Cover crops, soil health forum

10 years ago

    On Feb. 18, crop growers, livestock producers and gardeners attended the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health, a live presentation and broadcast at Mars Hill High School hosted by the Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conversation District, NRCS, SARE and the Howard G Buffett Foundation.  

    This was one of four locations in Maine, and 240 nationwide, to discuss soil health, improved quality and yields, preventing erosion, managing pests, and building resilience in farming systems. This discussion included a live-streamed broadcast featuring Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Howard G. Buffett, along with a panel of four farmers discussing their experiences with cover crops and on the ground impacts to their soils’ health.
    The Mars Hill workshop attracted 30 participants who were able to learn from one another while exploring local and national perspectives on cover crops.