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Farming program to address idle acres, cover crops after flooding

For Immediate Release August 10, 2015

Farming program to address idle acres, cover crops after flooding

Excessive rainfall, prolonged ponding, and flooded conditions of 2015 have resulted in many fields remaining unplanted and many acres of severely damaged or failed crops this season. These acres should be managed in ways to prevent soil degradation and to increase soil productivity for next year. The Farm Service Agency, Natural Resource Conservation Service and Purdue Extension have designed a program to assist producers and landowners with questions regarding soil regeneration strategies, cover crops and herbicide persistence.

This program will be offered on Friday, August 21, 2015 from 8:30-10:00 am in the Meeting Room of the Washington County Government Building (806 Martinsburg Rd., Salem). Registration prior to August 21st is appreciated, but not required. For more information or if you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this program, contact Purdue Extension – Washington County at 812-883-4601 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Tomatoes: Planting to Preservation

For Immediate Release March 25, 2015

Tomatoes: Planting to Preservation

A two-part program titled "Planting to Preservation" is being hosted by Purdue Extension - Washington County. The 2015 program focus will be on Tomatoes. On Tuesday, April 14, Richard Beckort, Ag. & Natural Resources Extension Educator in Jackson County, will present a program on tomato selection, planting, care, possible problems and harvesting. The April 14 program does not have a limit on the number of attendees and will be from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Meeting Room on the lower level of the Wash. Co. Gov. Building (806 Martinsburg Rd., Salem). The Saturday, July 11 program will be from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm and will include both classroom and hands-on preservation of tomatoes activities. The program location is to be determined. Class size is limited for the July 11 program is $15 per person. Contact Purdue Extension – Washington County at 812-883-4601 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to register for these programs.

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Good Ag. Practices Program for Fruit & Vegetable Growers

For Immediate Release March 25, 2015

Good Ag. Practices Program for Fruit & Vegetable Growers

Good Agriculture Practices from A to Z, will be offered on Wednesday, April 8th, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in Meeting Room on the lower level of the Washington County Government Building (806 Martinsburg Rd., Salem).  This program features sessions on assessing food safety risk, writing a food safety plan, worker health & hygiene, soil amendments, water sources & quality, and post-harvest safety.  The target audience for this program are current and prospective fruit and vegetable producers, market gardeners and managers of community gardens that distribute produce to the public. The goal is to present current science-based information on how to reduce risk of contamination during production of fruits and vegetables, as well as provide practical knowledge on planning and documenting food safety practices from planting through marketing. The cost is $15 per person.  Lunch is included. The deadline to registration is Monday, April 6. Contact Purdue Extension – Washington County at 812-883-4601 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to receive a registration form.

 

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SEPAC Field Day

For Immediate Release     June 21, 2014

The annual Southeast Purdue Ag. Center Field Day is scheduled for Tuesday, July 1 from 3:00-8:00 pm.  Featured speakers will be Purdue Extension Specialists and topics will include: Soybean Update, Starter Fertilizer & Population Research by Shaun Casteel; Corn Yield Response to Seeding Rates & Nitrogen Fertilizer Rates by Bob Nielsen; Soil Health – What is it & how do we improve it? by Eileen Kladivko; Regulatory Topic by Fred Whitford.  Private Applicator, Commercial Applicator and Certified Crop Advisor Credits are also available.  Private applicator credits will require $10.00.  Everyone should bring a copy of their applicator license.  Credits will only be given for attending the entire program.  RSVP’s are appreciated by June 25 to 812-352-3033.  SEPAC is located at 4425 E. County Road 350 N, Butlerville, IN 47223.  If you require auxillary aids and services due to a disability or special food needs, please call the phone number listed above by June 25. 

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