Understanding soils is critical to conservation and land use planning that supports sustainable agriculture, forestry and greener urban, suburban and rural communities. A first-ever conference designed to help Bay State natural resource management and environmental protection professionals; agricultural commission and conservation commission members; farmers and other land owners and managers understand and use soil data will be held on, September 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Heifer Farm in Rutland, Mass.
 
Titled “Know the Soil, Know the Land,” this one-day conference will focus on soil information resources available through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Soil Survey. Soil experts will provide updates on recent changes to the data and train attendees on how to use it. The day will include classroom workshops and field demonstrations.
 
“If you know your soils, you know and can better manage your land,” said Al Averill, State Soil Scientist for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
 
This training has been approved for up to seven training contact hours (TCH) for Soil Evaluator (SE) renewal under the Mass. Title 5 program or up to 5.5 credits, Category 1, for purposes of Mass. Forester licensing. A certificate of completion will be provided to all participants.
 
The conference is sponsored by NRCS, the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Districts and the Worcester County Conservation District (WCCD).
 
Registration is $99 until Sept. 13th; pre-registration is required. To register on-line, click here. A draft agenda is available on the WCCD website.