Albert Lea farm conference to address effects of markets and weather

Published 6:25 pm Friday, November 8, 2019

“Is this the new normal for farmers,” is the question being addressed in a two-day conference Nov. 21 to 22, according to a press release. The free event, hosted by Albert Lea Seed, includes presentations on changing weather patterns, how to adapt rotations for changing markets and agronomic best practices and product selection.

Two keynote speakers will address weather and climate topics that affect crop production: Dr. Mark Seeley, climatologist with the University of Minnesota Extension, on Nov. 21; and Dr. Dennis Todey, director of the USDA Midwest Climate Hub, on Nov. 22. In addition, Practical Farmers of Iowa and representatives from Grain Millers, Mercaris and Pipeline Foods will discuss new market opportunities for rotational crops over the course of both days.

Other presenters include Dr. Eric Gallandt (University of Maine), who will identify strategies for organic weed management and Dr. Matt Ruark (University of Wisconsin-Madison), covering how to manage soil fertility in high rainfall environments.

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The conference also features farmer-led panel discussions and presentations on intensive and adaptive practices that area farmers are using to help their farms thrive in challenging market and weather conditions. Agronomists from Albert Lea Seed will outline seed selection strategies to help align with farmers’ economic goals and sustainability practices.

The conference is onsite at Albert Lea Seed, 1414 W. Main St. in Albert Lea. This is the 12th year Albert Lea Seed has hosted the free conference. A full schedule of the Albert Lea Seed 2019 annual conference can be found at