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Local Cover Crop Forum to Explore Opportunities to Build Soil Health

USDA NRCS Oregon News Release

Release No. 2014.2.003

Sara Magenheimer, State Public Affairs Officer

Portland, Ore. (Feb. 1, 2014) – Farmers, ranchers, researchers, agricultural business operators and conservationists are invited to participate in forums across the country on cover crops and soil health, hosted by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) from 9:30-12:00, on February 18th. Four Oregon NRCS locations are scheduled to host these forums, located in Salem, Redmond, Klamath Falls and Pendleton.

These local sessions are four of more than 225 forums taking place throughout the country 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, these four forums will feature live-streaming video of the national conference opening session featuring presentations by Howard G. Buffett of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, NRCS Chief Jason Weller, Ray Gaesser, Iowa Farmer and President of the American Soybean Association, and a panel of four leading cover crop and soil health farmers.

NRCS State Conservationist Ron Alvarado said the local-level forums will provide NRCS and its conservation partners and stakeholders a platform to more fully organize and enable state and local soil health efforts at the grassroots level.

“The local forums will provide an excellent opportunity for participants to discuss how to build soil health, improve yields, curb erosion, manage pests and build resilience in farming systems here in Oregon—and to assess opportunities for, or barriers to, the broader adoption of soil health management systems,” Alvarado said.

Local forum participants will also have the opportunity to provide ideas and recommendations to the leaders, researchers, innovators and policy makers attending the national conference.

To receive more information or to register for one of these local forums please contact one of the representatives listed below.

  • Salem Forum
    Location: USDA Service Center, 650 Hawthorn Ave., Suite 130, Salem, OR 97301
    RSVP: 541-967-5925 ext. 121
  • Redmond Forum
    Location: USDA Service Center, 625 SE Salmon Ave., Redmond, OR 97756
    RSVP: 541-993-6099
  • Pendleton Forum
    Location: Umatilla Hall, 2411 NW Carden Ave., Pendleton, OR 97801
    RSVP: 541-276-8131
  • Klamath Falls Forum
    Location: USDA Service Center, 2316 S. 6th Street, Klamath Falls, OR 97601
    RSVP: 541-883-6924 ext. 122

For additional information regarding soil health please visit the NRCS website at



Originally established by Congress in 1935 as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), NRCS has expanded to become a conservation leader for all natural resources, ensuring private lands are conserved, restored, and more resilient to environmental challenges.  The NRCS works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance designed to benefit the soil, water, air, plants, and animals that result in productive lands and healthy ecosystems.


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