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Cover Crop and Soil Health Forum

Willie Durham

You are invited to attend a free, live broadcast of the February 18th SARE-sponsored National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health. Join the conversation at one of nearly 200 Cover Crops and Soil Health Forums to be hosted nationwide by the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Cooperative Extension offices.

Please RSVP! There is no cost to participate, but please contact the site you plan to attend to register and confirm both the location and other program details. Providing an RSVP will help host locations make adequate accommodations.

Each forum will feature a live-streamed video broadcast of the opening sessions of the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health in Omaha, Neb. Following the broadcast, discuss with fellow forum participants how cover cropping can build soil health, improve yields, curb erosion, manage pests and build resilience into your farming system.

  • The broadcast will feature:
  • Howard G. Buffett, Howard G. Buffett Foundation
  • Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture (invited)
  • Ray Gaesser, American Soybean Association president
  • A panel of expert producer conservationists:
    • Dave Brandt (Ohio)
    • Gabe Brown (North Dakota)+
    • Dan DeSutter (Indiana)
    • Clay Mitchell (Iowa)

The forums are open to anyone who would like to hear about and discuss the prospects for cover crops and soil health improvements on American farms and ranches. The broadcast will begin at 9:00 a.m. CST at locations statewide (see below).

Attendees of the local forums will also have the opportunity to contribute ideas and comments on cover crops and soil health back to the leadership group at the national conference. These comments will be collected by staff at the local sites as part of the local discussion process.

This forum is being jointly funded by the USDA-NIFA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. A diverse committee of cover crop and soil health experts have planned the program, including representatives of USDA-NRCS staff and the Midwest Cover Crops Council. Logistics for the conference are being handled by the Soil and Water Conservation Society.

4609 West Loop 289
Lubbock, TX 79414
Brandt Underwood
3878 West Houston Harte Expy
San Angelo, TX 76901
Cliff Kinnibrugh
325-944-0147 ext. 3
13434 Leopard Street, Ste A14
Corpus Christi, TX 78410
Bruce Henderson
1716 Briarcrest Drive, Ste 510
Bryan, TX 77802
Rick Leopold
1229 N US Hwy 281
Stephenville, TX 76401
Texas Agrilife Research and Extension
Nancy Posvar
11708 Highway 70 South
Vernon, TX 76384
Texas Agrilife Research and Extension
Nancy Posvar


1525 W California St.
Gainesville, TX 76240
North Central Texas College
Nancy Posvar
808 East Blackland Rd.
Temple, TX 76502
USDA-ARS, Grasslands Soil and Water Research Laboratory
Nancy Posvar