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Soil health meetings scheduled for Dec.

Ray Archuleta, National Conservation Specialist out of Greensboro, North Carolina is the lead speaker at two South Dakota Soil Health Challenge Events scheduled for Dec. 16 & 18.

The South Dakota Soil Health Challenge Events will be held Dec. 16, 2014 in Rapid City at the Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center and Dec. 18, 2014 in Aberdeen at the Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center.

Registration for the events starts at 8:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 9 a.m.

"Ray is an animated speaker when it comes to the value of soil and keeping it healthy. His lively presentations and demonstrations always show his passion for soil," said Ruth Beck, SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist.

Speaker lineup

Archuleta will be the first speaker on the program during the Dec. 16 Soil Health Challenge. He is followed by Gabe Brown, a farmer/rancher from the Bismarck, N.D. area.

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Brown is one of the pioneers of the soil health movement, believing that healthy soils lead to clean water, healthy plants, animals and people. Brown and his family operate a diversified farm and ranch on which they integrate grazing, no-till cropping systems and soil health practices. Each year more than 2,000 people visit the Brown ranch.

During the event a panel of farmers from western South Dakota will share their no-till and cover crop experiences. The day will wrap-up with a presentation from Dr. Dwayne Beck, manager of South Dakota State University Dakota Lakes Research Farm near Pierre. Beck is a longtime advocate and practitioner of no-till cropping systems.

Archuleta will again be the first speaker up on Dec. 18. He will be followed by Jeremy Wilson, a longtime no-till farmer from Jamestown, N.D.

Other speakers include; Chris Augustin, NDSU Extension Soil Health Specialist and Kelly Cooper, manager of the Conservation Cropping Systems Project near Foreman, N.D. Dr. Dwayne Beck, manager of the South Dakota State University Dakota Lakes Research Farm will wrap the day up.

Both programs run from 9 to 3:30 p.m. with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Registration is Necessary & Free

There is no cost to attend either event but an RSVP is required as lunch will be served. CEU's will be available at both events.

Full program details can be downloaded at iGrow.org/events or at http://www.sdnotill.com. Interested individuals should email ruth.beck@sdstate.edu or anthony.bly@sdstate.edu or call the SDSU Regional Extension Center in Pierre at 605-773-8120 or Sioux Falls at 605-782-3290 to RSVP. Call soon to reserve your spot. Learn what you can do to preserve and build the soil resource for the next generation.

–SDSU Extension