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No-Till and Cover Crop Conference on March 2

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SOUTH BURLINGTON – The 2023 No-Till and Cover Crop Conference, set for March 2 in South Burlington, will provide information and research updates to farmers and field crop growers on cover crop and manure management.

The conference will be hosted by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension’s Northwest Crops and Soils Program and Champlain Valley Crop, Soil and Pasture Team at the Double Tree by Hilton (870 Williston Road). Invited speakers hail from New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Vermont.

Aaron Ristrow, American Farmland Trust, will open the conference with a talk on the Genesee River Demonstration Farms Network in western New York and biomass productivity and decreased inputs from planting green. He is followed by Kirsten Workman, Cornell University, with a discussion on cover crop alternatives to winter rye, and Glen Arnold, Ohio State University Extension, on precision manure management. Arnold also will speak on manure management and sidedressing in corn in the afternoon.

Donn Branton, a New York farmer and early adopter of reduced-till and no-till methods, is the luncheon speaker. He will share cover crop and no-till experiences and innovations on his 1,750-acre grain crops and vegetable farm in Le Roy, N.Y.

Afternoon speakers include Eric Severy of Matthew’s Trucking, a Vermont manure hauling and application business, on local manure management and Gerard Troisi, a Pennsylvania crop adviser, on no-till with cover crop practices in central Pennsylvania. UVM researchers will provide updates on cover crop and manure management research and projects being conducted at the university.

Registration is $75 and $50 for students, payable by February 24 at //go.uvm.edu/2023ntcc. Registrations also can be made through the UVM Non-Credit Registration Office at (802) 656-8407. For disability-related accommodation requests, contact UVM Student Accessibility Services at (802) 656-7753. Opportunities for conference sponsorships are available. If interested, contact Susan Brouillette at (802) 524-6501, ext. 432, or [email protected] by February 10.

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