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Friday, Aug 11, 2017
Water Quality and Healthy Soils Field Day
Peoples Energy Co-op, 1775 Lake Shady Ave S, Oronoco
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Join MFU for a Water Quality and Healthy Soils Field Day in Oronoco! We will start the day at 9:00 am at Peoples Energy Cooperative. There we will hear from numerous local experts about soil health and cover crops. After a noon lunch, we will head to Rod Sommerfields farm for an afternoon tour. Refreshments and lunch are included and Field Day is free to attend. 

FFI MFU Field Representative Dori Klein, 507-843-4560.


9 a.m. – 9:15 Welcome/Introductions/Housekeeping Gary Wertish, President, MFU

9:15 – 9:45 Rod Sommerfield, Farmer

9:45 – 10:15 MN Ag Water Quality Certification Program Matt Wohlman, Deputy Commissioner, MDA

10:15 – 10:45 Governor Dayton’s 25 by 25 Water Quality Initiative, Anna Henderson, Office of Governor Mark Dayton

10:45 – 11:30 Forever Green Initiative (covering development of perennial and cover cropping systems)

11:30 – 12 p.m. Lunch

12 p.m. - 12:15 Travel time to Sommerfield farm (433rd avenue, 3.4 miles south of Mazeppa on Wabasha co road 1 or 3.8 miles north of Oronoco on Olmstead co road 18/ Wabasha co rd 1) MFU will have transportation available to and from event, or participants may drive on their own.

12:15 - 2 p.m. Tour of fields and water retention ponds at Sommerfield farm.

Displays at Tour: 

Mark Diettrich, Senior Planner, Conservation Drainage


Local SWCD

LaCrosse Seed

Brenda Wiech, wildlife photographer