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Soil Health Workshops Scheduled for Late November

Lori Valadez



Bozeman, Mont, Oct. 26, 2012 - Local producers will share pros and cons, tips, and tricks they have learned while focusing on improving their soil health at three workshops in Great Falls, Hardin, and Miles City, Mont., Nov. 27, 28, and 29, 2012. The workshops are sponsored by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Dwayne Beck, manager of the Dakota Lakes Research farm in South Dakota, will discuss methods that have allowed producers to profitably adopt no-till techniques on irrigated and dryland farms. He will also talk about the important role of crop rotation in minimizing weeds, diseases and insect problems while increasing potential profitability.

Paul Jasa, Extension engineer from the University of Nebraska, will share the experiences he has gained from research and extension, and information on no‐till planting equipment and system management.

Workshop Locations and Dates:

Great Falls, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, Montana Electric Cooperative, 501 Bay Drive Details: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Includes lunch sponsored by the Cascade, Pondera, Teton and Judith Basin Conservation Districts. RSVP by calling 406-727-7580 ext. 127.

Hardin, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, Big Horn County Fairgrounds, Fair Grounds Road Details: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Includes lunch sponsored by the Big Horn Conservation District. RSVP by calling 406-665-3442 ext. 3.

Miles City, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, Sleep Inn and Suites, 1006 Hayne Ave. Details: 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Includes lunch sponsored by the Custer Conservation District. RSVP by calling 406-232-7905 ext. 103.

Three private applicator recertification credits and 3.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Certified Crop Advisors will be awarded for attending. Sign up for credits at the door when arriving at the workshop.

NRCS provides reasonable accommodations for all persons with disabilities to participate in NRCS programs and activities. If you require special accommodations, please contact Marni Thompson (406)727-7580 for Great Falls, Seanna Sparks (406)665-3442 ext 101 for Hardin, or Mark Henning (406)232-7905 ext 115 for Miles City, by Nov. 13, 2012. 


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