Veterans invited to Fall Conservation Update and Plot Tour on Sept. 8

Helpful resources for veterans aspiring to farm or seek food system-based careers will be discussed at the 2016 Fall Conservation Update.

Adam Ingrao, executive director of Veterans in Agriculture Network, will be one of the featured speakers at the Spoil Your Soil: Conservation Update and Plot Tour 2016 on Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Mason Technology Center, 474 South Onondaga Road, Mason, MI 48854. The Veterans in Agriculture Network promotes innovative programs to help veterans aspiring to work in a variety of food, agricultural and natural resources based businesses. It provides guidance to veterans seeking employment opportunities in rural areas by sharing experiences, disseminating resources and identifying collaborations. This event will provide U.S. military veterans an excellent opportunity to explore and network with key private and public agencies serving Michigan agriculture.

This event is jointly sponsored by Michigan Farm Bureau, Ingham Conservation District, Eaton Conservations District, Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS), Michigan State University Extension and Farm Bureau Insurance.

Other speakers include Frank Gibbs of Wetland and Soil Consulting Services, LLC in Rawson, Ohio, who will be giving a soil pit demonstration on soil health, earthworms, compaction, tillage, runoff and infiltration. Steve Gower, Monsanto agronomist, and George Silva of MSU Extension will discuss high yield and profitability corn research trials highlighting delayed nitrogen treatments, non-limiting populations and Climate Pro crop model and nitrogen advisor.

After lunch, participants are invited to an optional bus tour of the MSU nutrient management research program hosted by Kurt Steinke of MSU Department of Crop, Soil and Microbial Sciences. The theme of this tour is “Environmental, economic and agronomic implications of nutrient management in Michigan.”

View the agenda for more information. Six MDARD, four CCA and MAEAP Phase 1 credits have been approved for this meeting.

There is no cost for the event and lunch, but there is a limit of 40 participants. Participants are encouraged to call Kathy at 517-543-5567 (Eaton County) or Robin at 517-676-5578 (Ingham County). Participants from other counties can call either number to register.

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