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Jason VanceWriterUniversity of Missouri ExtensionPhone: 573-882-9731Email: VanceJJ@missouri.edu
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
Debi Kelly, 573-882-1905Rob Myers, 573-882-1547
COLUMBIA, Mo.– Farmers and farm advisers can participate in a free national forum on cover crops and soil health.
On Feb. 18, almost 200 sites across the country, including several locations in Missouri, will host a free, live broadcast from the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health in Omaha, Neb.
The forum will feature remarks from Jason Weller, chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); philanthropist Howard G. Buffett; and innovative farmers such as Gabe Brown and David Brandt.
“We feel this is a great opportunity for farmers and farm advisers to hear from some leading users of cover crops,” says Rob Myers, University of Missouri Extension regional director for USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. “It is also a chance to meet other farmers from their area who are interested in cover crops and learn what these farmers are doing.”
The Howard G. Buffett Foundation, SARE and NRCS are sponsoring the national forum and the concurrent meeting in Omaha. Following the video broadcast, participants can discuss soil health and cover crops with other farmers as well as industry and agency representatives.
The broadcasts will begin at 9 a.m. NRCS and MU Extension will host forums in Missouri at the locations listed below. RSVP to the site you plan to attend; site organizers suggest arriving 35-40 minutes before the broadcast. The overall program will last about three hours at most locations.
NRCS locations and contacts
727 PCA Road, Suite BWarrensburg, MO 64093James Watterson, 660-747-8200, ext. 3or Katrina O'Farrell, 816-884-3391
915 Oakland Ave., Suite 103St. Joseph, MO 64506-4920Pat Hufford, 816-364-3927
480 W. Jackson TrailsJackson, MO 63755Stan Mick, 573-243-1467
Parkade Center, Suite 232601 Business Loop 70 WestColumbia, MO 65203Joe Steuber, 573-876-9424
124 S. State Highway 39Greenfield, MO 65661Drexel Atkisson, firstname.lastname@example.org
MU Extension locations and contacts
Audrain County 4-H Center21509 Highway DMexico, MO 65265Mary Sobba, email@example.com
Perry County Extension Center321 N. Main, Suite 1Perryville, MO 63775Frank Wideman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelby County Extension Center106 E. 3rd St.Shelbyville, MO 63469Max Glover, email@example.com
Jasper County Courthouse302 S. Main St.Carthage, MO 64836Diana Sheridan, 417-466-7682, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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