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.
Registration is $15.00 and includes lunch.
Featured speakers include:
Barry Fisher: Central Team Leader/Soil Health Specialist, USDA-NRCS - provides agronomic training and assistance to NRCS field staff and represents NRCS in the Conservation Cropping System Initiative (CCSI) and the Midwest Cover Crop Council (MCCC). He strives to advance the technology of successfully integrating no-till, cover crops, crop rotations, adaptive nutrient management, and precision farming for higher soil health and function. He and his wife own and operate a small "never-till" grain and grazed livestock farm in west-central Indiana.
Leroy Bupp: Bupplynn Farms, PA No-Till Alliance - recently retired from operating a 175 cow dairy herd in southern York County. Leroy is a board member of the PA No-Till Alliance and has been no-tilling for over 30 years. His soil health presentation will demonstrate the effective absorption properties of no-tilled soil versus plowed soil that shows water runoff.
Farmer Panel: Ed Thiele, Rick Griebel, Leroy Bupp, & Barry Fisher
Ed Thiele: Thiele Dairy Farm - began integrating cover crops into his operation about five years ago and recently began experimenting with planting green. Ed will share his experiences with this new approach to planting and the benefits he's seen.
Rick Griebel: Griebel Dairy - has been using cover crops for many years and has been planting soybeans green for several years. Recently, Rick has expanded his cover crop mixes and adopted season long covers to improve soil conditions. Rick will cover no-till planter setup and tricks he's learned over his cover cropping tenure.
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.