FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 28, 2023
Sarah Bowman 616-842-5852 ext. 5
The Cultivating Resilience Farm Field Day will showcase common practices and emerging technologies that promote soil health and water conservation, improve farm efficiency, and give producers practical conservation knowledge that they can use to evaluate their operations to create a more resilient farm. We have several talented speakers, local farmers, and educators who will be leading the day’s sessions. The day will kick off with rotating breakout sessions where attendees will learn from experts on how to incorporate agroforestry practices into their farming operation to make them more profitable and weather-resilient, learn how to identify 11 indicators of soil health in cropping fields, and have discussions with local farmers on both the successes and challenges they’ve had with conservation practice implementation and how to stay motivated. After a free boxed lunch, attendees will be able to observe a live drone demonstration and will learn how this technology can be used to implement common practices, such as seeding cover crops or spraying herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers, with increased efficiency and with less disturbance to fields. There will be a variety of vendor tables on site for participants to visit curing network breaks and lunch and learn more about local farmer resources from agri-businesses and natural resource industry partners.
Cultivating Resilience Farm Field Day is a free event and includes a complimentary light breakfast and boxed lunch along with a few exciting door prizes donated from local businesses. All participants are automatically entered into the door prize raffle and additional entries can be earned throughout the day by visiting vendor tables. Registration is required by August 11th to guarantee lunch. Producers will be eligible to earn 3 RUP credits and a MAEAP Phase 1 educational credit during this event. Register and learn more about the event here: ottawacd.org/cultivatingresilience/. As agriculture in West Michigan faces continued challenges - from extreme weather events, groundwater shortages, development pressures, and more - cultivating resilience in our agricultural community is essential. We hope to see you on August 17th!
8:30 AM: Registration & Light Breakfast Sponsored by Greenstone Farm Credit Services
9:00 AM: Rotating Breakout Sessions (40 min each), including a 30 minute networking break after two rotations.
● Ways to Use Forested & Riparian Areas - Nathan Ayers (Savanna Institute), Symon Cronk (Newaygo Conservation District Nursery)
● Challenges & Successes with Conservation Practices with a focus on the Morren’s Field Trials - Steve & Austin Morren (Morren Crops & Cattle)
● Your Soil: Where are you and where do you want to be? - NRCS Regional Soil Health Specialist
11:45 AM: Enjoy a free, boxed lunch catered by Wolfies of Zeeland sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance Mark Hop Agency Inc.
12:45 PM: Welcome & Thank you! Keynote Partner Announcements & Sponsor Comments
1:00 PM: Live Drone Demonstration - Dirk Boon (Lakeshore Ag & Aerial LLC)
1:45 PM: Closing – Stick around for our Vendor Door Prizes! Obtain your 3 RUP Credits and MAEAP Phase 1 Educational Credit
MAEAP – Platinum Grant Sponsor
USDA NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program – Platinum Grant Sponsor
Project Clarity - Platinum Sponsor
Farm Bureau Insurance, Mark Hop Agency Inc. - Platinum Lunch Sponsor
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Platinum Sponsor
Greenstone Farm Credit Services - Gold Breakfast Sponsor
Byron Seeds - Gold Sponsor
AgriStrategies LLC - Partner Sponsor
Eco Solutions - Partner Sponsor
A&L Great Lakes Laboratories - Partner Sponsor
MIFarmLink - Partner Sponsor
Ottawa County Farm Bureau
Morren Crops & Cattle - Host Farm