Innovative Cropping Systems SARE-PDP Project, Colonial Soil and Water Conservation District
The Innovative Cropping System Program (ICS) will be enhanced by SARE-PDP funds to support a two-day training session. Attending professionals will have an opportunity to learn detailed information concerning state of the art agricultural management systems. ICS methods such as Continuous No-Till combined with intensive biomass rotations are primary tools utilized for soil quality improvement. Information will be provided to raise awareness and confidence for professional support of ICS. Resource Conservation and Crop Production Efficiencies will be presented. The proposed speakers and topics represent a diverse program providing local, state and national perspectives. The second day will provide access to numerous field research and demonstration plots. Please refer to the attached draft. The program will accommodate as many as 250 individuals. The proposed draft agenda and schedule is attached. Virginia has designated the session as required in service training for Cooperative Extension. Certified Crop Consultant and Nutrient Management Certification Credits will be offered. Materials, such as our National Award Winning Video, research data and informational publications will be made available to all that attend.
Currently the ICS Partnership has installed several research plots for the second day tour. The proposed agenda should be finalized within the next month. Arrangements have been made for meals, transportation and facilities. Notification and reservation details will be provided before the end of February. No expense re-imbursements have been requested to this point.