VBCD hosts “Farming for the Future” conference

    LAWRENCE - Joe Nester, an Ohio-based agricultural consultant and founder of Nester Ag, LLC, will be the keynote presenter at the Van Buren Conservation District’s annual “Farming for the Future” conference,  Thursday, March 22, at the Van Buren Conference Center,  Lawrence.
    Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the conference runs until 4 p.m., with free lunch included.
    “Phosphorus is a hot topic, so we wanted to bring some experts in to our area” said  Conservation Technician Colleen Forestieri. “We know farmers are concerned with keeping phosphorus on their fields and saving money. Farmers in the Lake Erie basin are getting a lot of attention for phosphorus runoff right now and we want to be ahead of the curve in our region.”
    Nester will discuss how rainfall pH affects phosphorus in a way that can harm grower’s bottom lines and cause phosphorus runoff into fresh water. Nester will also discuss the 4Rs of Nutrient Stewardship: to apply the Right form of fertilizer at the Right rate at the Right time and in the Right place.
    Farming for the Future is an annual educational event for local farmers and is an opportunity to learn from agricultural specialists, educators, re-searchers, businesses and other farmers.
    Additional topics this year will include gypsum, farm safety, farm succession, the soil food web, and the Food Safety Modernization Act.
    Four RUP credits will be available, as well as 5.5 CCA credits, and a MAEAP Phase 1 credit.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts. Free lunch will also be provided.
    This free event  open to the public, but pre-registration is required and space is limited. Farmers are asked to register by March 16, by calling the Van Buren Conservation District at 269-657-4030, ext. 5, or  visit  www.vanburencd.org.
 

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