Register now for Soil Health Workshop at NICC in Calmar

Farmers and industry persons are invited to attend the 2nd Annual Soil Health Workshop in conjunction with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Thursday, February. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Wilder Business Center on Northeast Iowa Community College’s (NICC) Calmar campus. The workshop will feature a variety of speakers focused on unlocking nutrients with soil health.

Jimmy Emmons of Leedey, OK is the first presenter with “Grazing Beyond the Yield.” An international leader in the soil health movement, Emmons served as the regional coordinator for USDA’s Farm Production and Conservation Program. He recently joined the Oklahoma Conservation Commission as its soil health mentoring coordinator.

The second presenter, Jon Stevens of Rock Creek, MN, will give a talk titled, “Heretic Farmer.” Stevens farms 750 acres in East Central Minnesota including corn, soybeans, wheat, hay and growing a retail beef herd. Stevens’ farm has seen a reduction in equipment costs, labor, diesel fuel and most importantly fertilizer expenses while maintaining or increasing production.

Breakout sessions for the event will be led by Amos Troester of Garnavillo; Mark Stock of Waukon; Tim Recker of Arlington; and Jerome Fulsaas of Decorah.

There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required by February 17. The event also offers 3.5 hours of Certified Crop Advising (CCA) credit. For complete workshop details and registration, visit