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Farming outside of the box: Southwest Minnesota producers talk about non-traditional operations at SFA meeting

Monday, July 30, 2018

To be productive in farming means to have a good crop.

While there are many steps along the way to ensure a good yield each year, from selecting the right seed variety to getting timely rains, there is one element of production that is just as critical – the soil.

Implementing good soil health practices not only helps in the short-term, but it is a long-term investment ensuring good yields for years to come.

Maintaining good soil health preserves and conserves the soil, and for it to be effective in the long term may mean thinking outside of the box.

There are many producers in the region who are doing just that, and the Sustainable Farming Association (SFA) offered the opportunity for some of them to share what they are doing during a series of spring chats which were held in Minnesota.

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"Living in the Cities for four years made me appreciate the kind of lifestyle the rural area has to offer.  It is a wonderful place to raise a family, and people are not too busy to wave when passing by or just stop to visit.  I felt a strong desire to bring a form of quality of healthcare back to this area."

Dr. Kyle Pankonin, Lamberton

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