Conference to cover wide range of topics


ADA, Ohio — Nearly 70 field crop production sessions ranging from biofuels to nutrient management to precision agriculture will dominate Ohio State University’s Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference in February.

The conference will be held Feb. 25-26 at the McIntosh Center of Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.

The event is sponsored by OSU Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Northwest Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Districts, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA Farm Service Agency, and the Ohio No-Till Council.

Agenda and registration information can be found at

Wide range of topics

The conference will offer a wide range of topics catering to just about anybody in the agriculture industry, from the farmer, to the certified crop adviser, to the soil and water specialist.

Sessions being offered Feb. 25 are categorized under several tracks including soil, water and biofuels; advanced scouting techniques and nutrient/manure management.

A highlight of the Feb. 25 sessions is Corn University, a half-day in-depth program on corn production management and ways to increase yields and boost profits. The program features four top Midwest Extension corn specialists.

Sessions being offered Feb. 26 are categorized under crop management; nutrient management; cover crops; planters and precision agriculture.

A highlight of the Feb. 26 sessions is Soybean School, a new program covering all aspects of soybean production management, modeled after Corn University.

Other features

Other features during the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference include:

– A general session discussion on no-till, carbon sequestration and climate change legislation.

– Certified Livestock Management training for those interested in obtaining a manure management license by the Ohio Department of Agriculture or who want to learn more about best manure management practices.

– A session on exploring sweet sorghum for ethanol.

– First Detector Training by the National Plant Diagnostic Network.

– A full day on cover crops, offered Feb. 26.

– Nearly a full day on precision agriculture technology, offered Feb. 26.


Certified Crop Adviser credits be will offered during the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference. In 2009, more than 400 attendees received CCA credits.


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  1. I am sure this is a good thing but I find that ODA considers everything best management practices whether they fall into that category or not. Claiming that the No. Preston site of Park Farms incorporated these rules is a fantasy. Being built right across from an existing home, which is zoned residential is hardly my idea of BMP! With the chemicals which drifted onto our property destroying the shrubs on the front of my home is a no brainer.

    Thankfully, Sen Brown has stepped up to the plate and asked Ms. Joyce Frank, Associate Administrator for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs for the USEPA to explain how this could happen to my home.
    Now perhaps we can get some answers on this miscarriage of justice!

  2. Mary, They’re not saying everything is best management practices. They’re just trying to educate farmers on what practices are most efficient and environmentally friendly. By the way, I’ve read some of your posts. Farm Bureau is NOT an ”industrial farms only” group, They’re a grassroots organization and if you will watch they’re Our Ohio program, you’ll see many small farms that are members of FB. And how do I know about FB ? My great-grandpa was a member of FB back in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.


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