Seventh Annual Southern Region Soil Health Workshop

7th Annual Southern Region Soil Health Workshop Planned for January 29th

The Southern Region Soil Health Workshop on January 29, 2019 in Salem, IN will take a well-rounded look at the topic of soil health. The workshop will run from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and includes a variety of presentations.

Speakers and topics include Eileen Kladivko, Purdue University Professor of Agronomy. Eileen was recently recognized at the National No-Till Conference, for her research and efforts in promoting soil health. She will speak on “Extreme Weather Conditions-Setting Up a Durable Conservation system” and “Fall Nutrient Loss Management with Cover Crops”. Rick Clark, an Indiana farmer, will share his approach to incorporating cover crops and diversification in their operation. Danielle Walker with Washington County-Purdue Extension to speak on “Updates on Dicamba Rules”.

Washington County District Conservationist, Ruth Hackman, with the Natural Resources Conservation Service shared, “Eileen Kladivko has done long research in Southern Indiana and is very excited to come back to present. Past audiences always to seem draw a lot of good information from our farmer presenters. Rick Clark will be sharing his farm story but will also include the specific financial gain he attributes to cover crops and conservation tillage on his operation. Attributing a net return from cover crops is a lot of times very hard for producers to calculate. To have this caliber of speakers so close to home is a rare opportunity for producers in South Central Indiana.”

Todd Armstrong, a local landowner and operator who has attended past soil health workshops, encourages all producers to take advantage of this workshop. “Every farmer wants to build organic matter, keep soil and nutrients in place, increase soil biological activity in their crop fields which all contribute to increasing crop yield. This workshop helps those farmers learn how to make soil health a top priority in their operation.”

This will be the eighth year for this educational event, which reflects a continued public interest in soil health management practices. Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor Jim Brown explained, “We are on the edge of a great revolution in terms of thinking about soil health as a complete system for agricultural production.” 

Advance registration for the event is required by January 24th and can be completed by contacting the Washington County SWCD at (812) 883-3006, extension 3. The workshop will take place in Cornerstone
Hall (1700 N. Jim Day Road, Salem, IN 47167). The $10.00 workshop fee includes a light breakfast, lunch,
and informational handouts. Commercial Applicator Credits and Certified Crop Advisor Credits are available at no additional cost. Private Applicator Credits are available for a $10.00 fee. Questions about applicator credits may be directed to Danielle Walker at (812) 883-4601.

The workshop is organized by the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), the United States Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS), Purdue Extension-Washington County, Indiana State Department of Agriculture and the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI), the South Fork-Blue River Watershed Project, and the Mill Creek-Blue River Watershed Project. The SWCD and partners are equal opportunity providers and accommodations for those who need them will be provided; simply contact the SWCD at (812) 883-3704 ext. 3 at least 10 days prior to the event.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.

Event Properties

Event Date 01-29-2019 8:00 am
Event End Date 01-29-2019 3:30 pm