University of Maryland Extension

Conference - Soil Biology: Core Principles & Practical Applications

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 - 8:30am to Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 - 4:30pm
The same event will be repeated at two locations: Weyers Cave (BRCC) on Weds, Dec 3 and Petersburg (VSU) on Thurs, Dec 4, 2014.
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VA Cooperative Extension, NRCS, and other VA Soil Health Coalition partners have organized an exceptional soil biology educational opportunity for farmers, ag advisors, and anyone interested in maximizing the land’s potential.

The instructor is Dr. Elaine Ingham, a globally-recognized soil microbiologist and soil management educator.  Dr. Ingham will help “demystify” soil biology and explain the many ways promoting soil life can increase soil productivity and agricultural profitability.  Primary author of the excellent Soil Biology Primer, Dr. Ingham is world-famous for providing information that is both technically rigorous and highly practical.

Multiple VA famers will also speak.  Each day of training will include insights and case studies from at least three Virginia farmers who have been building soil health with cover crops, managed grazing, crop and livestock diversity, no-till, etc.

Anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of how the soil works should be interested in this event, from grassland managers to long-term no-tillers to organic gardeners.

In addition to a full day of mind-opening ideas from the speakers, you also get:

  • Networking with other like-minded growers.
  • A great meal made with food from local farms.
  • Your own copy of the Soil Biology Primer ($20 value)
  • 5 Maryland Agricultural Nutrient Management CEUS in all categories
  • For CCAs: 4.0 SW CEUs, 5 NM CEUs.
  • For conservation planners: 4.0 NRCS CEUs
  • For VA DCR-certified NMP planners: CEUs pending


Detailed Flyer Event Information 

Registration Information

(When registering, please be aware that this training is part of the multi-day VA Farm to Table Conference.  You will see many registration choices.  Be sure to select one of the two “Soil Biology Tracks w Elaine Ingham”.  Note that phone registration is also an option (see flyer for details).)

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