Farm program to focus on practices that improve soil, reduce runoff

By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press staff

Clean Farm Families and Ozaukee County Demonstration Farm Network will host  a field day to focus on establishing cover crops by using interseeding, no-till, planting green and crimping practices.

“Our focus is to get farmers out in the field to see and discuss their various practices that improve soil health, allowing more water infiltration and less runoff,” county Land and Water Management Director Andy Holschbach said.

Jamie Patton, an outreach specialist with the Nutrient and Pest Management Program at University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be the featured speaker. 

He will talk about how these practices affect soils.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Melichar Broad Acres, 3990 Willow La. in the Town of Port Washington. 

The event is free. Lunch is provided.

Check-in is at 9:30 a.m.

The Demonstration Farm Network formed last year and focuses on teaching farmers how to use cover crops and other methods to reduce runoff into Lake Michigan. The Clean Farm Families  group focuses on the Milwaukee River and on soil health.

Register by contacting Jim Melichar at 206-1731 or jpmelichar@gmail.com or Holschbach at 284-8271 or aholschbach@co.ozaukee.wi.us.

For more information, go to www.cleanfarmfamilies.com or www.ozaukeedemofarms.com.

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