DODGE CITY, Kan. — High Plains Journal‘s Soil Health U & Trade Show is growing—in popularity, in
educational scope, and now with new staff.
Jessica Gnad recently joined the HPJ team as the Soil Health U content consultant. In her role, Gnad
will be gathering educational speakers and working with the HPJ staff to put on the 2020 Soil Health U
& Trade Show, Jan. 22 and 23, at the Tony’s Pizza Event Center, Salina, Kansas.
Gnad’s path in soil health started with a curiosity about healthy food options in rural communities more
than a decade ago. It was while she was living in Pratt, Kansas, and starting her family with her
husband that Gnad worked to form a farmer’s market, a local food coop, and a Regenerative Ag School
Garden with support from General Mills. She served as an executive board member for Kansas State
Research and Extension, and as a healthy food/farm consultant with Pratt Regional Medical Center’s
Health Coalition. She counts her background as a row crop farmer and an avid gardener growing fruits
and vegetables as her foundation for her passion for regenerative agriculture.
She and her husband owned and operated Crop Vision Consulting, an independent crop consulting
agency servicing 20,000 acres in south central Kansas. Today, they live in Manhattan, Kansas, with
their three children.
Soil Health U registration is open, at www.soilhealthu.net. Early Bird registration fee is $75 until Nov.
18. After that, the regular registration fee of $125 applies. Student Registration is just $50. Planning to
bring a group of neighbors to Soil Health U? Call 620-227-1834 and ask about discount registrations for
parties of 5 or more on the same payment.
Soil Health U & Trade Show is sponsored by High Plains Journal.
Since 1949 High Plains Journal has been the weekly source for news, markets and commentary for
farmers and ranchers in 12 states across the Plains. From the Dakotas to Texas, rural leaders and
influencers #RideWithUs in print, online at www.hpj.com, and now via our podcast “HPJ Talk.” Our slate of educational events now includes: Soil Health U, Cattle U, Sorghum U, Wheat U, Alfalfa U, Row Crop U and now Cotton U.
— High Plains Journal
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