November 14, 2018

Alamosa, Colorado

Soil Health In The West

Wednesday Nov 14th
Alamosa, Colorado - Adams State University Student Union
8:00 am - 4:30 pm (lunch provided with registration)
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Jay Fuhrer, Rudy Garcia, Steve Tucker, George Whitten, Erin Nissen, and more great practitioners of soil health in the Western U.S. are convening with the Soil and Water Conservation Society - Colorado Chapter in Alamosa on November 14, 2018.

Jay Fuhrer is a North Dakota-based soil health expert with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) who has worked around the world on soil health implementation and training, offering practical insights and pragmatic approaches in his talks.  Rudy Garcia, also with NRCS, works around the Southwestern US, specializing in soil health management for arid lands.  Steve Tucker is a western-Nebraska farmer and rancher whose unique use of cover crops and soil management have led to great market opportunities on limited water, beyond what was imaginable prior to implementing soil health principles on his land.  George Whitten has integrated soil health principles into his holistic management framework in raising beef cattle, both on private and public lands, and has seen substantial gains in long-term productivity and resilience in his land as a consequence.  Erin Nissen has actively engaged soil health principles, integrating livestock and forage diversity into cash crop rotations, all the while mindful of irrigation water use.  And on this day you'll hear accounts from even more Westerners making strides towards healthier soils.

At the workshop & field tour, these folks will share their wisdom and experience around implementing soil health principles to regenerate lands under the tough conditions of the West.  Expect the focus of this day to be on the role of water use in the effort to sustain working lands, and expect the conversation to be lively!  The morning session will be held at the Adams State University Student Union Building, with lunch during the field tour portion in the afternoon. 

Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to share thoughts with such skilled soil health experts as these.  Our presenters have convened in honor of Mike Collins ( + 2016 ), to continue the work he began in the Western U.S. so all may benefit from healthy soils.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:
Soil and Water Conservation Society
Salazar Rio Grande del Norte Center (Adams State University)
Mosca-Hooper Conservation District

Don't Delay - November 14th is just around the corner - register at

Info Brought To You By The Volunteers of the San Luis Valley Soil Health Working Group
This rag-tag group of soil health practitioners, scientists and enthusiasts began in 2010 and meets most every month, with the purpose of sharing soil health information and experience.  We hope to see you at one of our gatherings, and to join in the dynamic conversation regarding growing healthy soils.  For more information, you may contact Patrick O'Neill at 719-588-0836 or 

Dedicated to Mike Collins - Soil and Water Conservation Society Member, Soil Health Educator and Advocate

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