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Contact:

Erik Suffridge

406-587-6873


National Forum on Cover Crops, Soil Health Shown at Six Montana Locations

A video internet-stream from the National Cover Crop and Soil Health Conference in Omaha, Neb., on Feb. 18, 2014, will be available to view at six locations across Montana. The conference will feature USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack (invited) and Howard G. Buffett, followed by panel presentations from leading cover crop farmers from across the nation.

Approximately 200 concurrent “forum” locations throughout the country will provide the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and its conservation partners with an opportunity to experience the conference and discuss ways to more fully organize and energize the soil health movement at the grassroots level.

The national conference is sponsored by NRCS, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education and will bring together key leaders, researchers, innovators and policy makers in American agriculture to examine the benefits, opportunities and challenges associated with improving the health and function of soil through the adoption of soil health management systems.

When:
Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 10:00 a.m. mountain time (delayed broadcast)

Where:

Baker
Red River Inn, 410 Montana Ave. West
RSVP - Ann Fischer, 406-778-2238 ext. 109

Billings
Billings Public Library, 510 North Broadway
RSVP - Evan VanOrder, 406-665-3442 ext. 110

Great Falls
Montana Electric Coop Association, 501 Bay Drive
RSVP - Joyce Trevithick, 406-727-7580 ext. 128

Manhattan
Gallatin Conservation District, 120 South Fifth Street
RSVP - Justin Meissner, 406-266-3146 ext. 103

Miles City
Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Lab, 243 Fort Keogh Road
RSVP - Mark Henning, 406-232-7905 ext. 115

Missoula
NRCS Office, 3550 Mullan Road, Suite 106
RSVP - Ben Montgomery, 406-676-2841 ext. 111

For more information, visit the NRCS Montana website at www.mt.nrcs.usda.govor the SARE website at www.sare.org.