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February 4, 2014
Cover Crop Forum to explore opportunities for farmers to build soil health

Farmers, ranchers, researchers, agricultural business operators and conservationists are invited to participate in a forum on cover crops and soil health, hosted by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on Tuesday, February 18 at the USU Brigham City Campus, 265 West 1100 South, Brigham City, UT 84302. The meeting will begin at 7:45 a.m. in time to join a live national Webcast from Omaha, Nebraska.

This local session is one of more than 225 forums taking place throughout the country in concert with the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health in Omaha, Nebraska, sponsored by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

In addition to providing a venue to discuss local cover crop and soil health opportunities, benefits and barriers, the forum in Brigham City will feature live-streaming video of opening remarks at the national conference opening session featuring Howard G. Buffett of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, NRCS Chief Jason Weller, Ray Gaesser, Iowa Farmer and President of the American Soybean Association, and a panel of four leading cover crop and soil health farmers.

NRCS State Conservationist Dave Brown said the four local-level forums in Utah will provide NRCS and its conservation partners and stakeholders a platform to more fully organize and enable state and local soil health efforts at the grassroots level.  The other three Utah forums will be held in Price, Richfield, and Blanding.

“The local forums will provide an excellent opportunity for participants to discuss how to build soil health, improve yields, curb erosion, manage pests and build resilience in farming systems here in Utah-and to assess opportunities for, or barriers to, the broader adoption of soil health management systems,” he said.

Brown said the local forum participants will also have the opportunity to provide ideas and recommendations to the leaders, researchers, innovators and policy makers attending the national conference.  He noted that interest in conservation tillage, cover crops, and soil health is growing in Utah.

To participate in the local forum, contact Benjamin Hudson at the NRCS office in Tooele at 435-882-2276, ext. 107 or benjamin.hudson@ut.usda.gov by Feb. 13, 2014 to ensure adequate seating and to get additional details about the event.

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