CHARLOTTE, Mich. — The Eaton Conservation District will be hosting its annual fall field day, Gaining Ground, Soil as a Renewable Resource, Wednesday, Sept. 15 at the Eaton County Fairgrounds in Charlotte. This year’s field day will focus on the benefits of implementing soil health practices on the farm.
Two sessions will be offered: a landowner session in the morning, and a producer session in the afternoon. Dave Brandt, a nationally recognized speaker and respected farmer from Carroll, OH will be in attendance to share his knowledge and experience with both landowners and farmers alike. Dave has been practicing no-till and using cover crops on his farm since the 1970s, among other soil-saving practices.
Along with Dave, other local experts will be on-hand to answer questions and share their perspectives on soil health. During our landowner session, we will hear from Dave on the basics of soil health and his experiences with soil health leases. We will also hear from Mid-Michigan CISMA coordinator Alyssa Wethington and Farm Bill Biologist Kurt Wolf on the importance of invasive species control at the field level.
The afternoon session will take a different approach and focus more on the technical aspects of soil health practice implementation. A number of local producers, Dave Brandt, and Tim Boring of Michigan Agriculture Advancement, will speak on everything from cover crops, to intercropping, to finding creative ways to generate farm income. All presenters will be available to sit on a panel at the end of the night for a comprehensive question and answer session to wrap up the event.
For more information and to RSVP, please visit www.eatoncd.org, or call Eaton Conservation District at (517) 543-1512 x5. This event is approved for MAEAP Phase 1 credit and RUP credits are pending.
— Eaton Conservation District
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