SENECA FALLS — Keynote speakers for the 2019 Empire Farm Days Soil Health Center’s daily programs have been announced.

The program includes expert speakers, farmer panels, a daily luncheon and cover crop field demonstrations.

The keynote speakers will be:

Harold van Es, professor of soil science at Cornell University in Ithaca. His presentation will include results from a recent analysis of soil health in New York state.

Jim Hershey, president of the Pennsylvania No-Till Alliance and owner of Hershey Farms in Lancaster County, Pa. He will discuss how long-term, no-till and cover crop usage have improved soil health, weed and pest suppression and crop yields.

Ryan Maher, Cornell Small Farms Program Research and Extension specialist. He will talk about integrating winter-hardy cover crops, reduced tillage and the right tools to reduce inputs and improve vegetable production.

Empire Farm Days will be Aug. 6-8 at the Rodman Lott & Sons Farms, Route 414 south, Seneca Falls.

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