Seminars and Workshops

We organize speakers to come in and teach the community about different aspects of agriculture. If you have any ideas on topics or speakers you would like to see please give us a call!

Soil Health

  • Cafe Soil Talks
  • Soil Health and Drought
  • Bale Grazing
  • Cover Crops
  • Field & Range Tours
Steve Kenyon
  • Grazing School – Profitable PasturesSteve Kenyon
    • Grazing Management
    • Pasture Rejuvenation
    • Weed Control
    • Water Systems
    • Winter Feeding and Cell Design
Jay Fuhrer

Author of the NRCS 5 principles of soil health. He is the Lead Educator at Menoken Farm which is located just east of Bismarck.

He has worked with cropping systems, grazing systems, cover crops, and gardens. Jay also has an extensive background working with groups and entities such as soil and water conservation districts; national and international no-till organizations; watersheds; farm organizations; urban groups; and more. Jay spends his time at the Menoken Farm minimizing soil disturbance, adding soil armor, maximizing plant diversity, maintaining living roots in the soil, and integrating livestock.

Source: http://www.menokenfarm.com

Jon Stika

Jon is a retired soil scientist and soil health instructor with the NRCS. He is a contributing writer to AgDaily. He is also the author of A Soil Owner’s Manual: How to Restore and Maintain Soil Health.

Soil Health Tour

Burke, Divide, and Williams County Soil Conservation Districts put together a soil health tour to showcase practices in ND and SD. Stops included the Brown Ranch and Menoken Farm in the Bismarck, ND area and Dakota Lakes Research Farm in Pierre, SD. The common message of the tour stops was the importance of increasing carbon in the soil to improve soil health.

Range Tours
2018 Grazing Tour

A 2018 range tour consisted of visiting Bruce & Kathy Brogger’s ranch and Justin & Sara Loomer’s Echo Valley Ranch. Guest speaker Steve Kenyon – Greener Pastures Ranching of Busby, Alberta discussed grazing systems, cell design/fencing, and fresh water systems. There was also a demonstration of our pipeline plow.

2018 Wayne’s World Range Tour

We co-hosted a grazing tour with the Richland County SCD. The tour took place at the Berry Ranch and looked at utilizing planned rotational grazing, yearling operation, and portable and solar watering systems. A brome grass restoration project was also being conducted on a couple of the pastures.

Ken Miller, the 2018 Leopold Conservation Award Winner, spoke about his operation and the many benefits of planned rotational grazing and cover crops that improves soil health. Rick Caquelin, NRCS Area Range Specialist, provided valuable insight on range nutritional balance as well as a good sense of humor.

Field Tours

2021 Soil Health & Intercropping Tour

The Soil Conservation Districts, NDSU Extension Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Ag Improvement Associations in Williams and Divide counties held a soil health tour to provide an opportunity to learn more about what some producers in the area have been doing to improve their soil health.


Ladies Ag Night

Conversation ~n~ Conservation

An evening once a year that includes good food, fun, education, and common ground amongst area ladies. The speakers and topics for the evening vary from year to year. Some years we have additional speakers come in and discuss a variety of topics to add a local touch to the night. We have had speakers talk about mental health and how it affects the community to discussing farm life and living in rural Midwest. We have wonderful door prizes that are donated. We appreciate the generosity of area businesses and residents. It is an event that you must be 21 years old to attend and won’t want to miss!

2016 – Jessie Veeder

Jessie joined us for our very 1st Ladies Ag Night that was held as a Spring event in March. She is a singer, writer, and 5th generation rancher. She has a unique perspective on love for place, community, and how to tap into your passion to live a fulfilling life.

2017 – SCD/NRCS

Malinda Ferguson of the NRCS filled us in on what the Williams County Soil Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service is about and how they can help Williams County residents.

2019 – Katie Pinke & Kyla Splichal

Katie is an Agweek contributor and you can read her columns here: https://www.agweek.com/opinion/

Katie Pinke is a 5th generation farmer and her rural life is a catalyst to engage, enlighten, and empower. She shares reflex tweets, gritty blog posts, weekly columns, and mesmerizing North Dakota sunset snapshots from the prairie. She seizes every opportunity to talk about family, rural life, motherhood, career, and community, both online and offline.

Kyla was the NDSU Horticulture Research Specialist here in Williams County at the NDSU Research Extension. She specializes in small fruit, flower, and vegetable research. She assisted in cropping system projects. During the evening, at the 2019 Ladies Ag Night, she guided the guests on a tour of the Williston NDSU Research Gardens and provided insight into the valuable research being conducted on-site.

Garden tour with Kyla
2021 – Adrienne DeSutter & Cindy Lindvig-Getzlaff

Adrienne is part of her husband’s 4th generation family farm in Central Illinois. They farm corn and soybeans, with a small herd of cattle and a small herd of children. With a Master’s degree in Counseling (and a self-proclaimed Master’s in Farm Family Chaos), Adrienne recognized a need for mental health advocacy in agriculture, and began partnering with ag businesses and organizations to promote healthy minds and prevent farmer suicide. In addition to public speaking, she helps create and connect valuable ag mental health resources, writes a wellness column, and has been featured in articles, podcasts, and initiatives across the globe. She encourages a community approach to keeping farm families healthy, and works to break down mental health barriers and empower farmers through her social media presence @SowHopeGrowHope.

Cindy Lindvig-Getzlaff

Cindy Lindvig-Getzlaff is a local gardener who has farm fresh produce during the gardening season and fresh eggs all year around. She also has salsa, juices, jellies, salts, and spices too!

On Ladies Ag Night she shared with us some of her secrets on gardening and canning.