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.