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100 Isle of Capri Blvd Boonville, Missouri
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TUESDAY MARCH 6TH
JAY FUHRER is a Soil Health Specialist employed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, in Bismarck, ND. Growing up on a small grain and livestock farm, Jay’s interests have always centered on agriculture. Jay emphasizes Soil Health as a foundation for cropping systems, grazing systems, cover crops, soil biology, pollinators, insects, wildlife, and quality of life. In addition, Jay uses cover crops and livestock integration to connect the cropping and grazing systems together, raising the soil health bar even higher.
RODNEY RULON was raised on the family farm near Arcadia, Indiana. He completed his Agricultural Systems Management B.S. degree from Purdue University in 1993, and went on to earn his M.S. degree in Agricultural Systems Management in 1996.
Rodney returned to the family farm and joined Ken and Roy as full partners in Rulon Enterprises in 1997. He has been responsible for leading the farms development of a production system focused on Maximum Economic Yield. This approach includes the cost to society of erosion and nutrient leaching. He manages the farm’s drainage system design, soil sampling and fertility, and conservation programs. He continues to develop the farms cover crop program to improve soil health.
Rodney currently serves as President of the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. He is also a Trustee of the Arcadia Church of the Brethren.
The farm received the No-Till Farmer Magazine’s, National No-Till Innovator Award in 2011 based upon Rodney’s efforts focused on improving soil health and the economics of conservation production practices.
Dr. SHALAMAR ARMSTRONG, Dr Armstrong is an Assistant Professor of Soil Conservation and Management in the Department of Agronomy at Purdue University. He holds a B.S. degree in Plant and Soil Science from Southern University, a M.S. in Soil Fertility from Alabama A&M University, and a Ph.D. in Agronomy from Purdue University. The overarching objective of his research program is to determine the agronomic, environmental, and economic benefits of cover crop inclusion within conventional and alternative nitrogen management systems on multiple scales: plot, field, and watershed. The impact of Dr. Armstrong's research program has been recognized by several awards and numerous invited presentations to share his research findings with farmers, agricultural commodity groups, extension agents, and state/government soil conservation agents. Dr. Armstrong gains the greatest satisfaction as a professor when transferring knowledge to others from his research findings, and during the process of developing and training graduate students to be future soil scientists.
EDDIE HOFF, is a third-generation farmer and a certified seed producer from Boonville, Missouri. After years of fine-tuning a no-till program started by his father in the 1970s, he has a no-till system that has improved yields and soil quality on nearly 1,200 acres of wide-ranging soils and cropping programs.
Eddie is out to prove that Wheat has yet to reach its full potential in Missouri. Eddie will explain how he has used intensive wheat management to boost yields and improve the soil on his farm.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 7TH
JIM GERRISH's, experience includes over 20 years of beef-forage systems research and outreach while on the faculty of the University of Missouri, as well as 20 years of commercial cattle and sheep production on their family farm in northern Missouri. The University of Missouri - Forage Systems Research Center rose to national prominence as a result of his research leadership. His research encompassed many aspects of plant-soil-animal interactions and provides foundation for many of the basic principles of Management-intensive Grazing.
He was co-founder of the very popular 3-day grazing management workshop program at FSRC. These schools were attended by over 3000 producers and educators from 39 states and 4 Canadian provinces from their inception in 1990 through 2003 when Jim left MU. At least sixteen other states have conducted grazing workshops based on the Missouri model and Jim has taught in twelve of these states. He is a key instructor in the University of Idaho’s Lost River Grazing Academy held near Salmon, ID each June and September.
Before moving to Idaho, Jim was deeply involved in the Green Hills Farm Project, a grassroots producer group centered in north-central Missouri and emphasizing sustainability of family farms. His research and outreach efforts have been recognized with awards from the American Forage and Grassland Council, Missouri Forage and Grassland Council, National Center for Appropriate Technology, USDA-NRCS, the Soil and Water Conservation Society, Progressive Farmer, and American Agricultural Editor’s Association.
MATT BOATRIGHT, owns and operates Maplewood Acres Farm with his wife, Jennifer, daughter Hannah and son David his wife, Mariah. Maplewood Acres Farm is a grass-based seed stock production farm that encompasses 775 acres in eastern Pettis County, Missouri. He raises Red Angus and Polled Hereford breeding stock along with commercial Kiko/Boer/Texmaster goats and Hair sheep, in a management intensive grazing system (MIG). Breeding bulls and heifers are bred, raised, and developed on the farm and bulls and females are merchandised annually through a pen priced, open house bull sale. Commercial meat goats and hair sheep complement the pasture management system and are also merchandised for commercial seed stock.
He emphasizes low-input management with increased fertility, parasite resistance, good structure and great dispositions in our breeds and uses multiple species to manage the grass and improve the soil on the farm. He practices management-intensive grazing, moving the livestock one to four times a week to improve the health of the soil, maximize gain and to help with parasite control in the livestock. He also uses cover crops for grazing, soil improvement and winter feed, allowing us the ability to meet the demands of our various livestock species on a year-round basis.
Matt and his family are champions of agriculture and see themselves as stewards of one of our state and nations most precious resource…its land and food. As an early adopter of Management Intensive Grazing, Matt champions its use and has seen firsthand the benefits to his livestock and his land through this management practice. Matt is currently Vice President, Commercial and Agriculture lending at Central Bank of Sedalia and has served Missouri's citizens and agriculture industry as State Representative and Deputy Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture