Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Soil Health/Soil Biology Training for the Northern Plains

The North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts and the South Dakota Association of Conservation Districts will be hosting several training sessions in both Dakotas.

These two-day intensive North Central Region Professional Development training session sessions are entitled, “Soil Health/Soil Biology Training for the Northern Plains.” They are two day intensive training sessions which will provide advanced training in soil biology, focusing especially on microbiology. This training is a response to the tremendous explosion of cover crops being planted by producers to enhance soil health with goals of improving yields while reducing inputs.

Observations on several farms have demonstrated amazing results using this long term vision for their farming system. As more and more farmers begin incorporating cover crops into their rotations, they are asking professional educators for explanations for their results. Often, Extension, NRCS, and Conservation District personnel are at a loss to give a scientific explanation for the observations. This training will give that scientific understanding.

The locations for the trainings are:

June 15-16, Pierre, SD, American Legion
June 17-18, Mitchell, SD, Extension Center

June 28-29, Carrington, ND, Research Extension Center
June 30-July 1, Bismarck, ND, Comfort Inn

This is advanced training. Soil physics and chemistry will be only lightly covered as it will be assumed the participants already have this understanding. Pre-requisites for the training include either:
  • an introductory soils course at NDSU/SDSU or other land grant institution
  • an NRCS soils training which would have covered soil physics and soil chemistry in depth

This pre-requisite can be met by requesting separate training materials from this office by return e-mail, telephone, or postal mail before May 1. To pre-register for the training, please contact me before June 1. We reserve the right to restrict attendance based on size of room (approximately 100 persons).

Expenses for those participants who are allowed reimbursement will be covered through the SARE grant. Vouchers for reimbursement (state rate) will be given out at the trainings. These expenses will cover:
Lodging up to $65
Breakfast state rate
Lunch state rate
Dinner state rate
Mileage state rate

No block of rooms has been reserved at any hotel so I suggest you get a room soon to make sure you have one.

Carrington Hotels
Chieftain 652-3131
Super 8 652-3982

Bismarck Hotels
Comfort Inn 223-1911
Comfort Suites 223-4009
Country Inn and Suites 258-4200
Days Inn 223-9151
Doublewood Inn 258-7000
AmericInn 250-1000
Candlewood Suites 751-2751
RamKota Hotel 258-7700

Contact Tom Hanson, NDASCD, 701-223-8518, ndascd@btinet.net before June 1, 2010 to pre-register or receive information about pre-requisites and assistance to attend the training.

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