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NRCS to hold free soil health workshop

By From page A3 | March 13, 2014

Farmers and anyone who wants to understand how to build more naturally fertile soil that also absorbs rainfall while requiring fewer inputs to produce a profitable crop are invited to attend a free seminar.

The workshops will be conducted by teams of agronomists and soil scientists who work with Ray Archuleta, a conservationist and soil health instructor with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. He will be joined by Dennis Chessman, NRCS state agronomist for California.

The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at the USDA state office, 430 G St. in downtown Davis.

Participants will discuss soil health planning principles and management systems, indicators to help track the health of soil, and the role of soil health in resource management. Case studies will be presented, covering methods that improve soil resiliency, nutrient cycling, organic matter accumulation, water holding capacity, plant yields and profits.

For more information, call 530-792-5642.

Enterprise staff

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