EAST LANSING, Mich. ‚ Farmers and crop advisors recognize the many benefits of cover crops including preventing erosion, improving soil health, suppressing weed growth and retaining nutrients in the soil to name just a few. Keeping bare ground covered and live roots growing for as much of the year as possible, over the long term, enhances productivity, resilience to climate extremes and water quality. Whether cover crops are a new or established practice in your farming system, the Midwest Cover Crops Council(MCCC) has information and resources to help you succeed with cover crops.
Every year, the Midwest Cover Crops Council has an annual business meeting followed by a one-day conference for farmers, researchers, educators, agency personnel, non-governmental organizations and agribusiness to learn the latest cover crop information. The meeting and conference rotate around the Midwest. The 2019 Midwest Cover Crop Council annual conference will be held Feb. 20–21 at the Northfield Inn Suites and Conference Center in Springfield, Illinois. Hosted by the University of Illinois Extension, the theme for the conference is “Cover Crops: The Practical Way Forward.” The conference agenda, registration and lodging information can be viewed at the MCCC Meetings page.
This year’s program, which will be of particular interest to the Certified Crop Advisor (CCA), features Lee Briese, 2017 International Certified Crop Advisor of the Year, as keynote speaker. Briese’s talk is titled “Practical Implementation of Cover Crops.” The Midwest Cover Crops Council will offer a special discount to Certified Crop Advisors when they provide their CCA ID#, thanks to support from the McKnight Foundation. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Certified Crop Advisors will be available for both days of the meeting.
If you have questions about the conference or cover crops, contact Dean Baas at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cover crop information and resources are available through Michigan State University Extension’s Cover Crops page and the Midwest Cover Crops Council.
— Dean Baas, Michigan State University Extension