OSWEGO CO., N.Y. — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County (CCE Oswego) will be hosting a free virtual workshop on Thursday, March 24th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. This workshop will discuss the importance of soil health and how building quality soils can result in both economic and environmental benefits for agricultural producers. Placing a greater emphasis on soil health has become increasingly more important over the past few decades. Not only can healthy soils produce better quality crops, they also can help lead to greater farm resilience.
This workshop will be based on the recent publication, “Building Soils for Better Crops: Ecological Management for Healthy Soils” (4th Edition, 2021), which was written by Dr. Fred Magdoff and Dr. Harold van Es. The workshop will provide a basic overview of the book by highlighting the following topics: 1) what is soil health and why it matters, 2) what are the physical properties of soil and the carbon/nutrient cycles and flows, 3) what are the ecological principles and practices farmers can adopt to build healthy soils on their farms, and 4) how agricultural producers can evaluate and assess the overall health of their soils in the future.
Guest speakers will be Dr. Harold van Es, Professor of Soil and Water Management at Cornell University, and Joseph Amsili, Extension Associate with the Cornell Soil Health Program. This virtual workshop is open to all members of the public, including those interested in learning about agriculture, new/beginning farmers and/or longstanding agricultural producers looking to gain further knowledge on more ecologically based soil management practices.
Please visit reg.cce.cornell.edu/buildinghealthysoils_235 to register for this free educational event. For more information, contact Joshua Vrooman, Ag Community Educator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-963-7286 ext. 200.
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–Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County