Michigan Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society

March 2, 2021 - March 3, 2021


Contact: Daniel Kesselring: daniel.kesselring@miglswcs.org

Farming systems are complex physical and biological systems integrating fieldwork, crop rotations, nutrient cycling, pest regulation, and other interactions. Some producers are redesigning their cropping systems guided by agro-ecological principles whereby soil health and essential ecological services accrue in mutually supportive ways. They are actively involved in devising, testing, and evaluating new and innovative practices on their farms, not just adopting introduced technologies. Conference attendees will discover practical and common sense ways to: *Measure and quantify changes in soil health on their farm. *Learn how low-disturbance and land improvement practices such as no-till and enhanced drainage can improve cropping systems' biological efficiency. *Benefit from implementing on-farm testing and evaluation of their production practices. *Build social networks with like-minded producers to enhance economic and social resilience.* *Work with a metropolitan planning council to get conservation on farmland. *Protect farmland and promote soil health at the same time.


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