2nd Annual Soil Health ConferenceFor the second year in a row, Wrangler co-hosted the conference with the FFA, and the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Cold rain didn't keep the students and families away. Seventy-five attendees from all over North Carolina joined us at the Gateway University Research Park and North Carolina A&T’s research farm in Greensboro.
The morning kicked off with a soil health primer from David Lamm of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Attendees then learned about cover crops from world-renowned specialist, Steve Groff, followed by a discussion of possible careers in soil health with Rachel Vann of NC State University. Before breaking for lunch, Wrangler's Director of Sustainability, Roian Atwood introduced our healthy soils science paper, and David Lamm returned to present the Rainfall Simulator.
In the afternoon, everyone headed to NC A&T's research farm to see soil health practices up close. Students split into small groups to spend time with Daniel Cooper, the crop coordinator at NC A&T, who exhibited the machinery needed for soil health management practices; Charles Raczkowski, a former NC A&T professor, who came out of retirement to talk about soil science; Matthew Todd, a research technician at NC A&T, who shared his research around the emerging North Carolina hemp industry; and Steve Groff, who used NC A&T's cover crop field to show soil health practices at work.
We'd like to thank all attendees for braving the rain and joining us! If you're a student interested in joining us at a future event, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.