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Eastern Nebraska Soil Health Conference

9:00 am – 3:15 pm
Katja Koehler-Cole, (402) 504-1016,
The 2023 Eastern Nebraska Soil Health Conference (formerly Nebraska Cover Crop Conference) features innovative speakers who will share their experiences with a variety of soil health practices. This is your opportunity to get your questions answered. Learn about the latest in cover crops, diversifying crop rotations, biochar and other regenerative practices.

The conference will take place on Thursday, Feb. 9 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. CST with check in starting at 8:30 a.m. It will be held at the Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center near Mead, NE located at the August N. Christenson Center at 1071 County Road G, Ithaca, NE.

Topics and presenters include: Moving forward requires looking backwards: Benefits of re-diversifying crop rotations in the Midwest - Marshall McDaniel, Iowa State University; Interseeding cover crops into early-season corn and soybean - What we learned and next step - Farmer panel with Chad Dane (Clay County) and Jay Goertzen (York County) moderated by Jenny Rees, Nebraska Extension Educator; Practical tips for selecting and grazing forage cover crops - Mary Drewnoski, UNL Beef Systems Specialist; Nebraska farmer’s perspective on diverse crop rotations and intensification - Farmer panel with Angela Knuth (Saunders County), Garret Ruskamp (Cuming County), Kyle Riesen (Jefferson County), and Haldon Fugate (Gage County) moderated by Nathan Mueller, Nebraska Extension Educator; and Emerging topics in soil health (1.) Biochar and it’s potential as a soil amendment – Britt Fossum, UNL Graduate Student, (2) Opportunities for the perennial grain Kernza® - What it is and how it is grown - Roberta Rebesquini, UNL Graduate Student and (3.) What’s new in the cover crop industry - Davis Behle, Green Cover Seed.

There is no fee to attend, but pre-registration is required by Feb. 4. * Pre-registration has reached capacity and is now closed. Walk-in registration will not be available for this conference. The conference will be recorded and available for viewing at a later date on this website and on YouTube.

CCA credits are applied for and pending.

Sponsored by Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Soybean Board.

For more information contact Nebraska Extension Educators: Katja Koehler-Cole, 402-504-1016,; Nathan Mueller, 402-821-2151,; Aaron Nygren, 402-624-8030,; Todd Whitney, 308-995-4222,; and Caro Córdova, 402-472-6292,

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