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January 13, 2014

Ag meet about long term regional benefit

emann@pvdemocrat.com — For communities that have spent generations surrounded by a sizable agricultural influence, continuing vital traditions depends a lot on shared lessons among its tenants.

One such occasion which invites those in the livelihood for such an opportunity is set to return to the Garvin County Fairgrounds on Thursday, Jan. 16 in the form of the annual Garvin Conservation District ‘Meet and Greet.’

Those like district conservationist for Garvin County, Brandon Chandler, see it not only as an excuse for area land owners to catch up as friends, but actually share in an education process that can teach everyone developing habits for a stronger future.

“The main thing I like about these outreach meetings is they bring together good fellowship,” said Chandler.

“It will also help us maintain our property better, be better stewards of our land.”

As in other years, this meeting and meal starting at 6 p.m. will focus on addressing a current topic or concern producers are facing, with the discussion focusing this time around on soil health, according to Chandler.

He noted while it is similar to last year’s topic about traditional till farming versus no till, this time they will be talking about how soil health is important for pasture land as well as crop land.

“There’s a lot about soil I don’t even know… We receive some of that education too,” said Chandler, who personally did a little demonstration last year with rainfall, showing the impact on conventional till as well as no till through the runoff.

“We typically get a response from those meetings or producers want to talk about it. We had some producers who were interested in going from plow crop on their land to going to a more non-traditional no-till tillage after last year.”

Steve Alspach, the assistant state soil scientist, is the guest speaker this year and the conservation district will also update on programs available.

After a meal provided by Trails End Barbecue, they will recognize ‘friend of conservation’ with an award for their efforts over the past year.

“We’ve never claimed we know everything. As we move forward with our agricultural production, more land is lost to development and we’ve got to be able to work harder and smarter… we’ve always got to figure out how to work more with less land,” said Chandler.

“We have people come in from out of county who just want to hear information.”

For more information, call 405-238-7233.

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