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Friday, January 10, 2014

Annual Conference to Highlight Ways Farmers Can Cut Costs and Make a Profit

Greensburg – The 2014 Southwest Regional PA No Till Conference will be held from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at the Fred Rogers Center at St. Vincent College, Route 30 in Latrobe.  Participants will learn through presentations and demonstrations how No Till farming – a way of growing crops without disturbing the soil through tillage or plowing – can save time and money as well as soil. 

According to Dan Griffith, Agricultural Conservation Technician with the Westmoreland Conservation District, “The price of corn has dropped by 50% since last year, so farmers need to look for ways to cut costs and still make a profit.  No-tilling can really make a difference in their operations.” 

Speakers this year are David Lamm, a 36 year veteran of Natural Resources Conservation Service and leader for their National Soil Health and Sustainability Team, who will discuss key components to successful no till systems; and Jim Hershey, President of the PA No Till Alliance, who has successfully practiced no till farming for 25 years.

Vendors will be on hand throughout the day to answer questions and show the latest in equipment and other tools and resources to ensure success. 

Cost to attend the conference is $30 per person through Jan. 20th, then $40 per person.   See to register and pay online or to download a registration flyer to mail in with a payment.

The conference is sponsored by Penn’s Corner Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council, Inc., Penn State Cooperative Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Conservation Districts located in the Southwest Region of PA.