If your farm, business or organization is interested in profitably raising food and fiber in healthy soil, you should attend the 2nd Annual Ohio Soil Health Symposium on March 27 at the Seneca County-Camden Falls Conference Center, 2460 St. Rt.231, Tiffin, OH 44883.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  and will offer attendees helpful topics, tricks, research data, tools and expert advice, no matter what your size and level of soil health knowledge. Breakout sessions tracts will provide information “For Farmers”, “For Advisors”, and “From Industry”. Attendees can choose throughout the day which sessions would be most valuable.

The symposium will feature Special Guest, Doug Peterson.

Doug is the Missouri and Iowa Regional State Soil Health Specialist for Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). He has worked for more than 29 years as a conservationist helping farmers graze and grow crops profitably and sustainably in northern and southern Missouri. He also has 250 cow/calf operation where he uses rotational and holistic management practices to limit hay use to one bale per cow per winter.

“I’m humbled to share with farmers my personal grazing experiences and professional knowledge to help grow healthier soil in Ohio. I’m also interested in learning from Ohio farmers, advisors and industry so the nation’s most foundational natural resource can be healthier coast to coast,” said Doug Peterson, keynote speaker.

“Bringing speakers from outside of Ohio to share their farm’s experiences with soil health is one way we can all learn,” said Bret Margraf of the Seneca Conservation District. “Diversity isn’t something we just want in our cover crop mixes and seed choices; the people we are around need to be diverse too. The fact that the Symposium will include ag industry folks, crop and conservation advisors and farmers from all over Ohio, will make the learning and benefits increase for everyone.”

Topics for the daylong event include:

  • After-market add-ons for cover crop seeding
  • Compaction reduction research findings
  • Aerial scouting & nutrient management
  • Regenerative farming in Iowa
  • Changing weather trend impacts to soil
  • Using grants to further soil health
  • Bees and pollination
  • High-density rotational grazing
  • Cover crops for vegetable production
  • Healthy farming from Morrow County and Fairfield County
  • Soil health 102 level class
  • Increasing water infiltration

“This Soil Health Symposium is an opportunity to learn more about how to keep our soils healthy, which allows people to grow healthy food and that leads to a healthy Ohio,” said Jim Hoorman, regional soil health specialist with the Northeast Region NRCS-Soil Health Division, Ohio and Michigan.

The registration cost for the symposium is $55.00 and includes light breakfast, lunch, pie, ice cream and handouts. For more information or to register, http://ohiosoilhealth.com or call (419) 447-7073. You can also find the event @HealthyOhioSoil or with #OSHS17 on Twitter.

About Beth Diesch

As the Outreach Coordinator, I spend my time finding ways to help more people and reach the District farther and wider (to the borders of the county). I also coordinate the education programs and write grants. Learning, creating, promoting and connecting are what I do. I enjoy writing about ways and ideas to teach kids, as well as, simple and easy things adults can do to be wise when using natural resources.

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