waller Road

Richmond, MO 64085

8:30 am - 4 pm

Lunch provided