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Upcoming Conference To Discuss Nutrient Management, Edge-Of-Field Monitoring

MEMPHIS, TENN.
   Producers throughout Arkansas and neighboring states have an opportunity to learn about the latest developments in nutrient management and edge-of-field monitoring at an upcoming conference sponsored by the Soil and Water Conservation Society.
   Nutrient Management and Edge of Field Monitoring: From the Great Lakes to the Gulf is a three-day conference being held Dec. 1-3 in Memphis. Farmers, conservation experts and researchers from around the country are invited to learn about innovative nutrient reduction strategies, activities and programs that have proven to be successful.
   The conference will be held at the Sheraton Downtown Memphis Hotel, and will kick off Tuesday, Dec. 1 with a three-hour “Healthy Soils for Healthy Water” symposium at 10 a.m. The conference will also feature three breakout tracks, focusing on research and monitoring results, the implications of those results for reducing nutrient loads and watershed project implementation.
   More than 18 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in Soil and Water credit have been approved for this conference.
   Deadlines for vendors are quickly approaching. The deadline for vendors to register an exhibit booth is Monday, Nov. 9. Attendees can register at any time before the conference, and attend either the Tuesday symposium, the remainder of the conference or both; fees range from $189-$525 for Soil and Water Conservation Society members, from $209-$590 for non-members and from $139-$240 for students.
   Mike Daniels, extension nutrient management and water quality specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said the conference is an excellent opportunity for individuals involved in farming, water and soil conservation and research to learn about the current status of research, policy and government efforts in addressing nutrient losses to the Gulf of Mexico from agricultural landscapes within the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basins.
   “Concerns over nutrient loading to the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico will continue to stimulate activity and effort to address the issue,” Daniels said. “This conference is bringing together farmers, crop consultants, researchers, extension specialists, state and federal officials and non-government organizations from States within the Mississippi to collectively address nutrient losses from agriculture to the Gulf of Mexico.  I believe this conference will help a diverse set of stakeholders see what others are doing, find common ground and goals and integrate their efforts into effective, voluntary solutions for all.”
   Individuals interested in attending the conference can learn more by contacting the Soil and Water Conservation Society at www.swcs.org or calling 515-289-2331, or contacting Mike Daniels at mdaniels@uaex.edu. ∆
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