Three faculty from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture are among the speakers who will deliver presentations at the Southern Agricultural Cover Crops Conference. The conference will be held Oct. 28 and 29 at the Arkansas State University Convocation Center in Jonesboro.

The event is presented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts. The Division of Agriculture is one of several co-sponsors.

The conference sessions will include soil management, water management, pest management, economics, cover crop management and no-till. Speakers will include university and USDA scientists, farmers and crop consultants. Certified crop advisors can earn continuing education units for attending the conference.

Gus Lorenz, an extension entomologist with the Division, will speak on insect management considerations in cover crops. Mike Daniels, an extension water quality and nutrient management specialist, will discuss managing soil fertility. Chris Henry, extension faculty in biological and agricultural engineering, will talk about irrigation tools for southern farmers.

Registration information is available at http://aracd.org/events or by contacting John Lee at 501-301-3173 or john.lee@ar.usda.gov or Debbie Moreland at debbiepinreal@aol.com. Walk-in registration will be accepted as space allows but meals will not be guaranteed.

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