Agricultural Watershed Institute and Prairie Rivers Network
Invite you to a Workshop on Perennial Biomass Crops and Nutrient Loss Reduction
August 14th, 2015
Location: Richland Community College Campus/National Sequestration Education Center
Time: 10 am to 3 pm – Lunch provided
PLEASE RSVP BY 8/12/15 TO 217-877-5640 OR TMCMAHON@AGWATERSHED.ORG
The use of wetness-tolerant Perennial Crops combined with drainage management practices could become a viable cropping system to utilize nutrients before they reach streams and lakes.
Speakers and participants will discuss current and possible crops and methods to produce forage or bioenergy feedstock in wet or sloping areas and also help meet the targets of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.
Attendees are invited to tour the Caterpillar—AWI Prairie for Bioenergy demonstration plots immediately after the workshop.
This workshop and plot tour is free and open to the public. It is especially designed for conservation professionals, scientists and educators, producers, landowners, farm managers, and anyone else with an interest in perennial forage or bioenergy crops that can also provide water quality, soil conservation, and wildlife benefits. Speakers will include Jerry Kaiser, NRCS Elsberry Plant Materials Center; Cristina Negri, Argonne National Laboratory; Allen Parrish, U of I; Eric Rund, Rund Farms; Producer & Contractor Panel.