Building healthier soil and the effects of reduced irrigation on federal crop insurance are the topics of two public forums to be hosted by the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s School of Agriculture on February 18 and February 20.
The February 18 forum will feature a live broadcast of the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health, which begins at 8:45 a.m. in the UAM Agriculture Building. On February 20, a listening session will be held by the USDA’s Risk Management Agency to gather input from interested stakeholders to share their concerns and feedback about limited irrigation and ideas to address the crop insurance consequences of the changing irrigation water situation in future years. The February 20 forum begins at 9 a.m., also in the UAM Agriculture Building.
The February 18 forum will discuss how to build soil health, improve yields, curb erosion, manage pests and building resilience in farming systems. The event will be hosted by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Cooperative Extension Service.
“This forum will provide an opportunity for farmers and ranchers to exchange information, discuss opportunities for collaboration, and learn about new and successful practices related to cover crops and soil health,” said Dr. Kelly Bryant, dean of the School of Agriculture and director of the Southeast Research and Extension Center.
The February 20 forum will gather information for the USDA’s Risk Management Agency to evaluate how federal crop insurance currently addresses producers intending to apply reduced irrigation. RMA is evaluating a limited irrigation guarantee for producers who apply less water than they have historically applied to their irrigated acreage.