LAWRENCE, MI – Joe Nester, an Ohio-based agricultural consultant and founder of Nester Ag, LLC will be the keynote presenter at the Van Buren Conservation District’s annual “Farming for the Future” conference. The event will be held on Thursday, March 22 at the Van Buren Conference Center in Lawrence. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the conference runs until 4 p.m. with free lunch included.
“Phosphorus is a hot topic, so we wanted to bring some experts in to our area” says Conservation Technician Colleen Forestieri. “We know farmers are concerned with keeping phosphorus on their fields and saving money. Farmers in the Lake Erie basin are getting a lot of attention for phosphorus runoff right now and we want to be ahead of the curve in our region.”
Nester will discuss how rainfall pH affects phosphorus in a way that can harm grower’s bottom lines and cause phosphorus runoff into our fresh water. Nester will also discuss the 4Rs of Nutrient Stewardship: to apply the Right form of fertilizer at the Right rate at the Right time and in the Right place.
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. Additional topics this year will include gypsum, farm safety, farm succession, the soil food web, and the Food Safety Modernization Act. Four RUP credits will be available, as well as 5.5 CCA credits, and a MAEAP Phase 1 credit. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts. Free 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 16 by calling the Van Buren Conservation District at 269-657-4030 x5 or visiting https://vanburencd.org/event/farming-for-the-future-3/.