Conference Registration Now Open!

Ryegrass. Photo by Sarah Isbell.
Northeast Cover Crops Council November Conference Registration is Now Open

The potential benefits of cover crop use are well-known – decreased soil erosion, tighter nutrient cycling that can reduce the amount (and thus cost) of fertilizer that needs to be applied to a following cash crop, increased soil organic matter, yield resilience during years with challenging weather conditions, and the list goes on. On November 15-16, 2018, you can join other cover crop enthusiasts—experienced and novice alike—for a 2-day in-depth meeting focused entirely on cover crops.

After last year’s successful inaugural conference, the Northeast Cover Crops Council invites everyone to attend its second conference open to the public, hosted by Penn State with assistance from the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture. Farmers, students, researchers, extension educators, government and industry representatives, and others will gather to talk and learn about all things cover crop-related at the Ramada Inn Conference Center (State College, PA) on Nov. 15 and the Penn State Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center (Pennsylvania Furnace, PA) on Nov. 16.
Sessions on Nov. 15 will feature experts providing proven real-world advice on cover crop use. Speakers will include industry experts, land-grant researchers, and experienced farmers who will share about their successes and failures, equipment, and stories working with cover crops. Sessions will focus on soil health, cover crop practices for no-till, pest management, cover crop mixtures, harvesting cover crops for forage, and more.  The field tour on Nov. 16 at the Penn State Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center will allow attendees to walk among cover crop variety and implementation demonstration plots and see specialized farming equipment.

This conference will be a great opportunity to get your cover crop questions answered and network with cover crop experts from throughout the Northeast. The Northeast Cover Crops Council works to support the adoption and successful implementation of cover crops to enhance economic, environmental, and social benefits. The conference is held with the support of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, NE SARE, and other generous sponsors. Sponsorships have allowed us to keep registration prices low; please visit the Northeast Cover Crops Council website to register. Early-bird registration ends Oct. 15.