WNY Soil Health Alliance Annual Meeting and Soil Health Workshop

Mark your calendars, the WNY Soil Health Alliance is holding their Annual Meeting and Soil Health Workshop. The workshop will include keynote speaker Karl Czymmek from Cornell talking about Resilient soils and how to build and retain organic matter, Steve Groff from Cover Crop Coaching and inventor of the tillage radish talking about using cover crops to manage herbicide resistant weeds and Jessica Ziehm will be speaking about how to communicate with landlords. Following the speakers will be the WNY Soil Health Alliance Annual Meeting.

Lunch will be provided in the afternoon as well as breakout sessions. The breakout sessions include an inter-seeding farmer panel (including results from Summer Trials at Toussaint Farms) with Steve Groff , A phosphorous study with Karl Czymmek and how to gain and retain rented farmland with Jessica Ziehm.

To register for the workshop click the link below and send the registration form to Orleans County SWCD with checks payable to Western New York Soil Health Alliance, you may also register by emailing your name and number of attendees to wnysoilhealth@gmail.com.

WNY Soil Health Alliance Registration Form


Wednesday, December 20, 2017 8:30 am-3:30 pm

8:30 am- registration

Morning Session 9 am-12:00

Break Out Sessions 1:30pm-3:30pm


Batavia Quality Inn & Suites

8250 Park Rd, Batavia, NY 14020


DEC Pesticide credits and CCA Credits for the Morning Sessions.


Northeast Cover Crops Council Annual meeting

Interested in cover crops? Farmers, students, researchers, extension educators, government and industry representatives, and other cover crop enthusiasts are invited to the first annual Northeast Cover Crops Council Meeting hosted by Cornell University and the USDA NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center on November 8-9, 2017.  Presentations on November 8 will focus on soil health, cover crop practices for no-till, pest management, cover crop mixtures, harvesting cover crops for forage, and more. Participants will also have the opportunity to present their own work in a Poster Reception featuring local and seasonal refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. November 9 will feature a field tour of the cover crop demonstration plots at the USDA-NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center in Big Flats, NY. This meeting will be a great opportunity to learn about advances and network with cover crop experts from the Northeast.

Space is limited, so register now to secure your spot!  (Once capacity is reached, a wait list will become available.)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Cornell University - The Statler Hotel
130 Statler Drive
Ithaca, New York 14853

Thursday, November 9, 2017 -- Registration for this day is separate and may be completed through this website.
USDA-NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center 3266 RT 352 Big Flats, NY 14814

2nd National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health

We are pleased to announce, registration is now open for the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health! Whether you are contemplating cover crops for the first time, or you have years of experience and want to interact with soil health and cover crops innovators, this program will provide you with valuable information, networking, and learning opportunities. 

Over the course of this day and a half event, you will engage in discussion focusing on recent developments in how cover crops are being used by innovative farmers across the country and gain important insights on improving soil health from producers, conservation leaders, and scientists. We hope you will join us in Indianapolis!

For complete conference details and to register for this event, please visit www.swcs.org/17CCSH

Thursday, December 7, 2017  -  Friday, December 8, 2017

Sheraton Indianpolis at Keystone Crossing
8787 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240, USA