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Event Spotlight: PA NRCS to Host Advanced Soil Health Workshop

Posted: August 1, 2015

Workshop to be held at Rock Springs August 24-25 as part of "train the trainer" soil health series for conservation professionals

The Pennsylvania Office of the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service invites conservation partners to attend a two-day Advanced Soil Health workshop on August 24 and 25, at PSU’s Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, PA (Agronomy Farm- Gate D).

The workshop is part of an Advanced Soil Health series, teaching hands-on field evaluation of soil properties (physical, chemical and biological) as they relate to improving overall soil health. Day one will involve small group learning of protocols that can be done on-farm with our customers, and day two will incorporate evaluation and comparison of different testing methods under different management systems. The group will also discuss cover crop selection and evaluate Haney soil test results on-site and from local producers.

Topics to be discussed are soil health functions, aggregate stability and infiltration, compaction, bulk density, soil biology assessments and best management considerations.

The training is open to field staff from county conservation districts, NRCS, Penn State Extension, and PA Department of Environmental Protection. Certified crop advisor and conservation planning Continuing Education Credits will be offered.

Please click here for a flyer and registration form/information.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Ramada Inn, 1450 South Atherton St. State College, PA; Call (814) 238-3001 and ask for the PA Advanced Soil Health Training (group code: NRCS) by August 1, 2015 for the group rate of $68.00 plus applicable taxes, including breakfast.