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Ogallala Field Day: Coming Together at the Water Table

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Date October 27, 2021
Time 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST
Location Hereford Civic Center - Hereford, Texas
Registration Required Yes
Fee Description $50


Making every drop of rain count! In uncertain times like these, farming and ranching can be stressful. Solutions seem hard to come by. It can be reassuring to know that some folks within the Ogallala Aquifer Region are finding ways to improve their situation. Come hear their High Plains successes and explore how you might want to try out some of the practical techniques with little risk. 

The Hereford event will conclude over a month of Regenerate 2021 field days being hosted by a collaboration of Holistic Management International, the Quivira Coalition, and the American Grassfed Association. Sponsors for the Hereford event will also include the Dixon Water Foundation, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, NCAT Soil for Water, and the Tecovas Foundation. Topics for the field days are related to the overall theme of Weaving Water, Land, and People.

Think it would require too much? Then come visit a farm where the farmer is making a profit, even in our brittle environment. Hear from a rancher who is consistently able to turn a profit even during times of drought because he planned ahead for grazing management and livestock numbers. 

See how the research backs up the farmers’ and ranchers’ approaches. Dr. Richard Teague, Professor Emeritus from Texas A&M Grazing Program, and Pancho Abello, an agriculture economist from Texas A&M Agriculture Extension, validate these approaches for improving soil health and water infiltration to make it work for you in the fields.  

The benefits learned by these farmers and ranchers are multi-fold including improving your land and even have the potential to help recharge our struggling water systems.

  • Dr. Richard Teague will speak about his research on how Planned Grazing improves soil health and is a sustainable base to improve ecosystem function and ranch/farm production. 
  • No-till farmers, RN Hopper and farmer Chris Grotecut will illustrate principles they each use that mend the soil and will measure economic advantages of using rotational crops and animal integration. They’ll cover the steps on how you can use less water and instead capture more water PLUS gain more profits! We’ll also visit Chris’ nearby farm to see firsthand how he is doing just that.
  • Pancho Abelló, an agricultural economist from Texas A&M, will speak on trends and implications of water shortages both locally and globally, highlighting the harsh realities, challenges, and possible solutions.
  • HMI’s Wayne Knight will speak about his experiences with deleted water for his community in South Africa as well as his success at improving water infiltration and water holding capacity of the soils on his family’s ranch in South Africa. He will introduce HMI’s programs which support farmers in transitioning to new production methods with peer support and mentorship.

We’ll bring together ranchers, farmers, scientists, economists, concerned citizens, and water district managers at this special Field Day to discuss the exciting things happening with the Ogallala aquifer and soil health of the High Plains. So pull up a chair and join us at the water table!

Registration

$50, includes lunch
Registration Deadline: Oct 19, 2021

Click here to for registration information.

COVID-19 Policy:

Of note, the format and/or requirements for event attendance may change in light of shifting CDC and state public health guidelines. HMI will make every effort to communicate these changes in a timely fashion.

Additional Documents

For more information, please contact: Holistic Management International, 505-842-5252