About the Host Farm

Schrack Farms is a multi-generation family farm established in 1773 and is located in central Pennsylvania near Loganton. Now managed by the 9th,10th, and 11th generation, the farm has grown to a 1200 cow dairy operation cropping around 2400 acres, with field elevations ranging from 1200 to 1600 feet. Schrack Farms has been an early adopter of regenerative agricultural practices, starting with no-till in the 1970s and planting cover crops for the last 20 years. These practices have significantly improved the water infiltration rates and help to protect the high-quality trout stream that flows through their valley. A methane digester in operation since 2006, produces electricity and heat energy, that reduces the farm's carbon footprint. They have been the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2018 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the year, presented by the International Dairy Foods Association.

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Family members are active leaders in the community with such organizations as the PA No-Till Alliance, Professional Dairy Managers of PA, Clinton County Conservation District, Sugar Valley Watershed Association, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, and serving on numerous state committees. They have been a positive influence in the promotion of soil health principles both near and far.

Course Description

This class will focus on transitioning the cropping systems in confined dairy operations. This school will focus on improving soil function in a high manure system. Students will learn ecological nutrient management, proper soil testing, no-till and learn proper cover crop management and other ecological principles to reduce costs.

October 26-28, 2021

Tuition of $1,375 includes:
• Regen Ag 101 course ($499.00 value), which we would like you to complete prior to the first day of class;
• In-person attendance at the SHA school, as well as digital course materials and lunch each day;
• Two follow-up Zoom meetings with a consultant within the first year after the date of the SHA school you attended; and
• Access to future scheduled conference calls with the instructors.

Discounts available!
• With a paid registration at $1375, you may bring an immediate family member along and they will receive a $200 discount
• Full time college students will receive a $200 discount
• Soil Health Academy alumni will receive a $200 discount
• Scholarship opportunities available at: soilhealthacademy.org/scholarships

Email: info@soilhealthacademy.org for coupon code

School Location

The Sportsman Club
55 South Sportsman Rd
Loganton, PA 17751

Farm Location

Schrack Farm
506 West Valley Rd
Loganton, PA 17747

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone wanting to transform their dairy into a highly efficient and profitable business and transform their quality of
    life. You will learn how to build soil, animal and economic health through a combination of classroom and field
    exercises. The school will tackle the biggest issues facing dairy producers, from herd health and reproduction, to
    crop and cover crop success, to waste management and fertility, to economics and building true net wealth.
    Hands-on experience will be heavily emphasized.
  •  Dairy producers of all sizes and types. Milk production is a fast-paced, highly demanding profession and dairy
    producers have the skill and revenue to accomplish great things. We hope to broaden your perspective on using
    your expertise and advantages with practical tools that increase your options, reduce vulnerability, and strengthen
    your resilience.
  •  Any producer that wants to know more about the “how do I get there from here”. Learn what can be done, what it
    might cost, how long it may take, and what it could look like along the way.

This is a power-packed three days that will change your perspective on what dairying should be and can be. Taught by
highly experienced and expert regenerative farmers and dairy producers.

Make a list of your pain points, your limiting factors, your strengths and your rewarding activities, to put them in
perspective so you can lead your farm to the next level. Participants will work in teams to solve real-world grazing
problems and sharpen their skills.

What You Will Learn

  • ● Practical Application of The Principles of Soil Health & Adaptive Stewardship
    ● Restoring Vibrant Ecosystems on Operating Dairies
    ● Cropping & Cover Cropping Strategies for Building Soil Health and Nutrient Dense Feedstuffs
    ● Making Dairying Highly Profitable & Highly Enjoyable
    ● High Level Observation and Decision-Making Skills
    ● Improving Cow Health and Performance While Reducing Inputs
    ● Effectively and Efficiently Implementing Grazing Strategies where Practical
    ● Strategies for Enhanced Net Margins
    ● How to Lay out Practical and Flexible Grazing Plans
    ● Preparing and Accounting for the Unexpected
    Understanding and Working with your Resource Concerns
    ● Enhanced Market Opportunities
    ● The Practical Implications of Improved Soil Health, Including Mitigating Effects of Wet or Dry Conditions,
    Increased Harvest Windows, and Improved Animal Performance.

Topics Addressed

  • Planning for drought
    ● Managing wet conditions
    ● Cropping rotations for soil health
    ● Strategies for significant input cost reduction
    ● Integrating livestock into cropping systems
    ● Grazing alternative forages (heifers, dry cows) - crop residue, cover crops
    ● Maintaining cow comfort while using the herd to advance soil health
    ● Using financial decision calculators and developing cash flow projections
    ● Water systems - wells, surface water, pipelines, pumps, etc.
    ● Fence systems - permanent and portable/temporary. How an energized fence works. Energized fence
    troubleshooting.
    ● Manure and fertility management – Avoiding issues and effective application
    ● Soil health evaluation - infiltration, earthworm counts, sniff test, soil aggregate observation, shovel test
    ● Should I soil test? What test(s) should I use? How do I regulate fertility?
    ● Building and maintaining true cow health and optimal performance.
    ● Identifying current and future market opportunities and how to best prepare
    ● Addressing resource concerns

Educators

Ray Archuleta

Ray Archuleta

Kent Solberg

Kent Solberg

Phyllis & Paul Van Amburg

Phyllis & Paul Van Amburgh

Dr. Allen Williams

Dr. Allen Williams

Hotel Options

Hampton Inn & Suites
$95.00/night
Additional $10 if you want a suite
24 Hospitality Ln
Mill Hall, PA 17751

Closest Airport

Wilkes-Barre Scranton - AVP
100 Terminal Rd
Avoca, PA 18641
570-602-2000

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