WESTMINSTER, Colo. — The National Bison Association (NBA) is kicking off its partnership with the North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCSARE) center at the University of Minnesota this month. The NBA will be working with NCSARE to facilitate two years’ worth of bison field day workshops exhibiting holistic and regenerative management at working bison operations across the upper Midwest.
The funded project, the National Bison North Central Regenerative Ranching Workshop Series, will be facilitated in the summers of 2022 and 2023 and will feature six one-day workshops on bison farms and ranches in the states of IL, MN, ND, OH, SD, and WI. The field days will also include expert speakers offering first-hand knowledge on properly managing bison grazing and handling to maximize their regenerative potential as a livestock species.
The 2022 field days have been confirmed and scheduled as follows:
- June 18 – Heartland Bison Ranch – Rugby, ND
- September 10 – Antelope Creek Bison – Mission, SD
- October – date TBD – Ruhter Bison Ranch – McHenry County, IL
Bison have evolved in concert with North American grasslands for over 200,000 years. As a keystone species in the region, and when managed properly, have the potential to maintain soil health and fertility, and improve carbon sequestration through the expansion of grasslands, all the while providing a valuable livestock component to working farms and ranches across the upper Midwest.
The bison operations hosting the events encompass everything from cow-calf operations, gate-to-plate and direct marketing, to agritourism-focused farms and ranches. These operations exhibit a wide range of successful bison businesses across the North Central region. This area features the largest bison-producing states in the world, according to the most recent USDA Ag Census.
Registration will open soon at www.bisoncentral.com.
The National Bison Association is a not-for-profit trade organization that serves nearly 1,200 members across North America and beyond. Our members consist of bison farmers, ranchers, processors, marketers, conservationists, tribal groups, and the general bison-loving public and serves as an umbrella organization for all things bison.
Learn more about the NBA’s work at www.bisoncentral.com.
— National Bison Association