Farming and Ranching for the Bottom Line on February 23 & 24, 2021

Don Tanaka

2021 Farming & Ranching for the Bottom Line Conference

Registration is now open for the Feb. 23 and 24, 2021, “Linking Soil to Well-Being,” the annual Farming and Ranching for the Bottom Line event normally held in Bismarck, N.D.


If you have an opportunity to print out some posters to distribute or use to invite your friends and neighbors to join you, it would be very sincerely appreciated!


Due to the pandemic, this year’s event will be held online via Zoom, a video conferencing service. The event begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, and continues at 8:55 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021.


14 speakers featured

Just two of the 14 speakers for the Feb. 23 and 24, 2021, event are Dr. Nicole Van Dam and John Kempf.

  • Dr. Nicole Van Dam: Van Dam is a professor at the Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, Germany, and a researcher at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research, Leipzig, Germany. Her research mission is to unravel the molecular and chemical mechanisms governing interactions between plants and herbivores.

  • John Kempf: Kempf is the founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA), a plant nutrition and biostimulants consulting company. He is a top expert in the field of biological and regenerative farming. Kempf founded AEA in 2006 to help fellow farmers by providing the education tools and strategies that will have a global effect on the food supply and those who are growing that supply. He is building a comprehensive systems-based approach to plant nutrition, a system solidly based on the sciences of plant physiology, mineral nutrition and soil microbiology.


Please see the flyer for the full list of speakers and their speaking times.


Registration and Zoom link

There is no cost to participate in this online event. However, registration is required to get the Zoom link for the event. Those who register will be e-mailed the Zoom link invite the week of the event.


Register online at


Questions and more information

If you have any questions on registration or the event, contact Connie Bryant , Burleigh County Soil Conservation District (SCD), at:


   Phone: 701-250-4518, ext. 3

2020 Presentations:

Industry Perspective: Presented by Dr. Tom Rabaey, General Mills


Rain, Rust & Ruts: Is there a Silver Lining in 2019?: Presented by Dr. Mark Liebig


Links Between Land Management & Food Quality: What can Archives Samples Tell Us?: Presented by Dr. Andrea Clemensen


USDA Soil Health/Human Health Project: Presented by Dr. Mike Grusak


NDSU Agribiome Initiative: Presented by Dr. Gregory Lardy & Dr. John McEvoy


Building Soil Health Across ND: Innovative Producer Panel: Moderated by Dr. Abbey Wick


Let Food and Feed Be Our Medicine: Presented by Dr. Fred Provenza


Mending Broken Linkages: Soil, Plants, Herbivores, & Humans: Presented by Dr. Fred Provenza


What Makes People Do What They Do on Their Fames & Ranches: Presented by Dr. David Toledo


Perspective From Both Sides of the Desk: Presented by John Pfaff, Security First Bank


Weather Crystal Ball: Presented by Laura Edwards


Restorative Agriculture: A Farmer's Perspective: Presented by Greg Busch

2019 Presentations: 


Bankers Perspective:


Couple Panel:

Dorito Effect:

Planned Grazing:


Bale Grazing:


Drought Conditions:

Cover My Crops:

Animal Behavior:


Livestock Handling:

2018 Presentations:


Crop and Livestock Prices -

Economics of Improved Soil Quality -

Reflection of ND Agriculture -

Grazing Strategies in a Dry Year -

Crop Production in a Dry Year -

Weather Crystal Ball -

Ag Lender Panel -

Day one is hosted by the Planning Team:

Susan Samson-Liebig, USDA NRCS 701.530.2018

Roberto Luciano, USDA NRCS , 701.934.1359

Renae Gress , NDSU Morton County Extension 701.667.3348

Beth Hill, North Dakota Forest Service

Jackie Buckley, Retired NDSU Extension Agent 701.391.7113

Cal Thorson, Area 4 SCD Cooperative Research Farm 701.527.3795

Marco Davinic, Bismarck State College 701.224.5417

Tim Faller, NDSU Agricultural Experiment Stations 701.567.3030

John Hendrickson, USDA Agricultural Research Service 701.667.3015

Dave Archer, USDA Agricultural Research Service, 701.667.3048

Ryan Kobilansky, Morton County SCD, 701.667.1163

Valarie Froelich, Morton County SCD, 701.667.1163

Connie Bryant, Burleigh County SCD, 701.250.4518

Darrell Oswald, Burleigh County SCD, 701.250.4518

Nolan Swenson, Burleigh County SCD, 701.250.4518

Chet Zapzalka, Burleigh County SCD, 701.250.4518

Chad Thorson, Burleigh County SCD, 701.250.4518

Day two is hosted by the Burleigh & Morton SCDs, Menoken Farm, NDSU, and the ND Grazing Coalition











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