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Pilot Intensive Training
By Invitation

August 8 – 9, 2023

Clark Farms
563 US Hwy 41, Williamsport, IN 47933

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We're thrilled to introduce this pilot training. 

The agenda and content will ultimately be fluid, based on your specific needs and questions to ensure you get the most out of this experience.


We want to ensure you understand the importance of CONTEXT – a key soil health principle.  “Context” can mean location, it can mean type of farm (commodity/specialty crop/hemp/livestock integration, etc.) “Context” can mean WHERE a farm is on their soil health journey. 

 

All of the other soil health principles apply in relation to context – and can be adapted anywhere.

This project was funded in part by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and lender.

DRAFT Agenda

August 8

10:00 – Welcome and Deep Dive / Q&A with Rick Clark

12:00 Lunch (provided) + networking

1:00  Zoom w/ Jon Lundgren, Ecdysis; facilitated by Christian Krupke, Purdue University and Rick Clark

2:30 –  Break + Travel to the field

3:00 –  Set Insect Pit Fall Traps and build/fill "homemade" Berlese Funnels  – led by Christian Krupke and Stephanie Frischie, Xerces Society

4:30 –  Travel back to shop and wrap-up

5:30 –  Dinner (provided), networking, and screening a segment of Common Ground with Finian Makepeace, Kiss the Ground

August 9

8:00 –  Recap with Rick Clark and Amanda Kautz, Indiana NRCS State Soil Health Specialist

9:00 –  Break + travel to the field

9:30 –  Pull Pit Fall Traps. 

10:00 – Travel back to shop 

10:30 –  Identify insects and other living organisms from Pit Fall Traps and Berlese Funnels

12:00 –  Lunch (provided) + networking + travel back to the field 

12:30 – Field and Equipment time ​ - in-field soil health diagnostics and their use in educating others.

3:00 – Travel back to shop + follow-up/wrap-up

Adjourn – 4:00

Special Message from Host Rick Clark

Individuals from Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Texas - and of course Indiana have confirmed their attendance. They include USDA Soil Health Specialists, Agronomists, and Soil Scientists. We are expecting about 40 attendees from across the US.

Bookmark this page for updated event information as it develops.

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