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Local Free Workshop Aims to Improve Soil Health

Nate Matlack
(208) 269-0652

For more information:
Nate Matlack: 208-269-0652 
Marlon Winger: 208-378-5730 

Hands in soil

Fort Hall, Idaho, February 20, 2013 - Producers looking to improve soil on their farms can attend a free soil health workshop on March 6, 2013 at the Shoshone Bannock Hotel off Interstate 15 in Fort Hall. Participants will learn from national and local presenters how to protect soil habitat and improve their profit margin.

“At this workshop, we hope to change the way you view soils,” said Marlon Winger, State Agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. “You’ll learn how farming practices can affect soil quality and what practices can improve it.”

One of the speakers, Brendon Rockey, is a third generation potato farmer from Colorado. Several years ago, Rockey changed his operation to focus on soil health and has been able to maintain yield, improve the crop quality and decreased inputs. Rockey will share knowledge gained from his experience.

Also presenting 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 providing a good habitat for soil 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 also a speaker at the workshop and will be discussing cover crop mixes for Idaho.

The workshop runs from 9 am to 4 pm on March 6, 2013 at the Shoshone Bannock Hotel just off Interstate 15 at Exit 80. Workshop sponsors are the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. For more information contact Nate Matlack at .

Persons requiring accommodation, please notify Nate Matlack by Friday March 1, 2013 at .



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