The Northern Plains Sustainable Ag's 37th Annual Winter Conference will be held in Aberdeen, S.D., at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel Jan. 21-23.
The event begins with four pre-conference workshops on Jan. 21. They are:
•"The Effects of DC Current on Livestock" by Paul Dettloff, DVM.
• "Foraging Wild Foods" by Linda Black Elk."
•Next Steps with Ancient Grains" by the Farm Breeding Club and Lisa Kissing-Kucek .
• "Specialty Crop: Variety Trials and Breeding for the Northern Plains" by the Farm Breeding Club.
The full conference starts Friday morning, Jan. 22, and concludes Saturday evening, Jan.23. The annual event will include trade show vendors, educational breakout sessions, and two nationally-renowned keynote speakers, Paul Dettloff, DVM, Organic Valley; and Wenonah Hauter, founder and executive director of Food & Water Watch.
Conference workshops will cover a wide range of topics including livestock production and health, natural weed control, crop marketing panel, cover crops, permaculture, native plants, bees, ancient grains, gardening, children's workshops, plus much more.
Last year about 700 farmers, ranchers, processors, consumers, students and those interested in the environment attended the conference last year.
The event isn't limited to organic farmers, says NPSAS Executive Director Edd Goerger. "It's for all of you who care about healthy foods, farms and families and growing for the future."