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Benefits of no-till farming to be highlighted at conferences

HARRISONBURG—Farmers will learn about the latest in no-till farming during annual winter conferences sponsored by the Virginia No-Till Alliance, Virginia Cooperative Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The conferences will be held Feb. 4 at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds and Feb. 5 at the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex in Pittsylvania County. Dave Brandt, a no-till farmer of more than 1,200 acres in Ohio, will share strategies that have helped him successfully reduce input costs.

“No-till crop production can minimize the potential for soil erosion while increasing water infiltration and improving soil health,” said Tony Banks, a Virginia Farm Bureau Federation commodity marketing specialist. “No-till has been used in Virginia for nearly 50 years, but its management techniques and equipment continue to evolve.”

Each conference will feature local, regional and national vendors with products and services related to crop production using conservation tillage.

To view an agenda or register, visit For more information about the Rockingham conference, call Matthew Yancey at 540-564-3080; for information about the Pittsylvania conference, call Sean Duff at 540-483-5161.

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