Jay Fuhrer

Jay Fuhrer

Jay Fuhrer is a Soil Health Specialist employed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Bismarck, North Dakota.

He has boots-on-the-ground experience over 38 years, working with cropping systems, grazing systems, cover crops, and gardens.

Jay also has an extensive background working with groups and entities; these include soil and water conservation districts, national and international no-till organizations, grazing clubs, watersheds, farm organizations, urban groups, and more.  Jay’s interest in soil health has resulted in numerous speaking engagements within the US, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Russia, and South Africa.

Jay spends his time at the Menoken Farm, minimizing soil disturbance, adding soil armour, maximizing plant diversity, maintaining living roots in the soil, and integrating livestock.

Carbon, Crops and Covers

Seminar Barn

Managing carbon begins with the understanding of the carbon cycle and how it relates to cropping systems, grazing systems, orchards, gardens, etc. How does carbon enter the soil and how does it leave?  What is the process for carbon in the surface residue and the root mass?  What role can livestock play? Soil regeneration requires […]

Lecture
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Rainfall Simulator Demonstration

Conference Barn

See the dramatic effect of two inches of rainfall on soils under different management regimes: no-till and cultivated, with and without cover and permanent pasture. Hosted by Jay Fuhrer

Demonstration
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Rebuilding and Maintaining Life in the Soil

Seminar Barn

Rebuilding and maintaining life in the soil is directly linked to the longevity and reliability of our future agriculture. Plants, animals, and soils evolved together over geological time. Consequently, the cropping and grazing systems we are using today are not the systems which originally built our soils. Landscape simplification has been ongoing for generations fueled […]

First Principles Lecture
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Rainfall Simulator Demonstration

Conference Barn

See the dramatic effect of two inches of rainfall on soils under different management regimes: no-till and cultivated, with and without cover and under permanent pasture.

Demonstration
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