Jill Clapperton, nationally known authority on the impact of no-till and cover crops on soil quality will be speaking at the Bi-State Notill Seminar to be held on July 30, 2008 at the Cayuga Christian Church in Northern Vermillion County.
Jill is from Florence, Montana where she helps manage their 3,000 acre family crop and timber ranch. She recently worked out of the Lethbridge Research Center in Lethbridge, Alberta where she specialized in studies of the long term effects notill farming has on the soil and the microbiology within the soil profile. Her presentations will take you underground for a glimpse of the impact earthworms and other beneficial organisms have on organic matter and the general tilth and health of the soil structure.
Jill was one of the keynote speakers at the National NoTill Conference in January. Because of the recent local flooding, Jill will discuss using notill and cover crops to bring flood damaged soils back to life.
Other speakers include, Barry Fisher, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Indiana State Agronomist who will discuss the use of cover crops in a notill system; Jane Frankenberger of Purdue University discussing the making of drainage water management part of a sustainable system; Ray McCormick, Knox County long term notill farmer who will talk about making notill work from a farmer's view, and Zack Cain, Montgomery County farmer who will share his experience in using technology in notill.
Registration for the seminar will begin at 8:15 a.m., with the program to start at 9 a.m.
The cost is $12 per person which will include a catered lunch and refreshments. For those that are interested, CCA points are available for an additional cost.
If you would like to make reservations, contact the Vermillion County, Indiana Soil and Water Conservation District at 765-492-3705 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 23.