The ninth annual Soil Health Conference will be held Feb. 21 and 22 at the Delta Center for Performing Arts, located at 822 Grand Avenue in Delta. This conference is the area's premier educational and networking event 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, no-till/minimum-till, green manure, grazing, composting, entomology and other sustainable practices for food and fiber production.
Nationally-renowned NRCS soil health specialist and keynote speaker, Jay Fuhrer will highlight the 2019 conference. Fuhrer will address the impact of soil health practices on forage quality for livestock, how to implement soil health practices inside high tunnels, and composting inoculants on large and small scales.
Jay Fuhrer is a conservationist employed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Bismarck, N.D. Fuhrer emphasizes soil health as a foundation for cropping systems, grazing systems, cover crops, soil biology, pollinators, insects, wildlife and quality of life. In addition, Fuhrer uses cover crops and livestock integration to connect the cropping and grazing systems together, raising the soil health bar even higher.
The conference will also feature Daniel and Hana Fullmer. The Fullmers practice regenerative agriculture at Tierra Vida Farm in Durango and they operate a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) produce business. Conference attendees are invited to participate in a mixture of breakout sessions applying soil health practices to rangeland, gardening, orchards and much more.
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 ensure that agricultural needs are met with sustainable production, quality and economic viability.
Shavano Conservation District (SCD) is the fiscal and administrative agent for the Soil Health Conference. SCD in conjunction with Natural Resource Conservation Service and individuals active in the agricultural community have come together to present this conference. For more information visit www.westerncolorado
soilhealth.org or call SCD at 970-964-3582.