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Make the "C" Connection

S.D. No-till Association meeting to feature cover crops, carbon sequestration and carbon trading.

The South Dakota No-Till Association's biannual conference, "No-Till: The "C" Connection" will be held Jan. 31- Feb. 1 at the Huron Event Center. Topics covered will include livestock integration in no-till systems; cover and forage crop innovations; soil carbon dynamics; carbon sequestration; and carbon trading potential.

Featured speakers include:

Kirk Gadzia, owner and operator of Resources Management Services Bernalillo, NM. The focus of his work is a holistic approach to agriculture and lifestyle with long and short term goals.

Jerry Hatfield, director of The National Soil Tilth Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. He will address the real value of carbon in the soil

Ray Ward, owner of Ward Laboratories, Kearney, Neb. He will focus on the proper soil testing methods for soils that are very biologically active.

Dwayne Beck from the Dakota Lakes Research Center near Pierre, S.D.; Shannon Osborne, from the USDA Research Center near Brookings, S.D.; and Jim Millar from the NRCS in Redfield, S.D. These speakers have extensive experience in no-till systems, cover crops and soil conservation.

The registration fee for the conference is $100.00 before Jan. 15. This fee includes three meals, proceedings and a membership to the SD No-Till Association.

A detailed copy of the conference program and registration form is available on line at or by phone (605) 222-6238.

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