Neal Kinsey, soil fertility specialist with Kinsey Ag Services in Charleston, MO and author of the book Hands-on Agronomy, will be the keynote presenter at the Van Buren Conservation District’s annual Farming for the Future conference. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 29 at the Van Buren Conference Center (490 S. Paw Paw St. in Lawrence).
Kinsey has worked with growers since 1973 and works with all types of clients, from backyard gardeners to large farm operations using both conventional and no-till. He focuses on building and maintaining soil health for quality crop production and travels the world consulting and teaching soil fertility balancing. In addition to consulting on common crops like corn, soybeans, wheat and other small grains, he also works with specialty crops like vegetables, grapes, alfalfa, hay, oats, melons, turf grass, and many other crops grown around the world.
“We want to offer a different perspective to farmers with this conference. While other events highlight the latest products or equipment, we like to focus on improving management practices, which leads to more resilient and profitable farms while also improving soil and water quality in the long run,” says Conservation Technician Colleen Forestieri.
Farming for the Future is an annual educational event for local farmers and is a great opportunity to learn from agricultural specialists, educators, researchers, businesses, and other farmers. This year’s topics include micronutrients, cover crops, soil health, fruit production and more. Eight RUP credits will be available, as well as a MAEAP Phase 1 credit. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts. Lunch will also be provided.
This event is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required and space is limited. Farmers are asked to register by March 22 by calling the Van Buren Conservation District at 269-657-4030 x5 or visiting http://vanburencd.org/event/farming-for-the-future-2016/