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From Entomology to Economics
March 5, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Land Stewardship Project (LSP), along with the Mower Soil and Water Conservation District, will host a workshop called, “From Entomology to Economics: Building Soil Health with Jonathan Lundgren from Blue Dasher Farm, South Dakota” on Thursday, March 5th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Riverland Community College’s West Campus Cafeteria in Austin. Look for LSP signs. It will feature a presentation by Jonathan Lundgren. Registration and a lite supper will be provided at 5:15p.m. There is no entry fee for this event, however, we will be accepting free-will contribution to help us cover costs. To register by March 3rd, contact LSP’s Alex Romano at 507-523-3366 or via e-mail.
A challenging and provocative presenter, bound to make us think and see things in a new way… Jonathan Lundgren is an agroecologist, entomologist and beekeeper. He received his PhD in Entomology from the University of Illinois in 2004 and was a top scientist with USDA Agricultural Research Service for 11 years. Lundgren’s research and education programs focus on assessing the ecological risk of pest management strategies and developing long-term solutions for regenerative food systems. Together with his family and laboratory team, he began Blue Dasher Farm in 2016 in Deuel county South Dakota where a team of dedicated people raise livestock, crops, and keep bees. Lundgren will present on his team’s efforts to…
· Research ecologically based pest and farm management solutions that reduce disturbance and increase biodiversity,
· Educate farmers, the public and future scientists on regenerative farming practices, and
· Address the financial feasibility of regenerative agricultural practices on a working farm
According to Gabe Brown regenerative farmer from North Dakota, “Dr. Lundgren’s talk reinforced for me the importance of thinking of my farm as an ecosystem, and in so doing, providing a home for beneficial insects, both predators and pollinators.”