The fourth annual Western Slope Soil Health Conference will be held on Jan. 23-24 at the Bill Heddles Recreaton Center 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.
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.
Previous conferences have focused on the theory and science of soil health. This conference will have a great deal of information on how to actually put practices to work on local farms.
Featured speakers for this two-day conference include: Brendon Rockey of Rockey Farms in Colorado; Gail Fuller, Fuller Farms in Kansas; Eric Wardle, Troy Bouder and Joe Brummer from Colorado State University; and Keith Burns, Green Cover See, Bladen, Neb.
Other speakers joining the conference include Dave Zimmerer with Schlagel Equipment, Mike Peterson with Orthman Equipment, and farmers from Fort Collins, including Troy Seaworth and Mike Steiben.
Mike Collins, area conservationist for the NRCS, will be moderating the conference.
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 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.blog comments powered by Disqus