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Clarion, Forest, and Venango Conservation Districts Partner for Grazing Field Day

Matt Havens, Soil Scientist at NRCS in Belmont, NY, demonstrates how to monitor the soil health in a grazing system at the Grazing Field Day held at the Wilson Land & Cattle Co. in Tionesta, PA, on Friday, October 14, 2022.

On October 14, 2022, approximately one hundred people gathered at the Wilson Land & Cattle Co. in Tionesta for a grazing field day, focusing on “improving land while lowering costs.” Clarion Conservation District, Venango Conservation District, and Forest County Conservation District were involved in the event. Russ Wilson, the farm owner, stated, “It was the best field day that we have had on our farm.”

Participants heard presentations on how to monitor the soil health in a grazing system, the ability of silvopasture and alley cropping to make pastures more profitable, soil health as a climate change solution, and how grazing systems help producers adapt to weather extremes. A rainfall simulator demonstration showed how different management affects the soil’s health and performance under intense rainfall events.

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Financial and other support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.