BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 15, 2014 – The Virginia No-Till Alliance in collaboration with Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Natural Resources Conservation Service will host its annual winter conferences on Feb. 4 and 5. Farmers will be able to learn about the latest in no-till and cover crop strategies to improve their profitability.
“No-till farming minimizes susceptibility to erosion, compaction, fertilizer and chemical runoff, and leaching of nutrients,” said Matthew Yancey, Virginia Cooperative Extension agricultural and natural resources agent in Rockingham County. “It is safer for the environment than traditional methods of turning and cultivating soil, while more profitable for the farmer in the long term.”
The conferences will be held Feb. 4 at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds in Harrisonburg, Va., and Feb. 5 at the Olde Dominion Ag Complex in Chatham, Va.