Ohio farmer Dave Brandt will be the keynote presenter at the Van Buren Conservation District’s annual Farming for the Future conference on March 17 at the Van Buren Conference Center in Lawrence. Brandt farms 1,100 acres in central Ohio’s Fairfield County. He began no-till farming in 1971 and has been using cover crops on his corn, wheat, and soybean operation since 1978.
Brandt has learned about soil health by trial and error on his farm, but he wants others to have an easier time. “I’m trying to pass on what we’ve learned here. I don’t want everyone to reinvent the wheel. I want people to see our failures and our successes,” he says.
Farming for the Future is an annual educational workshop for local farmers. This year’s topics include precision planting, soil health, pollinators, cover crops and more. There will also be a roundtable discussion with a panel of local cover crop experts. Five RUP credits will be available, as well as CCA credits and a MAEAP Phase 1 credit. The event will be held at the Van Buren Conference Center in Lawrence. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts. Lunch will be provided.
This event is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required. Farmers can register by calling the Van Buren Conservation District at 269-657-4030 x5 or visit http://vanburencd.org/event/farming-for-the-future-2015/ for more information or to register.