Land and Water Summer Tour set for July 25 near Motley

The “Land and Water” Summer Tour 2013 will take place Thursday, July 25, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., at the Ernie Haehnel Farm, 7012 92nd St. S.W., Motley.

Join neighbors and friends for a day of workshops covering topics ranging from feedlot rules on pasture, to water quality, managing pastures and a pasture walk to view in-place practices and results.

This year the summer tour concentrates on best practices for livestock production on pastures and how those practices can work to insure water quality and minimize impacts such as runoff.

Speakers this year are: Samantha Adams, MPCA feedlot officer; Kevin Stroom, a water quality specialist in Crow Wing county; Jeff Duchene, grazing specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service; and Ernie Haehnel, cow/calf and sheep livestock producer.

During the course of the day there will be opportunities to talk with speakers and ask questions. The “Land and Water Summer Tour” is sponsored by these organizations: Leader Lions, Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District, Happy Dancing Turtle, Whitefish Area Property Owners Association, MPCA and the Central Regional Partnership.

Summer Tour is an effort sponsored by all the stakeholders looking after the watershed. If you’re curious about the role you can play in helping the watershed, or if you are looking for an event where ideas are shared, then this is the perfect summer activity.

There is a fee to take part.

For information and registration contact Bill Smith at (218) 894-1956.