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FOUNDATION INFO: Healthy soil is the basis for a successful operation. Attendees of the Farming Evolution event in Holyoke, Colo., can learn more about how soil health affects their operations.

Speakers announced for Farming Evolution event

Colorado NRCS event will feature a diverse lineup, including a “carbon cowboy” and a biodiversity expert.

There’s an evolution event coming to Colorado, and it’s aiming to help farmers better understand what’s happening under their crops. Farming Evolution — a two-day event at the Phillips County Event Center in Holyoke, Colo. — will focus on helping farmers answer questions about no-till, cover crops and grazing livestock on cropland.

The event, set for Feb. 13-14, will feature headline speaker Allen Williams, who specializes in whole farm and ranch planning for a healthy agricultural system. According to the Colorado Natural Resources and Conservation Service, Williams has consulted with more than 4,200 farmers and ranchers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and South America. He’s also been featured on the YouTube series “Soil Carbon Cowboys.”

For his talk, Williams will start with the soil and its management. In his talk, he will share how to get better water infiltration and water-holding capacity in soils. More soil water can mean more organic matter, and healthier plants.

Organizers are encouraging attendees to the event to bring their questions. Williams wants to have an open conversation with the audience about farmers’ questions surrounding no-till, soil health, cover crops and grazing cropland. And he’s ready to deal with any objections you bring, too.

Williams will be teaming with Jonathan Lundgren, founder of Blue Dasher Farms, which focuses on science. The two will pair hands-on experience with frontline information and demonstration projects. Lundgren will also discuss the role of biodiversity on the land.

Julie Peterson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will share her research into how beneficial insects affect Colorado and Nebraska cash crops. Her work has included looking at the western bean cutworm and western corn rootworm, and she believes her findings help create a robust and profitable agroecosystem. And that’s all on the first day.

Day 2 and registration info
On the second day, Williams will share ways to implement his ideas on the farm. It’s a brass tacks working session designed to help producers answer a key question: How do I do this? This is a chance for attendees to get a personalized consultation for their operations. And Williams also will discuss how to access the value-added grass-fed cattle market.

Registration is available at farmingevolution2018.eventbrite.com. Registration is $25 for one day, $35 for both days. That cost includes lunches, breaks and a Wednesday evening non-alcohol social. Registration rates rise $10 after Feb. 3. Lunch is not guaranteed for registrations made after Feb. 9.

Ag businesses may exhibit at this event. Booths are $150 and include an 8-foot table along with two lunch tickets for each day. Contact Joe Crowder at the Haxtun Conservation District to register. The district office is in the USDA building in Holyoke, Colo. Or, call 970-854-2812 ext. 3, or email Crowder at [email protected]. Space is limited.

The Haxtun, Sedgwick, West Greeley and Yuma county conservation districts, the Upper Republican Natural Resource District, NRCS and Phillips County Pheasants Forever are sponsors of Farming Evolution.

Source: Colorado NRCS


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