Economics of Conservation Farming Conference slated

February 24, 2017 GMT

FORT WAYNE – Farmers and conservation professionals interested in learning more about the economics of conservation farming are invited to attend the “Seeing Green: Fields and Profits” Conference on March 8 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Parkview Mirro Center, located at 10622 Parkview Plaza Drive, Fort Wayne.

Participants will hear from a variety of speakers on topics such as the outlook for the Western Lake Erie Basin; economic value of conservation practices; lessons learned from recent water quality litigation, and a farmer’s perspective on the value of cover crops. Speakers include Jane Hardisty, Indiana Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist, Wallace Tyner, Agricultural Economics, Purdue University; Peggy Kirk Hall, Agricultural and Resource Law, The Ohio State University; Dr. Subbarao Yarlagadda, Helena Chemical Company; David Lamm, NRCS National Soil Health Team, and Cameron Mills, Indiana Farmer.

NRCS is a sponsor of the event along with Indiana’s State Department of Agriculture, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Purdue Extension, and others.

According to Kimberly Neumann, Area Conservationist and spokesperson for the event, participants will dig deep into the economic benefits of conservation farming.

“We want to provide a better understanding of the importance conservation practices and how they keep nutrients in the soil in place where they can boost yields, all while helping the environment,” said Neumann.

While especially relevant to farmers and other landowners, the conference will benefit anyone working in the conservation community. Private Applicators Recertification Program (PARP), Indiana Commercial Pesticide and Fertilizer Applicator Continuing Certification Program (CCH) and Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits have been requested for this event. Note there is a $10 fee for PARP.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Admission is free but you must RSVP to your local soil and water office or call (260) 484-5848 ext. 3 by March 2 (extended deadline) to reserve your seat.

For further information or to RSVP, contact: Jill Krause, Resource Specialist with Indiana State Department of Agriculture, at jikrause@isda.in.gov or (260) 484-5848 ext. 3.