Grazing Expert Jim Gerrish Comes to Kansas

Grazing Expert Jim Gerrish to Present Workshops on Soil Health

Emporia, Kansas, August 28, 2018 – For graziers, the key to increasing revenue stream and profitability is managed grazing. By understanding the ecological processes behind soil health, utilizing effective fencing strategies and developing water systems for livestock, pastures are more productive and support more livestock. And nobody knows grazing management better than Jim Gerrish.

Gerrish, author of “Management Intensive Grazing, the Grassroots of Grass Farming,” “Kick the Hay Habit: A Practical Guide to Year-around Grazing” and numerous other articles, has more than 20 years experience in beef-forage systems research and outreach as well as 20-plus years raising cattle and sheep. He and his wife, Dawn, own and operate American GrazingLands Services LLC, a business dedicated to aiding farmers and ranchers more effectively manage their grazing lands for economic and environmental sustainability. In addition to on-ranch consulting services and suppliers of electric fenced water system products, they participate in many workshops and seminars across the U.S. and Canada.

Gerrish’s single-day workshop, Grazing for Better Soil Health, will be presented throughout Kansas beginning on Monday, Sept. 17, at the Anderson Building in the Lyon County Fairgrounds, Emporia. Additional workshops will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Samuels Community Building, Eureka; Wednesday, Sept. 19, at St. Columbkille’s Parish Hall, Blaine; Thursday, Sept. 20, at Jewell Community Center, Jewell; and Friday, Sept. 21, at the Kansas Polytechnic Center, Salina. All workshops begin at 8 a.m.

Tickets are $25 per workshop and can be purchased online at https://kaws.org/events. Sponsors include the Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams (KAWS) through funding from North Central Extension Risk Management Education.

Soil health is the critical foundation of a grazing business.

“Healthy soils can help keep you and your livestock healthier,” Gerrish said. “Biologically active soils allow natural processes of mineral cycling and pathogen checks and balances to take place. And when the soil is alive and functioning, purchases of off-farm inputs can be dramatically reduced.”

Some of the highest returns on investment graziers can make on the farm or ranch are with stock water development and subdivision fencing, he said. Other pasture or herd improvement systems graziers choose to make can be made even more beneficial through time-controlled grazing.

Understanding the principles of effective grazing practices is also a critical component of successful grazing businesses, he added.

“You should never stop learning how to improve the profitability of your business while creating healthier soils and plant communities,” Gerrish said.

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The Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams (KAWS) is a non-profit organization working to connect the lands, water, and people of Kansas through an inclusive, non-partisan and science-based approach to support sustainability of the natural ecosystems and working lands of Kansas.

For further information, visit us at www.kaws.org, call Mary Howell at 785-562-8726, or e-mail at kfu.mary@gmail.com.

 

We’re Hiring! Middle and Lower KS River Watershed Coordinator

Position Title:  Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS) – Watershed Coordinator

Location:  Middle and Lower Kansas River Watersheds in Kansas

Contact:  Jessica Mounts, Executive Director
   jmounts@kaws.org

Opens:  August 20, 2018    Closes:  September 10, 2018

Hours:  Full-time, exempt

Method of application: Submit resume and cover letter to Jessica Mounts via email by 5 pm on September 10, 2018

Who we are: The Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams (KAWS) is a non-profit organization working to connect the lands, water, and people of Kansas. Our vision is waters that are clean, plentiful and protected, lands that are prosperous for people and wildlife, and people who are knowledgeable in sustaining our natural resources. We’ve been working with landowners and producers across Kansas for more than 20 years to improve water quality, reduce sediment and nutrient runoff, and building strong partnerships with natural resource agencies and other organizations along the way. KAWS is a team of professional and creative people working to inspire natural resource conservation through science-based solutions.

Job Description: Our Watershed Coordinators work with producers and landowners to implement agricultural best management practices for improving water quality. They provide oversight for outreach to watershed stakeholders and residents regarding WRAPS projects and develop goal-driven outreach campaigns to engage producers and other stakeholders for improving soil health and water quality. Coordinators achieve annual BMP implementation goals as stated in the approved 9 Element Watershed plan, as well as organize, lead, and manage WRAPS Stakeholder Leadership Team (SLT) meetings. They identify and enhance opportunities to implement and retain best management practices within the watershed by forming strong alliances with local agency staff, stakeholders, community organizations, businesses, and watershed residents. Finally, our Coordinators work closely with our Executive Director and other team members to support the mission and vision of KAWS.

The successful candidate will: have knowledge of principles, practices, terminology, and techniques of agricultural science related to water quality, nutrient management, soil health, and soil conservation; have knowledge of state, federal, and local environmental laws and regulations; utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS); have the ability to generate reports and educational materials; possess skill in interpersonal relationships i.e., motivation, written and verbal communications with producers and partners to meet their needs in a courteous and cooperative manner; have familiarity with social media outlets; display high standards of ethical conduct; commit to quality of service; display a high level of initiative and commitment; work with minimal supervision; demonstrate responsible behavior and attention to detail; follow organizational policy and cooperate with supervisors; market, organize, and conduct public outreach programs to inform watershed landowners and producers of available programs and funding to address water quality impairments and in field resource concerns.

Required Education: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Agriculture, Biology, Ecology, Natural Resource Conservation or Environmental Science is required.

Salary: beginning at $50,000 annually.

Job Qualifications: Applicant should be a detail oriented individual with the ability to work independently and prioritize a variable work schedule and have good communication skills, both verbally and in writing. Job will occasionally require walking through rough terrain and/or inclement weather conditions along with carrying equipment. Knowledge of ArcGIS software, google suite of products, social media, engineering equipment, and agricultural practices is beneficial.

Non-Discrimination: KAWS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, or other non-merit factor.

We’re Hiring! Milford Watershed Coordinator

Position Title:  Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS) – Watershed Coordinator

Location:  Milford Lake Watershed in Kansas

Contact:  Jessica Mounts, Executive Director
   jmounts@kaws.org

Opens:  August 08, 2018    Closes:  September 07, 2018

Hours:  Full-time, exempt

Method of application: Submit resume and cover letter to Jessica Mounts via email by 5 pm on September 7, 2018

Who we are: The Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams (KAWS) is a non-profit organization working to connect the lands, water, and people of Kansas. Our vision is waters that are clean, plentiful and protected, lands that are prosperous for people and wildlife, and people who are knowledgeable in sustaining our natural resources. We’ve been working with landowners and producers across Kansas for more than 20 years to improve water quality, reduce sediment and nutrient runoff, and building strong partnerships with natural resource agencies and other organizations along the way. KAWS is a team of professional and creative people working to inspire natural resource conservation through science-based solutions.

Job Description: Our Watershed Coordinators work with producers and landowners to implement agricultural best management practices for improving water quality. They provide oversight for outreach to watershed stakeholders and residents regarding WRAPS projects and develop goal-driven outreach campaigns to engage producers and other stakeholders for improving soil health and water quality. Coordinators achieve annual BMP implementation goals as stated in the approved 9 Element Watershed plan, as well as organize, lead, and manage WRAPS Stakeholder Leadership Team (SLT) meetings. They identify and enhance opportunities to implement and retain best management practices within the watershed by forming strong alliances with local agency staff, stakeholders, community organizations, businesses, and watershed residents. Finally, our Coordinators work closely with our Executive Director and other team members to support the mission and vision of KAWS.

The successful candidate will: have knowledge of principles, practices, terminology, and techniques of agricultural science related to water quality, nutrient management, soil health, and soil conservation; have knowledge of state, federal, and local environmental laws and regulations; utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS); have the ability to generate reports and educational materials; possess skill in interpersonal relationships i.e., motivation, written and verbal communications with producers and partners to meet their needs in a courteous and cooperative manner; have familiarity with social media outlets; display high standards of ethical conduct; commit to quality of service; display a high level of initiative and commitment; work with minimal supervision; demonstrate responsible behavior and attention to detail; follow organizational policy and cooperate with supervisors; market, organize, and conduct public outreach programs to inform watershed landowners and producers of available programs and funding to address water quality impairments and in field resource concerns.

Required Education: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Agriculture, Biology, Ecology, Natural Resource Conservation or Environmental Science is required.

Salary: beginning at $50,000 annually.

Job Qualifications: Applicant should be a detail oriented individual with the ability to work independently and prioritize a variable work schedule and have good communication skills, both verbally and in writing. Job will occasionally require walking through rough terrain and/or inclement weather conditions along with carrying equipment. Knowledge of ArcGIS software, google suite of products, social media, engineering equipment, and agricultural practices is beneficial.

Non-Discrimination: KAWS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, or other non-merit factor.

Big Changes Coming…

Welcome!

First of all, we’re so glad you’re here!  We’ve been busy updating our site and renewing our mission and our vision. So, be on the lookout for exciting new changes coming soon!

Because we strive for a spirit of transparency and forward thinking, we’re working on improving our communications. This includes new ways to interact with our site, programs and people.

KAWS operates under a principle of building partnerships. Help us achieve our goals of growth by checking out Who We Are, our upcoming Events, or give us a shout at Contact Us. We can’t wait to hear from YOU!

– Jessica Mounts, Executive Director