Farming and Ranching for the Bottom Line

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BSC National Energy Center of Excellence

1200 Schafer Street

Bismarck, ND 58501

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Discover the Triple Bottom Line:

Economics, Ecology & Sociology

Featuring keynote speaker: Fred Provenza

Fred Provenza

Provenza is a professor emeritus of behavioral ecology in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University. There, he has directed an award-winning research group that pioneered understanding of how learning influences foraging behavior and how behavior links soil and plants with herbivores and humans.

Along with colleagues, Provenza has authored more than 250 publications in scientific journals and books. His first book was "Foraging Behavior." He co-authored a second book with Michel Meuret, "The Art & Science of Shepherding: Tapping the Wisdom of French Herders." His latest book, "Nourishment: What Animals Can Teach Us About Rediscovering Our Nutritional Wisdom," was published in November 2018.

Provenza will be featured on both days of the conference!


Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020

8 to 9 a.m. Registration

9 to 9:15 a.m. Welcome

9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Industry Perspective, Dr. Tom Rabaey, General Mills

10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Area 4 Farm 2019 Research Results, Rain, Rust and Ruts: Is There a Silver Lining to 2019?, Dr. Mark Liebig

10:45 to 10:15 a.m. Links Between Land Management & Food Quality: What can Archive Samples tell us?Dr. Andrea Clemensen

11:15 a.m. to noon USDA Soil Health/Human Health Project, Dr. Mike Grusak

Noon to 1 p.m. Lunch/book signings/posters/vendors

1 to 1:45 p.m. NDSU Agribiome Future Initiative, Dr. Greg Lardy and Dr. John McEvoy

1:45 to 3 p.m. Building Soil Health Across North Dakota: Innovative Producer Panel, Dr. Abbey Wick, moderator

3 to 3:15 p.m. Break

3:15 to 4:30 p.m. Let Food and Feed be our Medicine. Dr. Fred Provenza

5 p.m. Social at the Hampton Inn & Suites

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020

8 to 9 a.m. Registration

9 to 9:15 a.m. Welcome

9:15 to 10:30 a.m. Mending Broken Linkages: Soil, Plants, Herbivores & Humans, Dr. Fred Provenza

10:30 to 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 to 11:15 a.m. What Makes People Do What They do on their Farms and Ranches, Dr. David Toledo

11:15 to 11:45 a.m. Perspective from both Sides of the Desk, John Pfaff, Security First Bank

11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Lunch/book signings/posters/vendors

12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Weather Crystal Ball, Laura Edwards

1:45 to 2:30 p.m. Restorative Agriculture: A Farmer's Perspective, Greg Busch

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Future Directions and Challenges for Agricuture, Dr. Jerry Hatfield

3:30 to 4 p.m. Q&A with all speakers and wrap-up, Jay Fuhrer

Registration deadline

6 p.m., Feb. 18, 2020


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Burleigh County Soil Conservation District at 701-250-4518, ext. 3, or e-mail

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