WGCD to hold its first Northeast Colorado Progressive Ag Symposium
February 16, 2018
The West Greeley Conservation District is holding its first ever Northeast Colorado Progressive Ag Symposium on March 14-15 at Island Grove Park. The symposium is free but the conservation district requires attendees to RSVP by March 6 so they can get a head count for lunch.
The first day of the symposium will focus on soil, including topics such as soil health and no-till practices. The second day will feature water and include presentations that address irrigation methods and conservation, among other topics.
There has never been anything done like this in our area by our group," said Kandee Nourse, district manager for the West Greeley Conservation District, who said they would like to do something similar to this every year, depending on the popularity of this year's event.
The symposium organizers are pulling speakers in from other states who may have some new ideas or technologies that might be of interest in this area.
The keynote presenter, David R. Montgomery, a MacArthur Fellow and professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington, is an internationally recognized geologist who studies landscape evolution and the effects of geological processes on ecological systems and human socieities.
John Stulp as the special policy adviser to the governor for water and interbasin compact committee director, is charged with bringing together a mixture of ideas and pathways for a water plan that balances Colorado's future water needs.
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Dan Rudnick, an assitant professor of biological systems engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will present information about irrigation management.
Gregory Scott, a certified professional soil scientist, will address soil health principles and the history of the soil health movement.
Symposium attendees will also hear weather analysis from Russ Schumacher, an associate professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University and editor of the journal Monthly Weather Review.
Rick Bieber will use his farm and soils as an example of how everyone can feel good about soil care.
Jason Von Lembke, vice president of land and resource management from The Bromley Companies, is the project manager for the Subsurface Irrigation Efficiency Project, a 165-acre research farm in Kersey, Colo., where they collaborate with Colorado State University to study subsurface drip irrigation, water efficiencies and conservation, crop/water coefficients and collaboration between agriculture and oil and gas interests.
Organizers are still working to secure speakers for the event.
The event will also include booths, but the "people who are coming aren't selling anything, they will teach people about getting soil moisture from plants and not necessarily the soil itself, for example," Nourse said.
The West Greeley Conservation District was established in 1948 after the Dust Bowl. West Greeley is one of 10 conservation districts in Weld County and includes 66 percent or 1.65 million acres. ❖