On the evening of July 31st, the Algoma Soil & Crop Improvement Association (ASCIA) and the Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) will be hosting the 2014 Summer Tour event for farmers and interested members of the public.
While providing an opportunity for learning and networking, the Summer Tour will focus on pasturing livestock, with grazing specialist Dr. Ben Bartlett. Bartlett is retired from Michigan State University’s Extension Service as a livestock educator, and raises sheep and stocker cattle on 900 acres in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Starting at 7:00 p.m. at the farm of Betty & Jim Withers (433 Reid’s Rd. East Echo Bay, ON – access via Government Rd.), Saul Fraleigh (RAIN Research Technician) and Ben Bartlett will discuss pasture improvement practices during a pasture walk.
At 8:00 p.m., the tour will continue on to Sunnynook Farm (230 Bar River Rd., Echo Bay, ON) with Craig & Sandy Holmberg who will discuss on-farm diversification for new market access. At their farm, Bartlett will speak about managing the variability of weather, which is a timely topic this season. Refreshments will follow at the farm.
For more information about the Summer Tour, please contact Tim Harris, Secretary of Algoma Soil & Crop Improvement Association at (705) 248-2891, or Katie Filion, RAIN Market Development Specialist, at (705) 942-7927 x3024.