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Chris Groskreutz
(706) 546-2069

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ATHENS, GA (February 4, 2014) – Farmers, ranchers, researchers, agricultural business operators and conservationists are invited to participate in one of two forums on cover crops and soil health, hosted by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) at 10 a.m., February 18 at the Jimmy Carter Plant Material Center, 295 Morris Ave., Americus, GA 31719 and Bulloch County Agricultural Business Center, 151 Langston Chapel Road, Statesboro, GA 30458.

The local sessions are one of more than 225 forums taking place throughout the country in concert with the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health in Omaha, Nebraska, sponsored by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. 

In addition to providing a venue to discuss local cover crop and soil health opportunities, benefits and barriers, the forums in Americus and Statesboro will feature live-streaming video of the national conference opening session featuring presentations by Howard G. Buffett of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, NRCS Chief Jason Weller, Ray Gaesser, Iowa Farmer and President of the American Soybean Association, and a panel of four leading cover crop and soil health farmers.

NRCS Acting State Conservationist Jack Lewis said “the local-level forums will provide NRCS and its conservation partners and stakeholders a platform to more fully organize and enable state and local soil health efforts at the grassroots level. The local forums will provide an excellent opportunity for participants to discuss how to build soil health, improve yields, curb erosion, manage pests and build resilience in farming systems here in Georgia—and to assess opportunities for, or barriers to, the broader adoption of soil health management systems.”

Lewis said the local forums participants will also have the opportunity to provide ideas and recommendations to the leaders, researchers, innovators and policy makers attending the national conference.

To participate in one of the local forums, contact Jim Dangler at the NRCS office in Athens at 706-546-2090 for the Americus location and David Walden at the NRCS office in Waycross at 912-283-5598 ext 2 for the Statesboro location to ensure adequate seating and to get additional details about the event.


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