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EVENT-April 5

By Staff | Mar 17, 2013

MASON CITY – Using cover crops in sustainable fruit and vegetable production systems is a topic with increasing grower interest.

Researchers will share information on the cover crop topic from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., on April 5 at the North Iowa Events Center, 3700 4th St. S.W., in Mason City.

Iowa State University and USDA-National Laboratory for Agriculture and Environment will conduct the event.

Registration is free but required by April 1 for arranging lunch. Register online at covercropworkshop.eventbrite.com. Seating is limited.

The workshop focuses on information of value to commercial horticulture specialists, county Extension horticulturists, regional food systems working group members, local food organizations, plus fruit and vegetable growers.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

Participants attending the workshop will learn about cover crop types, planting, management, benefits and issues associated with cover cropping in fruit and vegetable cropping systems.

Workshop speakers from ISU include Ajay Nair, Extension horticulture specialist; Gail Nonnecke, horticulture professor; Andy Lenssen, agronomy associate professor; and Tom Kaspar, professor with the National Lab for Ag and the Environment.

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