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Press Release

 Farming for the Bottom Line” conference

Discover the Triple Bottom Line: Economics, Ecology, and Sociology on February 25-26, 2020 at Bismarck State College.

The Area 4 Research Farm, Menoken Farm, SCDs, NDSU, BSC, and USDA have developed their 5th annual ‘Farming & Ranching for the Bottom Line’ workshop at the BSC National Energy Center in Bismarck ND with no cost to you.

Keynote presentations by Dr. Fred Provenza, Professor Emeritus of Behavioral Ecology at Utah State University will be, “Mending Broken Linkages: Soil, Plants, Herbivores, & Humans” and “Let Feed and Food Be Our Medicine”. Also focusing on the theme will be: “Links Between Land Management and Food Quality” by Dr. Andrea Clemensen, Research Biologist at the Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory; “USDA Soil Health/Human Health Project” by Dr. Mike Grusak, Director of the Edward T Schaffer Agricultural Research Center; and “The NDSU Agribiome Initiative” by Dr. Greg Lardy, NDSU Vice President for Agriculture and Dr. John McEvoy, NDSU Microbiological Sciences Chair.

Weather Crystal Ball” will be presented by Laura Edwards, South Dakota State Climatologist, and “Rain, Rust, and Ruts: Is There a Silver Lining to 2019?” will be by Dr. Mark Liebig, Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory Research Soil Scientist.

Perspectives” will be offered by Greg Busch, Columbus, ND Ag producer; John Pfaff of the Security First Bank of Mandan; and Tom Rabaey, Senior Manager of General Mills Agronomy Services Group.

Dr. Jerry Hatfield, Director of the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in Ames, IA will present “Future Directions & Challenges for Agriculture”.

Dr. Abbey Wick, NDSU Extension Soil Health Specialist, will moderate an innovative producer panel on “Building Soil Health Across North Dakota” and Dr. David Toledo, Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory Research Rangeland Management Specialist, will discuss “What Makes People Do What They Do on Their Farms and Ranches”.

Registration begins at 8:00 am central time with the program at 9:00 am both days.

The conference is no cost, but please register by February 18th at https:\\ or 701.250.4518x3 for lunch.

The entire program will be streamed online at if you are unable to attend in person.

For more information, go to or mortoncountyextension/events/farming-ranching-for-the-bottom-line.

For more information:

Darrell Oswald, Burleigh County Menoken Farm 701.226.3989

Susan Samson-Liebig, NRCS Soil Quality Specialist 701.530.2018

Dave Archer, USDA Northern Great Plains Research Lab 701.667.3048

Tim Faller, NDSU Agricultural Experiment Stations 701.567.3030

Bruce Schmidt, ND Soil Conservation Committee 701.328.9715

Marco Davinic, Bismarck State College 701.224.5409

Ryan Kobilansky, Morton County SCD 707.667.1163

Renae Gress, NDSU Morton County 701.221.6865

Cal Thorson, Area 4 Research Farm 701.667.3018

Jackie Buckley 701.391.7113

Beth Hill 701.425.7187


Who is Dr Fred Provenza?

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Fred Provenza is originally from Colorado where he worked on a ranch near Salida while earning a B.S. Degree in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University. Upon receiving a B.S. degree in 1973 he became ranch manager. In total, he and his wife Sue spent 7 years working on the ranch. He and Sue left the ranch in Colorado in 1975 so he could work as a research assistant and technician at Utah State University, where he earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Range Science. He was a faculty member in the Department of Range Science from 1982 to 2009. He is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University.

For the past 30 years, his group has produced ground-breaking research that laid the foundations for what is now known as behavior-based management of landscapes. That work inspired researchers in disciplines as diverse as chemical ecology, ruminant nutrition, human nutrition and biopsychology, animal welfare, landscape restoration ecology, wildlife damage management, pasture and rangeland science and management, and rural sociology and eco-development. Along with colleagues and graduate students, he has been author or co-author of 250 publications in peer-reviewed journals and books, and he has been an invited speaker at over 325 international meetings.

Their efforts led to the formation in 2001 of an international network of scientists and land managers from five continents. That consortium, known as BEHAVE (Behavioral Education for Human, Animal, Vegetation and Ecosystem Management, is committed to integrating behavioral principles and processes with local knowledge to enhance ecological, economic and social values of rural and urban communities and landscapes.

They seek to inspire and enable people to understand behavior, ours and other creatures, to fashion environmentally friendly solutions that reconcile differences of opinion about how to manage landscapes. In this process, everyone involved is a student attempting to better understand behavior at all levels from genes to landscapes and to use understanding of behavior to help people learn to appreciate that our differences are our collective strength in sustaining communities and landscapes that integrate diverse ecological, economic and social values and services.