November Soil Health Summit features state, national speakers

The public is invited to a two-day soil health learning opportunity in Bismarck. “Soil Health Summit: Regenerating Soil with Diversity” will be held Nov. 7 and 8, 2018, at the National Energy Center of Excellence on the campus of Bismarck State College.

Staff Report

Featured speakers include the following:
• Derek Axten, Saskatchewan, Canada, farmer
• Dr. Dwayne Beck, Dakota Lakes Research Farm and South Dakota State University
• Gabe Brown, North Dakota farmer
• Jimmy Emmons, Oklahoma farmer
• Russell Hedrick, North Carolina farmer
• Dr. Jonathan Lundgren, South Dakota farmer and entomologist
• Jason Mauck, Indiana farmer
• Alan Newport, editor, Beef Producer Magazine
• Dr. Kris Nichols, Pennsylvania microbiologist
• Blaine Schmaltz and son Kent Schmaltz, North Dakota farmers
• Dr. Larry Skogen, Bismarck State College
• Loran Steinlage, Iowa farmer
• Lon Tonneson, editor, Dakota Farmer Magazine
• Jeremy Wilson, North Dakota farmer
The special luncheon speaker on Nov. 7 is Ken Miller, the recipient of the 2017 North Dakota Leopold Conservation Award. The award honors North Dakota landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources. Ken and his wife, Bonnie, operate Miller Ranch near Fort Rice.
Jay Fuhrer, a soil health specialist with Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) of North Dakota, will conduct speaker panel discussions at the end of each day.
Sponsors of the Nov. 7 and 8 Soil Health Summit are Burleigh County Soil Conservation District (SCD); Morton County SCD; Dakota Prairies RC&D Council; North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition; and NRCS.
This workshop is part of a project called “Healing the Land,” which expands the training and educational programming of Menoken Farm, Burleigh County SCD’s soil health demonstration site east of Bismarck.
For a full agenda on the Nov. 7 and 8 Soil Health Summit, or for more information on Menoken Farm and to see articles and videos of previous “Healing the Land” events, go
While there is no cost to attend, registrations are needed by Oct. 31 to reserve your seat and meals. To register, call Cindy Makedonski at Burleigh County SCD at 701-250-4518, ext. 3, or e-mail her at