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Our Amazing Grasslands - Blaalid Family ~ Mitchell, South Dakota

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Blaalid Ranch in Mitchell, SD

The Blaalid family includes Mike, Libby, Hazel, August, Oliver, and Thea.

“Cows, I think, are probably one of the most important tools we can use to rebuild our soils from all the destruction we've caused. I think that it's very important to keep them on the landscape. So in order to do that, we need grass. And in order to keep grass, we need to show value to the landowner.”

Mike Blaalid

In this six and a half minute video, we visit with the Blaalid family in Mitchell, South Dakota. Mike Blaalid is a producer with a long term agreement with a non-operator landowner. Blaalid's vision is also long term, and he believes in improving the land as his children grow up and begin to contribute to the operation.

The South Dakota Grassland Coalition (SDGC) partnered with the organizations listed below to enhance the Grassland Planner with a release of a short video story each month during 2023, promoting healthy soils, grasslands, and ecosystems. Please enjoy the "Our Amazing Grasslands" feature story for November 2023.

2023 Grassland Stewardship Communications Project Partners:  SDGC, Audubon Dakota, Ducks Unlimited, Partners for Fish and Wildlife, South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, The Nature Conservancy, Pheasants Forever, South Dakota Soil Health Coalition, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and South Dakota State University.

The 2023 Grassland Planner is now available!
For a PDF copy, visit:
For a physical copy, contact the NRCS State Office at (605) 352-1200.
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If you missed previous "Our Amazing Grassland" stories, the links are below:
The 2023 Our Amazing Grassland stories:
January:  Ollila Family
February:  Breyer and Wollschlager Families
March:  Sander Family
April:  Fagerland Family
May:  Dutton Family
June:  Bien Family
July:  Holt Family
August:  Rasmussen-Lehman 33 Ranch
September:  Walkes Family
October:  Kammerer Family

Previous years Our Amazing Grassland stories.