The eighth annual Soil Health Conference will be held Feb. 22 and 23 at the Delta Center for Performing Arts, located at 822 Grand Avenue in Delta. This conference is the premier area educational and networking event designed to educate producers, orchardists, ranchers, government officials and the broad community about ways to increase organic matter and increase the health of our soils by using cover crop, green manure, grazing, composting, entomology and other sustainable practices.
Nationally renowned speaker Dr. Allen Williams will highlight the 2018 conference. The conference will feature a mixture of keynote speakers, 2017 local cover crop data and testing information, as well as breakout sessions. Dr. Williams will present "Diversity in Livestock Integration," with a link between soil health and food quality. He will also be part of several breakout sessions. Local experts Katie Alexander, Jerry Allen and Steve Woodis will discuss the local cover crop results, which will provide details on a number of local producers who utilize cover crops. Additional speakers will discuss multi-species livestock integration, a case study on no till soybeans, soil health for backyard gardeners as well as a number of other topics.
Soil health is critical to the future of agricultural production. With a contingent of concerned farmers as well as community groups and government officials the soil health conference has been able to take soil health education and implement techniques and specifically adjust them for the local area. As pressure on agricultural production increases, soil health practices can insure that the agricultural needs are met with sustainable production, quality and economic viability.
Delta County Economic Development is the fiscal and administrative agent for the Soil Health Conference. Understanding that soil is a treasure, DCED in conjunction with NRCS, Delta Conservation District, Shavano Conservation District as well as individuals active in the agricultural community have come together to prepare the annual Western Slope Soil Health Conference. For more information visit www.westerncoloradosoilhealth.com or call DCED at 970-874-4992.