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Bus offered for cover crop conference
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ALBANY - The Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference is being held Feb. 27 in Stevens Point. Farmers of the Sugar River has chartered a bus to the Conference. The bus will leave the Albany Lions Club at 6 a.m. that day.

The conference features Barry Fisher as the keynote speaker. Fisher is the Indiana State soil health specialist and has worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service for over 30 years. The conference has sessions planned for all farmers using or planning to use cover crops. Attendees may choose from the following sessions: using cover crops in grain or livestock systems; no till planter set up or risk management and soil health economics; and cover crop basics or advanced cover cropping - seeding into standing crops and covers. The conference finishes with cover crop dos and don'ts and a farmer roundtable discussion.

Farmers of the Sugar River is a newly formed producer-led watershed group whose interests include land that flows to the middle and lower Sugar River from southern Dane, western Rock and eastern Green counties. Goals for the group are to show the profitability of conservation practices like no till and cover crops, increasing adoption and encouraging more innovative conservation practices and enhancing public awareness of the efforts farmers are implementing on their land. By improving soil health in the watershed, the water quality will improve. Planting cover crops is one of the tools that farmers have to protect soil from erosion.

Interested individuals may register for the conference online at Contact Tonya Gratz at the Green County Land and Water Conservation Department, 325-4195, ext. 121 or by email at to sign up to ride the bus.