SPRINGFIELD - Using cover crops and improving soil health remained hot topics in 2018 and the trend is not fading. In fact, the go-getters have already seeded their cover crops. What’s stopping everyone else? Those who still need more information are invited to make plans now to attend a 2019 Conservation Cropping Seminar.
Upcoming events include two powerful speakers not to be missed. Soil sustainability author David Montgomery and soil health rock star Ray Archuleta will be on hand to provide information and demonstrations. Montgomery is the author of “A Growing Revolution-Bringing Our Soil Back To Life” and Archuleta is an energetic, inspirational retired NRCS agronomist and spokesman for USDA-NRCS’s Unlock the Secrets of the Soil campaign.
In his presentation, Montgomery will combine ancient wisdom and modern science for a powerful look at agriculture changes being faced today. Archuleta will share evidence, enthusiasm and more as he tells the story of soil biology and the miracle below our feet. Each event will feature both Montgomery and Archuleta as well as research and local farmer testimonials and discussions where attendees are invited to ask the questions they need answered.
Elliot Lagacy, IDOA, said the seminars will help provide more information on practices such as cover crops, nutrient management and soil health, which help address resource concerns outlined in the state’s Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS).
Three events are scheduled across the state offering access to valuable information for farmers ready to make important and profitable changes on their ground. Register for any of the seminars - Jan. 22 in Mendota (Civic Center), Jan. 23 in Springfield (Crowne Plaza), or Jan. 24 in O’Fallon (Regency Hotel) - at www.ccswcd.com. For more information about the Mendota event, contact Joe at (815) 787-5480.
Each seminar costs $20, payable by check or credit card, and includes lunch. The 2019 events start early and end before 4 p.m. with time to meet and visit speakers and sponsors or chat with others in an informal networking atmosphere. Illinois farmers, ag retailers and advisors are growing more interested in taking steps to increase conservation and improve water quality. Five soil and water management credits are available for Certified Crop Advisors.
To learn more and to register, visit the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District website www.ccswcd.com. Local businesses and organizations can exhibit, serve as sponsors, and reach local and new clients. See website for details.
Primary sponsors and organizers include Illinois Department of Agriculture, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, American Farmland Trust, the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts.