The 7th annual Soil Health Conference will be held on Feb. 23 and 24 at the Delta Center for Performing Arts, 822 Grand Avenue in Delta. This conference is designed to educate producers, orchardists, ranchers, government officials and the broad community about ways to increase organic matter and increase the health of our soils by using cover crop, green manure, grazing, composting, entomology and other sustainable practices.
Nationally renowned speakers Jon Lundgren and Keith Berns will highlight the 2017 conference. The conference will feature a mixture of speakers, 2016 local cover crop data and testing information, as well as breakout sessions.
Jon Lundgren will present "Managing Pests, the good, the bad, and the ugly." Keith Berns will present "Rebuilding Soil: Rebuild it and they will come."
Each speaker will also be part of several breakout sessions. Local experts Katie Alexander, Jerry Allen and Steve Woodis will discuss the "Local Cover Crop Results," which will provide details on a number of local producers who utilize cover crops. This year's presentations will have additional topics covering multi-species livestock integration, orchard cover and management, soil health for backyard gardeners as well as a number of other topics.
Soil health is critical to the future of agricultural production. With a contingent of concerned farmers as well as community groups and government officials the soil health conference has been able to take soil health education and implement techniques and specifically adjust them for the local area. As pressure on agricultural production increases, soil health practices can insure that the agricultural needs are met with sustainable production, quality and economic viability.
Delta County Economic Development is the fiscal and administrative agent for the Soil Health Conference. Understanding that soil is a treasure, DCED in conjunction with NRCS, Delta Conservation District, Shavano Conservation District as well as individuals active in the agricultural community have come together to prepare the Western Slope Soil Health Conference.
For more information please visit www.westerncoloradosoilhealth.com or call DCED at 874-4992.
At their March 5 meeting Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes made two appointments to the county planning commission. Steve Shea was reappointed for a three-year term.