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Cover Crops Forums to Explore Soil-Health-Building Opportunites

Julie MacSwain

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 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, at eight different locations in Minnesota.

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 Minnesota State Conservationist Don Baloun. “Then local farmers can discuss the benefits of healthier soil and how to improve soil health on their land.”

Baloun says a soil-health expert will be at each of the eight forums in Minnesota 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 eight Minnesota forum locations are Brooklyn Center, Cloquet, Erskine, Marshall, Morris, Rochester, St. Cloud and Waite Park.

Because seating is limited, reservations are required. To participate, contact Doug Miller  (651)-602-7889, or


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