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Soil book author speaks Dec 13

imageDavid R. Montgomery, author of soil books including Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life

Author of soil books to speak at Huron Soil and Crop Improvement Association Annual General Meeting

Huron Soil and Crop Annual General Meeting to take place at Libro Community Hall in Clinton, Ontario on Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The author of Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life, David R. Montgomery, is a guest speaker at the Huron County Soil and Crop Improvement Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. The AGM event takes place at Libro Community Hall in Clinton, Ontario at 239 Bill Fleming Drive. 

Doors open at 5 p.m. Huron Soil and Crop business takes place at around 5:30 p.m. Dinner starts at about 6:30 p.m. Speakers present starting at about 7:15 p.m. The evening finishes at around 9:30 p.m. 

Tickets are $20 each. Continuing education unit (CEU) credits are available for participants. To buy tickets, contact Huron Soil and Crop Improvement Association (HSCIA) secretary Sharon Devine at 519-868-8946. You may also register for tickets online at the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) Wild Apricot web page at this link: https://oscia.wildapricot.org/event-2726369. Please register by December 4. To find out more about the AGM visit huronsoilcrop.org

Dr. David R. Montgomery is a geologist and professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington. His research focuses on how soil erosion has negatively impacted civilizations around the world. Montgomery highlights entrepreneurial farmers who focus on improving soil health and regenerative practices. The presenter says it is possible for an agricultural producer to improve their bottom line while mending damaged environments. The author shows how no-till, cover crops, and diverse crop rotations can sustain the indispensable soil microbial ecosystem. This, in turn, protects a farmer’s crops and livelihood, according to Montgomery. To learn more about the author and his books you may visit his website at: dig2grow.com

The Huron County Soil and Crop Improvement Association is also proud to welcome another presenter, Dr. Rene Van Acker, Professor and Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) at the University of Guelph, speaking on the value of soil. Dr. Van Acker is co-founder of the Food Institute at the University of Guelph (now the Arrell Food Institute). The speaker’s research interests include weed management and agronomy. He has published more than 130 peer-reviewed works more than 300 other non-peer reviewed contributions.

The President of Huron Soil and Crop, Doug Walker, said “the AGM event is a wonderful chance to enjoy good food, renew old friendships, meet other people working in agriculture, find out about innovations in preserving soil health, and to learn from world-class speakers.” Talks by Montgomery and Van Acker should be fascinating additions to this year’s agenda, according to the HSCIA President. “Huron Soil and Crop is very honoured this year to have geologist Dr. David Montgomery, an internationally renowned author about soil, present to us at our 2017 Annual General Meeting,” Walker said. “We are also honoured to welcome Dr. Rene Van Acker, Professor and Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) at the University of Guelph.”

Sponsors of the special presentation by David R. Montgomery include the Government of Ontario, Huron County Soil and Crop Improvement Association, County of Huron, Maitland Conservation, and Ausable Bayfield Conservation.