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Local Cover Crop Forum to Explore Opportunities to Build Soil Health

News from U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service
300 Ala Moana Blvd., #4-118, Honolulu, HI  96850

HONOLULU, Feb. 10 – Farmers, ranchers, researchers, agricultural business operators and conservationists are invited to participate in a forum on cover crops and soil health, hosted by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Guam, Pohnpei, and Saipan.

These local sessions are one 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, the forums in Guam, Pohnpei, and Saipan will feature video clips of four leading cover crop and soil health farmers.

NRCS Acting Director Christine Clarke said, “The local-level forums will provide NRCS and its conservation partners and stakeholders a platform to more fully organize and enable local soil health efforts at the grassroots level.”

“This is an excellent opportunity for participants to discuss how to build soil health, improve yields, curb erosion, manage pests and build resilience in farming systems in the islands—and to assess opportunities for, or barriers to, the broader adoption of soil health management systems,” she said.

To participate in any of the free local forums, contact the NRCS office listed below to ensure adequate seating, reasonable accommodations, and to get additional details about the event:

NRCS – Guam, West Area Office, 770 East Sunset Blvd, #260 Barrigada, GU 96913
Contact John Lawrence at (671) 300-8576.

NRCS – Pohnpei, Pohn Umpomp Bldg. #1C, Nett, Pohnpei 96941
Contact Arlene Rosenkrans at (691) 320-5893.

NRCS – Saipan, DY Building, Beach Road, South Garapan, Saipan, MP 96950  
Contact Kendal Hicks at (670) 233-3415 ext. 100.

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