Hosted by the USDA-NRCS and Allegheny County Conservation District, this regional workshop will focus on the benefits of improving soil health in agricultural systems.
Early bird registration before February 22nd is $16. Registration after February 22nd is $20.
Featured speakers include:
Jim Hoorman: Cover Crop and Soil Health Specialist, Ohio-Michigan NRCS - Jim was an Ohio State Extension Educator for 25 years before joining NRCS and will present on the principles of ECO farming. ECO Farming stands for Eternal no-till, Continuous living cover, and other best management practices to try to eliminate tillage as much as possible. The principles behind ECO farming offer economic advantages for farms and a positive benefit for society. ECO farming mimics natural cycles. Soil microbes, in particular mycorrhizae fungi, are very beneficial to the soil by enhancing plant nutrition. Tillage and lack of a growing crop (cash or cover) inhibit mycorrhizal reproduction. Cover crops and no-till together speed up the process.
Dr. John Tooker: Assistant Professor of Entomology/Extension Specialist, Penn State University - Dr. Tooker's research focuses on the principle that while soil health systems improve soil quality, they can also simultaneously help build robust populations of soil invertebrates, including predatory species that can be allies in pest control. His research suggests that incorporating IPM along side other soil health practices maximizes the potential for fields to better withstand pest invasions while diminishing the potential for pesticides to degrade benefits provided by soil health practices.
Steve Groff: Cover Crop Coaching - Steve and his family, farm 305 acres of cash grain crops, pumpkins and heirloom tomatoes in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. For the past 22 years, his Cedar Meadow Farm has conducted thousands of cover crop research trials- out of which he developed the well-known Tillage Radish.
Steve is the founder of Cover Crop Coaching & he is a contributing columnist for the American Agriculturalist magazine and the Lancaster Farming- writing articles on the use of cover crops.
Become a sponsor:
Vendor Level 1 | $200: table space, 3-5 minutes during lunch to highlight your business, business listing in conference program, two lunch tickets
Vendor Level 2 | $150: table space, business listing in conference program, one lunch ticket
Vendor Level 3 | $50: business listing in conference program
For more information about the workshop
contact Andy Gaver (NRCS) at 724-482-4800.ext. 3