NRCS, Invites local farmers, producers to local forum on cover crops and soil health, February 18th
(304) 284- 4826 or (304) 376-0115
Five West Virginia sites open to participate in National Cover Crops and Soil Health Conference via internet streaming
MORGANTOWN, W. Va., February 11, 2014 –The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host farmers, producers and select partner agencies as part of the National Cover Crops and Soil Health Conference, Feb. 18. While the national conference will take place in Omaha, Nebraska, five local forum sites have been selected in West Virginia to participate.
“In West Virginia, NRCS is hosting five local forums to provide ample opportunity for state farmers, producers and landowners to learn more about cover crop operations and soil health,” said Kevin Wickey, NRCS State Conservationist. “This event is the first of its kind and very beneficial to anyone who would like to learn more. Soil health experts and a panel of four farmers who have successfully used the cover crops conservation practice will be on hand to share their knowledge via online streaming.”
The national conference is sponsored by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) 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 our soils through the adoption of soil health management systems.
“From 2009 through 2013, NRCS has had provided more than $315,000 in financial assistance for cover crops in 68 contracts that covered 3,965 acres across the state,” Wickey said. “Knowledge is vital for successful cover crop operations. The process is not instantaneous and planning is necessary. The results are healthier soil, higher production rates and the advantage of producing more than one crop annually.”
All farmers, producers and landowners are invited to attend and there is no cost associated with the event. NRCS also sent letters to various federal, state and non-federal agencies inviting them to attend the local forums. Registering at one of the five local forum sites is required as space is limited. West Virginia sites and contact information are:
Lewisburg – 179 Northridge Drive, Lewisburg, WV 24901 / 304-645-6172
Martinsburg – 151 Edwin Miller Blvd., Martinsburg, WV 25404 / 304-822-3020
Morgantown – 1550 Earl L. Core Road, Morgantown, WV 26505 / 304-284-7540
Moorefield – 223 North Main Street, Moorefield, WV 26836 / 304-530-2825
Point Pleasant – 525 Viand Street, Point Pleasant, WV 25550 / 304-624-2020
Attendees must arrive by 9:00 a.m. for the live streaming portion, which is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon. A local forum discussion time line will vary from site to site based on attendees. Participants should contact their selected site location for more specific details.
For more information, go to http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/wv/home/.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service helps America’s farmers, ranchers and forestland owners conserve the Nation’s soil, water, air and other natural resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions which benefit both the landowner and the environment. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call 1-866-632-9992 (Toll-Free Customer Service), 1-800-877-8339 (Local or Federal Relay) or 1-866-377-8642 (Relay Voice Users).