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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

5/22-23 Free Soil Health Workshop

Tuesday 5/22 AM session
Instructors: Ray Archuleta, NRCS; assisted by local field staff

8:00 AM    Registration, Coffee and Doughnuts
9:00 AM    Welcome, Introduction and Outline for two days – Denise Coleman, Mark Goodson
9:15 AM    Local agricultural patterns – discussion led by Scott Reinhart and Tim Elder
9:30 AM    Introduction to Soil Health – Ray Archuleta
11:30 AM    Soil Health and the conservation planning process – Mark Goodson and Rob Knight
12:00 Noon    Lunch (local catered hot buffet)
Tuesday, 5/22 PM session
Instructors: Jim Hoorman, Ohio State Extension and Ray Archuleta, NRCS

1:00 PM    Application of Soil Health concepts, case studies/examples – Archuleta/Hoorman
2:00 PM    Travel to Greibel farm 
2:30 PM    Field demonstration & investigation- Archuleta & Lamm 
4:00 PM    Local system development and discussion – facilitator(s)
4:30 PM    Adjourn

Wednesday, 5/23 AM Session
Instructors: Ray Archuleta, NRCS; Jim Hoorman, Ohio State; Greg Roth, Penn State; Joel Myers, NRCS-retired; Local No-till Farmer and/or Alliance Board member. 

8:30 AM    Welcome and Conversation at Antler Club
 9:15 AM    Griebel Farm Operation (No till) – Rick Griebel
        Rick Griebel will discuss the family farm activities and crop rotations            

\9:45 AM     Improve Soil Health…. Increase profitability – Ray Archuleta & David Lamm
    Soil health, infiltration, water retention, compaction and increased yields with reduced inputs.
Wednesday, 5/23 Cont’d 

 11:00 AM        Time with sponsors
 11:30 AM    Lunch (boxed)    
 12:00 Noon     Jim Hoorman – What is ECO Farming?
    Benefits of natural soil diversity, living roots, nutrient uptake with manure spreading on cover crops; SOM payback to the farmer.

 1:15 PM    Load Wagons/Travel to Greibel Farm
 1:30 PM     Field Stations (40 minutes each)  Cover Crop Benefits and the PSU Interseeder - Greg Roth, PSU Agronomy  Soil pits – Rob Knight, NRCS Soils Scientist and Ray Archuleta, NRCS Agronomist  No Till equipment, Set up and Operation - Joel Myers and Rick Griebel Field Time with Sponsors
 4:00 PM     Adjourn

Directions:     The Antler Club, in Clarion County, is located at 231 Sunset Drive in Lucinda, PA 16235. From I-80, take Exit 60 to Route 66 North. If coming from the south on Rte.66, Sunset Drive is the first road to the right after you pass the church in Lucinda. If coming from the north on Rte. 66, Sunset Drive is on the left directly after Lander's Service Station.  Approximately 1.5 mi from Rte. 66 after turning on Sunset Drive, you will see Antler Club on the right. You can also find it on the web at http://antlerclub.com/ or by phone at (814) 227-2830.