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National Conference on Cover Crops & Soil Health: Harvesting the Potential

National Conference on Cover Crops & Soil Health: Harvesting the Potential
12/07/2017 – 12/08/2017 all-day
Indianapolis, IN
$90/$150/$50 farmer/non-farmer/student through Nov. 7; thereafter $115/$200/$75
Soil & Water Conservation Society

The second National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health is December 7-8, 2017, in Indianapolis. This meeting will be an opportunity to learn recent developments in how cover crops are being used by innovative farmers across the country and gain insights on improving soil health from producers, conservation leaders, and scientists.

Whether you are contemplating cover crops for the first time, or you have years of experience and want to interact with soil health and cover crops innovators, this program will provide you with valuable information, networking, and learning opportunities.

The conference is intended for anyone interested in the practical use of cover crops and soil health improvement, including farmers; conservation agents; certified crop advisers (CCAs) and agribusiness staff; and university, nongovernmental organization (NGO), and agency representatives.

Headliners for the conference include:

  • Keith Berns, a nationally known Nebraska farmer on the topic of carbonomics
  • David Montgomery, a geologist and popular author on soils and erosion, whose latest book is titled Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life
  • Dan DeSutter, a grain farmer from the central Corn Belt and a long-time no-tiller and cover crop user
  • Trey Hill, a grain farmer from the eastern Corn Belt and also a long-time no-tiller and cover crop user
  • Jimmy Emmons, a rancher and grain farmer from the Southern Plains, who grazes cover crops

Over 40 presenters, nearly half of them farmers with years of cover cropping experience, will be speaking in a variety of informative breakout sessions including: introduction to cover crops; advanced practices such as planting green and interseeding, grazing cover crops, managing herbicide resistant weeds with cover crops, use of cover crops in horticulture and organic operations; and latest approaches on measuring soil health, building soil organic matter, and understanding soil biology.

There will be six breakout tracks available for participants to choose from, including:

  • Basics of Cover Cropping
  • Advanced Cover Cropping Insights from Farmer Experts
  • Diving into Soil Health
  • Cover Crop Role in the Cropping System
  • Impacts of Cover Crops on Economics/Environment
  • Special Topics with Cover Crops and Soil Health

Providing an opportunity for networking with speakers and service providers is a priority for the conference, and the exhibit hall will be designed to allow participant interaction with equipment, seed, and service providers important to practical cover crop and soil health implementation.

Optional farm tours near Indianapolis will also be available on the second afternoon following the conclusion of the main conference program.