Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sustaining Agricultural Production

The Center for Rural Affairs sponsored a Sustainable Ag Workshop/Farm tour today in Milford. Being a former member of the Board of CFRA for a number of years, I gave up a golfing day to participate. Dave & Deb Welsch who have been involved as Certified Organic producers for nearly 20 years, discussed their operation. They live near Milford and the tour was to their farm. The CFRA has also been involved with "Beginning Farmers" and "Land Link" programs which are programs to replace an aging farmer population. The Welsch's have been involved for the past 5 years with a young family from Minnesota who are "transitioning" to take over the Welsch operation. Don Jirsa of Milford also talked of his rotational grazing system under a pivot irrigation system. His program is interesting from the intense grazing but also his breeding program to produce smaller cattle. It was great to see Kathie Starkweather from the Center, but also to visit with Tom Pesek, Larry Hudkins and other old friends. The picture is from the Welsch home page. 

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