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Soil Guru Archuleta to Talk Healthy Soil in Iowa

Ray Archuleta

DES MOINES, IOWA, Aug. 23, 2012—Popular USDA soils guru Ray Archuleta will bring his high energy presentation style to Iowa the first week of September. He will give a presentation entitled "Farming for the 21st Century: How Soil Health will Save the Farm" at five locations throughout the state beginning Tuesday, Sept. 4. All events are free and open to the public.

Archuleta is a conservation agronomist for USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Greensboro, NC. He specializes in soil quality and the principles of agro-ecology throughout the United States. In 23 years with USDA, Archuleta has worked in five states and served in several capacities, including a water quality project manager, an irrigation specialist, and a soil conservationist.

"Ray is a dynamic speaker who will grab your attention and make you think about what you are doing on your farm," says Rick Bednarek, state soil scientist for NRCS in Iowa. "He uses props and tools to show the audience how soil responds if properly managed."

Following is a schedule of Archuleta's presentations:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 4, 1 p.m., Creston, Southwestern Community College — Room 108
  • Wednesday, Sept. 5, 8:30 a.m., Storm Lake, Buena Vista University — Hanson Room 8
  • Wednesday, Sept. 5, 1 p.m., Fort Dodge, Best Western Starlight Hotel
  • Thursday, Sept. 6, 1 p.m., Waverly, Waverly City Hall/Civic Center
  • Friday, Sept. 7, 9 a.m., Washington, Lake Darling Conservation Center

For more information, contact Rick Bednarek at 515-323-2238.