Submitted by Brandy Brabham
WVU-Roane County Extension
Agent - 304-927-0975

The WVU Extension Service in Roane County is offering its second Progressive Farmer Winter Dinner Meeting on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at the Roane County High School Vocational Department in Spencer, WV. Participants are advised to park in the side parking lot next to greenhouse and enter through the shop door. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. with a meal provided by local sponsors, including Farm Credit and the Little Kanawha Conservation District.

Tuesday night's topic will be "Soil Fertility and Grazing Management" by Dr. Tom Basden, a nutrient management specialist with West Virginia University Extension Service (WVU-ES). Dr. Basden currently works in the areas of soil fertility, nutrient management and water quality. During the last 15 years as an extension educator, Tom's focus has been on agricultural non-point source pollution and watershed protection issues. His area of concentration is animal waste and nutrient management research and educational programs for West Virginia beef, dairy, and poultry farmers. Tom also provides composting and soil fertility educational programs for Extension Master Gardeners and small vegetable farmers throughout the State. An example of his funded research is a project helping high tunnel vegetable producers incorporate cover crops into their crop rotation to improve soil health.

This talk will focus on the new soil testing lab system, including a review of sampling methods, submission of prepared soil samples, new method of analysis, new recommendation system that includes determining the predominant soil series where the soil sample was taken.

This meeting is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested and suggested to plan for meals by Monday, February 18, 2019. To pre-register or for more information, call the WVU-Roane County Extension Office at 304-927-0975.

This series of meetings takes place throughout the winter every year and is brought to you in part by the WVU Extension Service, the USDA's Risk Management Agency, and Farm Credit of the Virginias. Local sponsors include Farm Credit and the Little Kanawha Conservation District.

A final local meeting is planned for March 20 and will cover the topic of farming with pipelines and will be held at the WVU-Jackson County Extension Office. A complete list of winter dinner meetings sponsored by WVU Extension can be found by stopping by the WVU-Roane County Extension Service's office located in the lower level of the Roane County Library in Spencer, WVa. or calling the local WVU-Roane County Extension Office at 304-927-0975.

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