Tama County Nature Center at Otter Creek Lake & Park, Toledo, Iowa
Join Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) and Tama Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) for Soil Health Benefits Your Bottom Line. This free event will explore soil health and its beneficial impact on producers’ profitability.
It will be held on Tuesday, February 12 at the Tama County Nature Center at Otter Creek Lake & Park, 2283 Park Road in rural Toledo, Iowa. The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and includes a complimentary lunch. The afternoon session will conclude around 3:00 p.m. and will cover cost-share opportunities and an advanced soil health session with Q&A.
Featured speaker Ray Archuleta is known nationwide as a soil health expert. Ray is a Seymour, Missouri farmer and will share his message of how mimicking nature increases soil fauna biodiversity, efficiently cycles nutrients and results in agricultural production requiring fewer inputs. He has over 30 years of work experience as a Soil Conservationist, Water Quality Specialist and Conservation Agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Ray is also a Certified Professional Soil Scientist with Soil Science Society of America and served two years in Guatemala as a Livestock Specialist in the Peace Corps.
Another presenter, Wade Dooley, is a Marshall County farmer and livestock producer from Albion, Iowa. Wade is a sixth-generation farmer and has seen firsthand how improved soil health impacts his crop and livestock operation. He will share his cover crop experiences, the benefits of incorporating cover crops into livestock production and cover crop economics on his farm. Wade is one of seven producers featured in Iowa Learning Farms’s video, “Cover Crops: Farmer Perspectives” and serves as a Marshall SWCD Commissioner.
Mick Johnston of Agriculture Professionals in Boone, Iowa will also share his soil health insights. Having grown up on an Illinois farm, Mick has a profound love for agriculture. In his eleven years with Agriculture Professionals, Mick has used a balance of technology and agronomics to develop personal farm management systems which integrate soil health, nutritional stewardship and bottom line profitability. He also has a wide range of experience from trading on the Chicago Board of Trade to developing precision agriculture data support tools.
During breaks in the event proceedings, Tama County Conservation Board staff will be available for tours of the facility’s water quality display room, which features exhibits and a world-class diorama showcasing riparian habitats in Tama County and the plants and animals that live there.
An RSVP is required for this event. Call 641-484-2702, ext. 305 or email email@example.com by Tuesday, February 5.
Persons needing accommodations to participate in this event should contact 641/484-2702, ext. 305, TDD# or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 or firstname.lastname@example.org at least 48 hours prior to the event.
Tama SWCD operates in cooperation with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and the State of Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. All programs and services are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, or handicap. USDA is an equal opportunity employer, provider, and lender. USDA programs are available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or disability.
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