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Soil health program underway at fairgrounds

Ray Archuleta addresses his Boone County audience Wednesday morning.
Ray Archuleta addresses his Boone County audience Wednesday morning.

A major soil health conference is underway today, Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Albion.

Nationally known soil health expert Ray Archuleta is presenting information on how to improve soil function for all areas and all soil types. About 250 area farmers, agronomists and businessmen are attending.

The program also included a panel discussion with area farmers Matt Niewohner, John Krohn, Todd Buettner and Paul Kettelson,  and a session on erosion control requirements with Britt Weiser, State Rescource Conservationist with NRCS.

Archuleta is a farmer from Seymour, MO, who teaches “biomimicry strategies” and agroecology principles on a national scale for improving soil function. He has over 30 years of work experience as a soil conservationist, water quality specialist and conservation agronomist with NRCS. His premise is teaching people how to emulate nature and natural processes, says Archuleta.