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Local Cover Crop Forum to Explore Opportunities to Build Soil Health

For immediate release

Media contact: Christy Morgan
Acting Public Affairs Specialist
859-224-7363

Lexington, KY (02/05/14) – Farmers, ranchers, researchers, agricultural business operators and conservationists are invited to participate in a forum on cover crops and soil health, hosted by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Cooperative Extension offices on February 18, 2014.

Kentucky locations:

University of Kentucky Fayette County Cooperative Extension Service Building
1140 Red Mile Pl, Lexington, KY 40504

University of Kentucky Marshall County Cooperative Extension Service Building
1933 Mayfield Hwy, Benton, KY 42025-0658

The session in Kentucky are among 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.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program starts at 9:00 a.m.

In addition to providing a venue to discuss local cover crop and soil health opportunities, benefits and barriers, the forums in Kentucky 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.

Kentucky’s NRCS Acting State Conservationist Clifford Thornton 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 Kentucky—and to assess opportunities for, or barriers to, the broader adoption of soil health management systems,” he said.

Thornton said the local forum 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 the local forum, contact Christy Morgan at the NRCS office in Lexington at 859-224-7363 or email christy.morgan@ky.usda.gov by February 12th to ensure adequate seating.

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