Soil Health Focus of August Workshop

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Growers can learn how to improve the quality of vegetable and field crops by building healthier soils at the Innovations to Build Soils to Feed Sustainable Communities workshop, Aug. 20-21 at Morgan Composting in Sears, Mich.

The two-day workshop will feature educational sessions by researchers and expert farmers, a tour of the Morgan Composting Facility, a trade show and composting equipment demonstrations. Vegetable production will be highlighted on Aug. 20, and field crop production is the focus on Aug. 21.

Guest speaker Bob Schindelbeck, soil research specialist at Cornell University, will use attendees’ soils to demonstrate how soil structure and water-stable aggregates affect crop production.

Registration is $30 for one day and $50 for both days for reservations made by Aug. 15. After that date, the cost is $40 for one day and $60 for both days. Registration is available online.

A detailed brochure is available online. For more information, call Vicki Morrone at (517) 353-3542.

Innovations to Build Soils to Feed Sustainable Communities is sponsored by the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at MSU, Morgan Compost Ltd. and the USDA Farm Service Agency.

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