Topics covered will include livestock integration in no-till systems, cover and forage crop innovations, soil carbon dynamics, carbon sequestration and carbon trading potential.
Among the featured speakers is Kirk Gadzia, owner and operator of Resources Management Services, Bernalillo, NM. The focus of his work is a holistic approach to agriculture and lifestyle with long- and short-term goals.
Dr. Jerry Hatfield, director of the National Soil Tilth Laboratory in Ames, IA, will address the real value of carbon in the soil.
Dr. Ray Ward, owner of Ward Laboratories in Kearney, NE, will focus on the proper soil-testing methods for soils that are very biologically active.
Other speakers on the agenda include Dr. Dwayne Beck from the Dakota Lakes Research Center near Pierre, Dr. Shannon Osborne from the USDA Research Center near Brookings and Jim Millar from the NRCS in Redfield. These speakers have extensive experience in no-till systems, cover crops and soil conservation. A detailed copy of the conference program and a registration form are available online at www.sdnotill.com or by phone: (605) 222-6238.
The registration fee is $100 before Jan. 15. This fee includes three meals, proceedings and a membership to the SD No-Till Association.
The SD No-Till Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping farmers produce commodities competitively and still maintain the productivity of their soil. They are funded completely through sponsors and membership dues.