Jan 16, 2024
Washington soil health events cover diverse topics

Washington State University will co-host a series of events across the state in February to advance soil health practices and knowledge. SoilCon, now in its fourth year, is a free resource for agricultural professionals to learn science-based soil health information.

People interested in attending one of this year’s in-person events are encouraged to watch an online presentation, 8 a.m. to noon Pacific Feb. 6 on the different types of soil health projects taking place worldwide.SoilCon 2024Register for in-person and virtual events online.

The event is presented by the Washington Soil Health Initiative and sponsored by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Washington State Conservation Commission. Funding from Western Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education allows the event to be free of charge.

SoilCon participants will engage with regional soil health experts, including researchers and farmers, online or in person.

The in-person events will offer regionally-specific soil health insights from experts and allow attendees a chance to connect with a community dedicated to improving soil health.

Over the past three years, the event has brought together 84 experts from across the country to share their expertise on a range of topics, including long-term research, soil biology and Native American perspectives on soil health.

The four-hour SoilCon 2024 events are:

  • Global Perspectives — Feb. 6, online only. Explore global soil health projects and network with experts at this online event.
  • Diversified Organic — Feb. 8, WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center, Puyallup, Washington, and online. Learn about holistic farm management specific to organic systems.
  • Irrigated Perennials — Feb. 13, WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center, Prosser, Washington, and online. Navigate the complexities of managing soil health in vineyards and hop yards.
  • Northwest Washington Annuals — Feb. 15, WSU Northwestern Washington and Research Center, Mount Vernon, Washington, and online. Discover strategies to improve soil health in potato-based rotations in the unique maritime climate.
  • Dryland — Feb. 20, Lincoln County Fairgrounds, Davenport, Washington, and online. Dive into soil health management in the inland Pacific Northwest.

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