Farmers and Ranchers: When was the last time you felt enthusiastic about the lifeblood of your operation, the soil?  

Plan to be in Holyoke, CO, on February 12 & 13, 2015, for an exciting, informative and motivational two days with Gabe Brown and Ray Archuleta.  “The Farming Evolution 2015” will be held at the Event Center on the fairgrounds in Holyoke, CO.  Thursday’s program will focus on farming while Friday will look at the ranching operation.  Registration is $19 for one day or $25 for both days.  Lunch, handout materials and a social Thursday afternoon are included.  Registration increases $6 after February 4.    

Gabe and his family are on the leading edge of unconventional farming and ranching ideas.   “You need to work with nature,” says Gabe. “You can’t impose your will, because nature wins every time.”

It costs Gabe 78% less per acre of corn than the U.S. average.  “That should be a powerful motivator to change farming practices towards healthier soil,” says Gabe. "I like signing the back of checks a lot more than I do signing the front of them." 

Ray is a Conservation Agronomist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  His infectious enthusiasm for soil is inspiring agricultural producers around the nation.

Soil is more than a system to support plants physically. A healthy soil has a balance of nutrients (fuel) and an intricate biological network.  Ray will help you decide if your “Soil Engine” has the fuel to fire on all eight cylinders.

Ray does not just talk about these ideas; he shows them at work too.  He will open each day with a soil stability test comparing soil from different tillage or grazing histories.  Attendees will see how water filters through untilled and tilled soil.

“Soils want to hold water and they want to filtrate,” he explains. "Runoff is a symptom of poor soil function.  Right now, we are not imitating nature. We are forcing it. The result is that water runs off. If you focus on the soil, it means more money in the producer’s pocket.”

Check-in, coffee & rolls open at 7:30 a.m. on both days.  The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, followed by a social until 6:30 p.m.  Friday’s program will open at 8:30 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. MST.

Plan now to attend this exciting and informative event. Complete agenda, lodging, and registration information can be found at 30TUwww.farmingevolution2015.eventbrite.Ucom30T.  If you prefer to pay by check, click on ‘show other payment options’ under the ‘order now’ button and follow the instructions. You may also call 970-854-2812 ext. 3 to have information sent to you by mail.

The Haxtun, Sedgwick, and Yuma County Conservation Districts and the Upper Republican

Natural Resource District are sponsoring this event. The Colorado State Conservation Board, Farming Evolution 2015.

Phillips County Pheasants Forever, and the Soil and Water Conservation Society in Colorado and Nebraska are providing valuable support.