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Join us for the 15th annual Conservation Tillage Conference, St. Cloud, MN, December 17-18

This article was written by UMN Extension educator Jodi DeJong-Hughes on behalf of the conference planning committee. 

UMN Extension would like to invite you to the 15th annual Conservation Tillage Conference (CTC) on Dec 17-18 at the Holiday Inn in St. Cloud, MN.  The CTC is more than reduced tillage, it provides information and research on all aspects of soil health. 

The 2019 CTC will feature:
Keynote Speakers:
David Lobb is a professor of landscape ecology at the University of Manitoba. His research and education focuses on soil erosion and sedimentation, soil and water conservation, and sustainable agriculture. His lab is the largest in Canada and the second-largest in the world for the assessment of soil erosion and sedimentation using radionuclides and other methods. This area of research is known as fingerprinting. David is internationally recognized for his research in tillage erosion.

Seth Watkins
is an Iowa farmer who believes conservation is a long-term investment in the land. Seth sees no conflict between profitability and environmental sustainability.  Pinhook Farm, is a little slice of paradise in the rolling hills of southwest Iowa, featuring rotational grazing, restricted wildlife areas, riparian buffers, wetlands, integrated pest management, prescribed burning, windbreak restoration, no-till, cover crops, terraces, prairie strips and restoration/CRP, and late-season calving.

Farmer Panel will feature:
Field Work's Mitchell Hora and Zach Johnson (the millennial farmer) - Field Work is a podcast that provides space for frank, realistic discussions about the benefits and challenges of sustainable agriculture. Hosts Zach Johnson and Mitchell Hora explore the successes and challenges farmers experience as they adopt new practices, without greenwashing over the difficulties.

There will be over 30 speakers who will include researchers and farmers experienced in applied, hands-on soil health management.

Examples of some of the topics include:
• Reduced till, no-till, and cover crop strategies straight from veteran farmers
• Proven cover crop strategies to anchor nutrients and soil and manage moisture extremes
• Economics of soil management systems
• Weed species shift and control
• Nutrient and weed management in high-residue systems
• Beginning and advanced strip till, no-till sessions
• And many more!

Over 20 exhibitors will be there promoting equipment, technology, and services directly related to improving soil health.

This year we will offer scholarships to farmers that may need a little assistance. Call Jodi at 320-815-4112 for more info.

12 CEU's will be available.

Visit for more information on the agenda, lodging, program speakers, and to register.

On behalf of the CTC committee, we hope to see you there!

Jodi DeJong-Hughes, UMN Extension
Stearns Co SWCD
UMN Extension: Rice, Steele, Stearns, and Benton Counties
Minnesota Ag Services
Minnesota Office for Soil Health (MOSH)
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