Cover Crops Forums to Explore Soil-Health-Building Opportunities
Farmers, ranchers, researchers, agricultural business operators and conservationists are invited to participate in forums about cover crops and soil health from 8:45 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, at nine different locations in Missouri.
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is partnering with University of Missouri Extension to sponsor the nine Missouri forums. The forums will be conducted simultaneously along with more than 200 other forums throughout the country. They will be 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 will feature live-streaming video of the national conference’s opening session featuring presentations by Howard G. Buffett, NRCS Chief Jason Weller, Ray Gaesser, Iowa farmer and president of the American Soybean Association, and a panel of farmers.
“By taking advantage of communications technology, local participants will be able to view discussions about the soil-health movement nationally,” says Missouri State Conservationist J.R. Flores. “Then local farmers and ranchers can discuss the benefits of healthier soil and how to improve soil health on their land.”
Flores says a soil-health expert will be at each of the nine forums in Missouri to lead the local discussion and answer questions. He says forum participants will also have the opportunity to provide ideas and recommendations that will be forwarded to national researchers and policy makers.
The nine Missouri forum locations are St. Joseph, Warrensburg, Columbia, Mexico, Shelbyville, Perryville, Jackson, Greenfield and Carthage.
Because seating is limited, reservations are required. To participate, contact Teana Cook at (573) 876-0901, or by email.