Events Previously Held
COVER CROP BREAKFAST HELD – August 3, 2016
The Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Gibson and Knox Counties held an informational breakfast for local farmers on cover crops. The speaker for the event was Betsy Bower, agronomist with Ceres Solutions. Topics included how farmers are to accomplish their goals by using the right seeds mixture for the weather to control weeds and termination of the cover crop. The discussion was held on the types of nozzles to use for improved coverage of burn down and to reduce drift. She showed comparisons when mixing chemicals how water quality may affect the need to adjustments the amounts of chemicals used during the mixing process.
Emerald Ash Borer Education – July 11, 2016
During the Gibson County Fair, Purdue Extension & Gibson County SWCD partnered to provide information on the emerald ash borer invading the Midwest. Larry Caplan, certified arborist from the Vanderburgh Extension Office, spoke and held a Q&A session for attendees.
Women in Agriculture Evening
The Southwest Indiana Soil & Water Conservation Districts recently held a Women in Agriculture evening sponsored by First Financial Bank of Princeton. The event was held at the Azalea Path Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Inc. The fall accommodations on the deck of the country gardens were made possible by Beverly Knight.
Speakers started with Priscilla Magee of First Financial Bank. She provided information to consider when passing the farming operation down to the next generation, saying the most overlooked detail is waiting too long to plan. Other details to consider are: how many generations are working on the farm; children that work on and off the farm; size of the operation; children that may be disabled and sibling rivalry to be a few.
Amy Sims, Indiana State Department of Agriculture, gave details on her responsibilities as a Resource Specialist. Her job takes her out into farmers’ fields designing conservation practices, assisting with transect data, and at SWCDs in the office reporting her accomplishments.
Next, Betsy Wilkinson, Natural Resources Conservation Service, shared information on Earth Team Volunteering and the many ways the public can help. Volunteers can help from working outside doing conservation projects such as planting trees, to assisting in an office. As Regional Earth Team Volunteer Coordinator, she provided information on how to become a volunteer.
The evening concluded with Sheryl Seib, District 9 Education Outreach Coordinator for Indiana Farm Bureau. She reminisced with humorous stories of how she became a farmer’s wife and helped her husband on the farm in their early years together. She told of her travels to assist other women in agriculture and of her recent trip to DC to lobby for agriculture.
This event was sponsored by First Bank, Princeton.