Soil Health Expo 2022

Soil Health Expo 2022

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$0 – $200

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Toyota Events Center

709 North Embree Street

Princeton, IN 47670

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Don't miss the conservation event of the year - the Soil Health Expo, August 16, 2022!!

About this event

SW Indiana's team of Soil & Water Conservation Districts is proud to announce the conservation event of the year – the 2022 Soil Health Expo! The eight-county SWCD planning committee has brought in high profile soil health advocates to give producers a new look at soil health. This event is FREE for attendees.

We invite you and your company to take part by participating in the 2022 Soil Health Expo’s Trade Show. This show features two ways for your company to make connections at this event: 1) Trade Show Booth reservation $200; 2) Sponsorship reservation $100. Your company can sign up for one – or both to get maximum coverage.

Trade Show booth reservations will be taken on first-come, first-served basis and include an 8' table + two chairs (electrical outlet can be requested, limited number available). Sponsorship will showcase your company in publications, media outlets, expo slideshow, & more. Trade show will last throughout the Expo, giving you the opportunity to connect with 150+ producers/conservationists who represent a wide variety of agriculture in rural, urban, and suburban settings from around Indiana and neighboring states.

Featured speakers will be:

1) Russell Hedrick, is a first-generation farmer in the foothills of Hickory NC, where he farms JRH Grain Farms, LLC. Russell is known as one of the most progressive young farmers in the country. He has been a featured producer in Top Producer Magazine, Furrow Magazine, and on RFD TV, Ag PhD, and National No-Till Farmer for profitably farming by reducing fertilizer inputs and using soil health practices on cash crops . In 2017 he won the North Carolina Corn Yield contest, the first person to win in the state using regenerative practices. Russell's operation focuses on maximizing profits and direct consumer marketing for all their products, including corn, soybeans, wheat, barley, pastures, beef and pork. He is the co-founder of Regen Mills and Heritage Ground with Liz, owner of Soil Regen, LLC, and has partnered with Foothills Distillery producing the first bourbon in North Carolina since prohibition.

2) Cameron Mills, along with his wife Cara, is a no-till farmer from Walton, IN. In 1998, he began farming as his father phased into retirement from his nearly 600-acre farm. At the time, the farm mostly used conventional farming techniques. Seeing an opportunity in labor savings and the ability to invest in much less equipment, Cameron began to shift toward no-till in 2000. Cameron’s operation now consists of 3,800 acres. Cameron raises corn, soybeans, triticale, and grain sorghum that are all non-GMO. The Millses market their non-GMO crops for a premium when possible, but also raise them to improve soil health. They maintain about 50 head of feeders in a rotational grazing operation, marketing the beef locally as grass-fed. They also raise chickens to market eggs locally, as well as pasture pork and poultry. The Millses no-till into cover crops whenever possible. Following triticale, Cameron sows a 17-way cocktail cover crop mix so he can include species that benefit soil health. Cameron also uses poultry litter in his operation to meet his crops’ nutritional needs of potassium and phosphorus.

Cameron has progressed from learning about cover crops at an early National No-Tillage Conference to being a speaker at the annual event as well as other national events such as No-Till at the Plains conference. In fact, he’s spoken about no-till and soil health to farmers as far away as Canada and Italy. To add to his accomplishments, he was also a 2021 Master Farmer recipient.

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