Dodge County Extension To Host Healthy Water Workshop

(Juneau) Area farmers and waterfront property owners have an opportunity next month to learn more about striking a balance between producing crops and protecting the environment. A workshop geared toward farmers will be held on Wednesday, February 7th at the Juneau Community Center. Later that night, a program with some of the same speakers will be held for the general public. The Dodge County UW Extension’s Loretta Ortiz-Ribbing says the Healthy Soil-Healthy Water Workshop is a farmer-to-farmer hosted event featuring a nationally known soil health and cover crops spokesperson. Ray Archuleta, also known as “The Soil Guy,” will explain how healthy soil and healthy water equals more profits. The farmer-to-farmer workshop will also feature Justin Morris, a Regional Soil Health Specialist in the new Soil Health Division of Natural Resources Conservation Service. Morris provides education and training on soil health and adaptively-managed grazing. In the evening program for waterfront property owners, Archuleta will discuss how modern farm practices are reducing sediment and nutrient runoff into our water resources. The Healthy Soil-Healthy Water Workshop geared toward farmers begins at 9am in the Juneau Community Center while the waterfront property owner program starts at 6:30pm at the Dodge County Administration Building in Juneau. Those attending the workshop geared toward farmers on Wednesday are invited to a producers forum on Thursday February 8 from 10am until 2:30pm at Prospect Ag Service in Horicon. More information is available through the Dodge County UW Extension Office.