The 3rd annual Western Slope Soil Health Conference will be held on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 24-25, at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, located at 530 Gunnison River Drive in Delta. This conference is designed to educate producers, government officials and the broad community about issues to increase organic matter in our soils through cover crops, green manure, compost, minimum tillage, and various soil amendments.
Also, various irrigation practices will be addressed.
There is no admission charge to attend the conference which will begin each day at 8:30 a.m., concluding at 4:30 p.m.
Agriculture sustainability is a major focus for both Delta County Economic Development Inc., and Montrose Economic Development Corporation. Both agencies have partnered in a joint sponsorship of the conference along with other local businesses and agencies.
Featured speakers for this two-day conference include:
• Brendon Rockey, Rockey Farms, Colorado;
• Rudy Garcia, NRCS, New Mexico;
• John Diener, Red Rock Ranch, California;
• Jay Fuhrer, NRCS, Burleigh County, North Dakota; and
• Mike Collins, area conservationist for the NRCS will be moderating the conference.
Producers panels will be held throughout the two-day event including discussions on cover crops, companion crops, composting, cowboy mix, and connecting all of the dots for success.
Davetos Italian Restaurant and C&J's Café will be serving lunch each day, which is free of charge to conference attendees. There will be a variety of agricultural product vendors on site along with informative lectures and education throughout the event.
If you have ever asked yourself "What is Soil Health?" please join us for this two-day informative event. For more information, please contact Delta County Economic Development at 874-4992, or Montrose Economic Development Corporation at 249-9438.