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NRCS Partners with Buffett Foundation to Promote Soil Health

Colleen James
(402) 437-4039

Statewide Cover Crops Forums to Explore Soil-Health-Building Opportunities.


LINCOLN, NEB., February 3, 2014 – 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, Feb. 18, at nine different locations in Nebraska.


The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is partnering with University of Nebraska Extension to sponsor the nine Nebraska 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 applying soil health and cover crop practices on their operations.


“By taking advantage of communications technology, local participants will be able to view discussions about the soil-health movement nationally,” says Nebraska State Conservationist Craig Derickson. “Then local farmers and ranchers can discuss the benefits of healthier soil and how to improve soil health on their land.”


Derickson 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 Nebraska forum locations are Sidney, North Platte, Alma, Grand Island, Norfolk, O’Neill, Lincoln, Wilber and Syracuse.


This event is free and open to the public, but because seating is limited, reservations are required. To participate, contact Colleen James at (402) 437-4039 or colleen.james@ne.usda.govto preregister. For more information about the Cover Crops and Soil Health Forum, visit