The Midwest Grazing & Soil Health Summit

Midwest Soil Health Summit

Dates and Location of the 12th Annual Midwest Grazing & Soil Health Summit to be announced soon.

A look back at
the 11th Annual Summit

"Managing for Profit with the Soil Health Principles"




This is our biggest soil health event of the year, drawing together local and national experts in the field with attendees for discussion, networking, and education. Farmers, ag resource professionals, agency staff, hungry learners and more - all are welcome to attend and learn together.

Click to download flyer.

See the 2024 Speaker Schedule HERE.

Click HERE to see the printed program for the Summit held in March, 2024.



March 2024 Keynote Speakers

Mitchell Hora, Continuum Ag
Dale Strickler, Agronomist, Rancher, Author
Burke Teichert, Rancher, Consultant

Hailing from different parts of the country, each keynote speaker brought unique expertise on crop farming, ranching, drought resilience, farm profitability, and much more.

Stephanie McLain
Stephanie McLain
Grant & Dawn Breirtkreutz




March 2024 Featured Speakers

Stephanie McLain, MN NRCS soil Health Specialist 
Grant Breitkreutz, Stoney Creek Farm, Redwood Falls MN


Farmer Panel

Jon Luhman, Goodhue County MN
Scott Haase, Blue Earth County MN
Derek Schmitz, Stearns County MN

Breakout Session Speakers

Jolene Carlson, Nutritionist
Phil & Robin Smith, Renville County MN
Troy Salzer, Extension Educator and Farmer
Grant Breitkreutz, Burke Teichert, Dale Strickler

Our 2024 Sponsors


The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) is a voluntary opportunity for farmers and agricultural landowners to take the lead in implementing conservation practices that protect our water.


Pattern Ag predicts next season's risk of pests and disease by measuring the soil's DNA. Additional results include soil biofertility measures and soil attributes. By knowing what to expect next season, farmers can make the optimal decisions on seed selection, crop protection, and fertility needs.

Manufacturers of equipment for improving soil biology (regenerative solutions)



The mission of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture is to enhance all Minnesotans' quality of life by ensuring the integrity of our food supply, the health of our environment and the strength and resilience of our agricultural economy

Sea-90 Ocean Minerals is the first step in regenerative agriculture. Sea-90 offers nature’s complete spectrum of minerals and trace elements to remineralize your soil, grow more nutrient dense plants, pastures, and food, and support the health and vitality of your animals. Naturally created by the power of the ocean, Sea-90 is OMRI listed and fully organic certified. Sea-90 offers solutions for all gardeners, farmers, and ranchers. Bring the power of the ocean to your operation today with Sea-90 Ocean Minerals!

USDA agency that works to promote conservation practices.


The Forever Green Initiative is developing and improving winter-hardy annual and perennial crops that protect soil and water while driving new economic opportunities for growers, industry, and communities across Minnesota.

For non-traditional agriculture operations marketing products to consumers or through local and regional food systems, Compeer can help with your financing needs. We provide dedicated underwriting, fast turnaround, exceptional client service and technical expertise and training opportunities - benefits that are generally hard to compe by for non-traditional operations.

Farmers Union is a grassroots, member-driven organization working for family farmers and rural communities. We believe in fair farm and rural policy that guarantees a safe and abundant food supply, provides family farmers with fair prices for their labor, and revitalizes rural Minnesota.

We are a non-bank private capital provider focusing on unique debt options specifically for regenerative and organic farms.

The state soil and water conservation agency charged with helping meet the state's goals for clean water and healthy soil. BWSR’s mission is to improve and protect Minnesota's water and soil resources by working in partnership with local organizations and private landowners. Core functions include implementing the state's soil and water conservation policy, comprehensive local water management, and implementing the Wetland Conservation Act.

The “Match Made In Heaven” survey needs your help to understand what’s working and what isn’t in integrating crops and livestock.   Click on the picture to participate.
Surveys will also be available at the Midwest Soil Health Summit

“Match Made In Heaven” is a partnership between crop farmers, livestock farmers, crop & livestock associations, universities, public agencies, and soil/water groups, all working together to develop crop/livestock integration resources to benefit farms.

2024 Onsite Exhibitors

Albert Lea Seed

Pattern Ag

Forever Green Initiative

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Minnesota Soil Health Coalition

Natural Resources Conservation Service

Thousand Hills Lifetime Grazed 100% Grass Fed Cattle


Solar Farm, LLC

Hiwassee Products, LLC

Minnesota Farmers Union

Practical Farmers of Iowa

Conservation Technology Information Center

Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources


Pheasants Forever


Match Made in Heaven

Mad Capital

USDA Farm Service Agency

Leaf River Farm Fence Supply


A look back at our 2023 summit:

Under the theme “Pioneering the Future: The Soil Health Mavericks,” we brought in a mix of Minnesotan farmers, researchers like Anna Cates, PhD, and pioneers from across the country such as Dr. Elaine Ingham, Gene Goven, and Dave Brandt.

Presentations included personal on-farm soil health journeys, research conducted on Minnesota farms, and discussions on nutrient management and soil biology. Read all about it here.