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June 3, 2022 By Cassidy Dellorto-Blackwell


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cassidy Dellorto-Blackwell, The Land Connection Phone: 217-840-2128 Email: cassidy@thelandconnection.org Explore regenerative grazing through hands-on learning

JOIN US FOR REGENERATIVE GRAZING FIELD DAYS IN JUNE!

Champaign, IL, June 3, 2022 – Are you an agricultural professional or technical advisor seeking answers for your farmer and landowner clients about regenerative livestock integration into a farming operation? Do you wish you had more hands-on field experience with regenerative grazing practices? The Embarras Grazing Partnership is excited to offer two summer field days at the Burnt Hill Cattle Co., LLC in Hamilton County, Illinois, focused on teaching and demonstrating the principles behind regeneratively grazing livestock. The field days will include discussion around grazing cattle, sheep, pigs, and chickens.


Join us on Monday, June 27, for two half-day sessions at the Burnt Hill Cattle Co., LLC from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CT. The morning session, presented by grazing consultant, Ed Ballard, will focus on assessing forage health and diversity. Lunch will be provided to attendees. In the afternoon, Matt Bunger, State Grazing Lands Specialist with NRCS in Illinois, and Grant Bauman of Bauman Family Farms, will lead a session on the design of permanent fencing and water structures.

On Tuesday, June 28, two more half-day sessions will take place at the Burnt Hill Cattle Co., LLC from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CT, following a similar format to the first day. In the morning, we’ll learn from Trevor Toland, owner and operator of Toland’s River Oak Ranch, about designing and setting up a paddock. Following lunch, the host farmer, Logan Karcher of Burnt Hill, will lead a session on multi-species grazing and how they manage cattle, sheep, and pigs on their own operation utilizing regenerative grazing techniques.

Registration for the field days is available now at: https://thelandconnection.org/event/rgfd/. Registration is $25 per day or $40 for both days. Scholarships are available if the registration fee presents a barrier to you attending the field days. Certified Crop Adviser CEU’s have been applied for each session. Please contact Cassidy Dellorto-Blackwell at cassidy@thelandconnection.org or 217-840-2128 if you have questions about scholarships, the registration process, or accessibility needs. Upon registration, you will receive the field day address and driving directions in advance of the event. This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the North Central Region SARE program under project number ENC21-202. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

About the Embarras Grazing Partnership: The Embarras Grazing Partnership (EGP) is focused on increasing regenerative grazing in the Embarras River watershed to improve soil health and water quality. It is a collaborative effort of Champaign County Soil & Water Conservation District, Illinois Soybean Association, Pasture Project, The Land Connection, and University of Illinois Extension. ###

March 21, 2022 By Cassidy Dellorto-Blackwell


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2022 Contact: Cassidy Dellorto-Blackwell, The Land Connection Phone: 217-840-2128 Email: cassidy@thelandconnection.org Explore regenerative grazing value chain, marketing, and profitability JOIN US FOR TWO VIRTUAL, LIVE SESSIONS IN APRIL!

(Champaign, IL) Are you an agricultural professional seeking answers for your farmer and landowner clients about raising livestock regeneratively for profit? Do you have questions about where and how to sell animal products, or how to understand the value chain and get plugged in on a local level? What about marketing? The Embarras Grazing Partnership is excited to offer a two-part, live virtual series on producer value chains and the profitability potential of pasture-based livestock so you will be better prepared to answer producer questions.

Join us on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CDT for the first session discussing value chains. Jodee Smith, Assistant Director of the Indiana University Food Institute, will discuss how producers can develop or join a market based food system that best serves their community. We will also hear from Joseph Fischer of Fischer Farms who will discuss his family’s operation and how they found their place in the value chain.

The second session will take place on Thursday, April 21, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CDT, with a discussion centered on marketing and profitability of pasture-based livestock. Jim Munsch, certified organic beef grazing farmer, will discuss a variety of marketing strategies for selling direct to consumers as well as options for moving beyond the direct to consumer market. We will be joined again by Joseph Fischer of Fischer Farms who will share how his family has made their grass-fed operation profitable and some of their successful marketing strategies.

Registration for the two-part series is available now at https://thelandconnection.regfox.com/2022-regenerative-grazing-online-series. Registration is $25 per session or $40 for both sessions. You will receive a confirmation email containing the Zoom links upon completing registration. Please contact Cassidy Dellorto-Blackwell at cassidy@thelandconnection.org or 217-840-2128 if you have questions about the registration process or accessibility needs.

### This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the North Central Region SARE program under project number ENC21-202. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The CCSWCD 2022 General Election has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 22, 2022. Stop by the office any time from 7:00 am - 5:00 pm to cast your vote!


Please remain in your vehicle when you arrive. Just give us a call at (217) 352-3536 ext. 3 and we will bring the ballot out to you.