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Soil Health Workshops Scheduled for Southern Idaho Locations

Marlon Winger
(208) 378-5730

For more information:
Alexis Collins, Public Affairs Specialist: 208-685-6978 

Photo of hands holding soilBOISE, Idaho, August 3, 2012— Producers seeking to improve their farm’s soil can attend a free soil health workshop on August 28 in Idaho Falls, August 29 in Pocatello or August 30 in the Magic Valley. Participants will learn from national and local presenters how to protect their soil habitat.   

“We’re going to learn how our farming practices affect soil quality,” said , State Agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. “At this workshop, we hope to change the way you view soils.”

The key note speaker is Ray Archuleta, a national conservation agronomist with NRCS. Archuleta travels around the country presenting information and technology that can help farmers improve their soil health. He says soils are a living factory of macroscopic and microscopic organisms. Providing a good habitat for those organisms improves your soil. Archuleta will demonstrate a simple way to test soils to determine how well they function.

“With a better understanding of the microbial activity in soil, farmers can improve the soil health,” Winger said. “Healthy soils have improved water infiltration rates, reduce fuel, fertilizer and pesticide needs, and resist wind and water erosion.” Winger is one of the speakers at the workshop and will be discussing new technologies in cover crops.

The workshops run from 9 am to 3 pm. There is no cost but bring your own lunch.

The Idaho Falls workshop on August 28 will be at the Bonneville County Extension Office, 2925 Rollandet Street in the Jack Hamilton Bldg.

The August 29 workshop will be in Pocatello at the Farm Bureau Office, 275 Tierra Vista Drive.                

The August 30 workshop will be in Jerome at Con Paulos Chevrolet, 251 East Frontage Road South.

The workshop is offered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, University of Idaho Extension Service, and Soil and Water Conservation Districts. For more information contact at 208-378-5730 or the NRCS state office at 208-378-5700.

Persons requiring accommodation or materials in an alternate format, please notify Alexis Collins at 208- 685-6978 by Monday August 20, 2012.



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