The 27th Annual
(1/2 hour NE of Columbus)
Gary F. Zimmer, President of
10851 HWY ID, Box 160
Blue Mounds, WI 53517
Gary Zimmer, Madison, Wis., is a farmer, author, agri-businessman, and educator dedicated to biological agriculture. He is recognized around the world for his dedication to improving farming through restoring soils and has spoken to farmers and agribusiness professionals all across the U.S. and in Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand and South Africa.
Through a lifetime in agriculture, he has never stopped learning or teaching.
Raised on a Wisconsin dairy farm, Gary studied dairy nutrition, earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree from the University of Hawaii, combined with years of hands-on farming experience. Teaching agriculture in southern Minnesota, he continued learning, studying, reading, asking questions and looking at ways of farming with an open mind. He began asking questions about the soil and how it relates to healthy and productive plants, which lead him to read The Albrecht Papers.
Gary trained and worked as a Brookside Consultant for two years in southeastern Minnesota.
For the past 25 years, Gary has been evaluating farming practices as a consultant, on his family’s farm, and as president of Midwestern Bio-Ag, a biological farming consulting company located in Blue Mounds, Wis. He operates the Bio-Ag Learning Center, where biological farming practices and agricultural products are field tested. The Zimmer family’s organic farming operations utilize the ideas Gary has gleaned over a lifetime spent studying agriculture. They include Otter Creek Organic Farm, with a 150-cow organic dairy, and Fox Run Organic Farm, pasture raised pigs and beef cattle. The farms manage a total of over 1,500 acres.
Heavily in demand as a speaker, Gary Zimmer appears at dozens of agribusiness, organic and farmer meetings every year. He has spoken to diverse audiences including the Acres USA conference, Innovative Farmers of Ohio Conference; Heart of Maine Resource Conservation & Development, Upper Midwest Organic Conference, Pennsylvania Sustainable Ag Conference, Vermont Grass Farmer’s Association Grazing Conference, Wisconsin Grazing Conference, Michigan Governor’s Conference on Organic Ag, and has participated in farmer education programs in Australia, Europe, New Zealand and South Africa.
Gary is the author of the book, The Biological Farmer, A Complete Guide to the Sustainable & Profitable Biological System of Farming, published in 2000.
His focus remains on the soil as the source of nutrients: how healthy soils produce healthy plants for healthy livestock and healthy humans.
Visit the Midwestern Bio-Ag website (and read a recent article by Gary Zimmer on quality forages) at www.midwesternbioag.com.