Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Goodbye, Sarah!

After five fun and action-packed years, Sarah is off to greener pastures! She has recently begun a position as the Research Specialist in Organic Cropping Systems in our sister-lab, run by PI Chris Reberg-Horton. What a perfect fit for her! Below are pictures from Sarah's going away party in the Soil Science department. We will miss you, Sarah!

Sarah received lots of love from the lab!

A table highlighted some of the funnies from our experiences over the years

A 'thumbprint tree' was made in her honor

Lots of blue thumbs! (and pinkies for those of the group who thought their thumb was too fat)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

National conference on cover crops and soil health

Greetings from Omaha!  I am here at the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health with 299 other invitees to celebrate the contributions of cover crops towards enhancing soil health. And what an amazing bunch of folks it is!

Intended not only to highlight the latest information on cover crops and soil health practices, but also for participants to discuss the role of industry leaders, government agencies, farm organizations, scientists, and educators in advancing soil health and the use of cover crops, this event has been inspiring, to say the least. Both plenary and breakout sessions have focused on progress and prospects for further conservation advancements and the benefits for farmers and farm industries that are engaged with these practices. I can't express how exciting it is to have discussions with growers, funders, researchers and industry reps about what we love best - cover crops. The passion for furthering understanding of legume cover crops for nitrogen, carbon and overall soil health contributions is evident in every session. Smart folks.

A heartfelt thanks to the Howard Buffet Foundation and to SARE for having the vision to bring everyone together in one place!