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McHenry County College's Farm-Focused Speaker Series Explores Rotational Grazing

[Tuesday, February 11, 2020]

McHenry County College (MCC) announces the second event in its Center for Agrarian Learning speaker series, Forefront: Ideas in Food and Farming. The series features innovative thinkers and doers in the food and farm economy, and is an opportunity for farmers, land owners, chefs, local food enthusiasts, and others interested in the food economy to dive deep into how and why of food production.

This month's presentation, "Rotational Grazing: Improve Soil Health and the Farm’s Bottom Line," will be held on Sunday, February 23 at 2 p.m. in the Luecht Auditorium. Fourth-generation rancher Rod Ofte of Willow Creek Ranch will explain how rotational grazing has made a positive impact on his farm's profitability while also improving the health of his soil, animals, water, and surrounding wildlife habitats. Ofte will share tips for maximizing farm productivity and marketing end products while becoming a better long-term steward of the land. 

The session is free to attend, but registration is required. Visit to reserve your spot and learn more.

Upcoming Forefront sessions include "Whole Grain Revolution" on March 29 and "Soul Sisters: How Women Transform Our Food System" on April 26.  

The series is presented by MCC's Center for Agrarian Learning, which launched in 2019 as a resource hub designed to connect growers to the people and ideas they need to succeed. The Center also hosts ongoing workshops designed to dive deeper into some of the most relevant topics facing farmers today. A complete list of these workshops can be viewed at

For more information about the Center for Agrarian learning, visit or contact Sheri Doyel, director of the Center for Agrarian Learning, at or (815) 479-7618.   

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