NORTH DAKOTA, Burleigh County SCD — Joel Salatin drops nuggets in his speech that might be — and probably would be — controversial in many circles of agriculture. Salatin, a Virginia farmer who speaks and writes on soil conservation and holistic management, was the keynote speaker at the annual convention of North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts on Monday, Nov. 19.
NDASCD works to further the widespread application of sound soil and water practices in North Dakota. Employees, staff and producers from the state’s 54 soil conservation districts attended the convention, which began Nov. 18 and ran through Nov. 20 in Bismarck. The convention also featured workshops, meetings, fundraising auctions and a recognition banquet.
“I think he’s right when he says we need to hear the hard story,” said Darrell Oswald.
Oswald works for the Burleigh County Soil Conservation District and helped the NDASCD bring Salatin to Bismarck for the conference. He called Salatin “a soil health guru” and said his message that the problems in agriculture are fixable “gets people moving in the right direction.”
“Replacing management with inputs and working more in a regenerative manner in a systems-approach agriculture to improve soil health, I think, is a positive message,” Oswald said.