National Cover Crop and Soil Health Forum

Farm Forum

The SDSU Extension Regional Centers at Watertown, Winner and Sioux Falls will host a live broadcast of the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health, beginning at 9 a.m. CST on Feb. 18, 2014. The national conference in Omaha, Neb. will focus on prospects for cover crops and soil health improvements and feature:

• Howard G. Buffett, Howard G. Buffett Foundation – a private family foundation working to improve the standard of living and quality of life for the world’s most impoverished and marginalized populations

• Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture (invited)

• Ray Gaesser, American Soybean Association President

• A panel of expert producer conservationists: Dave Brandt (Ohio), Gabe Brown (North Dakota), Dan DeSutter (Indiana), and Clay Mitchell (Iowa).

“This will be a great opportunity for farmers interested in cover crops and soil health to meet up with like-minded individuals from their local area to discuss both local and national issues related to cover crops,” says Rob Myers, conference chairman and regional director of Extension programs for the North Central Region SARE. “We hope that farmers will come prepared with questions and ideas that they can feed back to the U.S. Department of Agriculture about programs and assistance needed for cover crops and soil health.”

Attending the nationwide broadcast is free of charge and open to anyone who is interested in hearing about and discussing the prospects for cover crops and soil health improvements on American farms and ranches. Following the broadcast, discuss with local experts how cover cropping can build soil health, improve yields, curb erosion, manage pests and build resilience into your farming system.

Here at the SDSU Extension Center in Winner, we have asked a few local ag producers to briefly share some of their experiences with cover crops and how they have affected their farm and ranch operations. We welcome producers from the audience to share their experiences with cover crops and maybe help answer some of the questions that arise.

Please RSVP to ensure adequate accommodations at the SDSU Extension Centers:

Winner: 325 S. Monroe St., RSVP – Bob Fanning at (605) 842-1267 or

Sioux Falls: 2001 E. Eighth St., RSVP – Anthony Bly at (605) 782-3290 or

Watertown: 1910 West Kemp Avenue, RSVP: Jim Dylla, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) at (605) 886-8202, Ext. 3 or

For more information about the conference, visit