Gabe Brown to Speak on Cover Crops, No-till Jan. 29 in Columbus

Gabe Brown to Speak on Cover Crops, No-till Jan. 29 in Columbus January 12, 2016

Gabe Brown will speak on cover crops and no-till at a Nebraska Extension event in Columbus January 29. Brown, who is from Bismarck, ND, is one of the most sought after speakers for no-till, cover crops, livestock grazing, and soil health presentations in the United States. 

The day-long event will be at Ag Park and is free; however, attendees are asked to register by Jan. 27 by calling the Extension Office at 402-563-4901. 

The event begins with registration and coffee at 9 a.m., followed by a program from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Brown, who is featured in several YouTube videos, also has a farm website: http://brownsranch.us/.  The Browns strive to solve problems in a natural and sustainable way.  Improving soil health is a priority and no-till farming has been practiced since 1993.  A diverse cropping strategy, which includes cover and companion crops are used.  They have now eliminated the use of synthetic fertilizers, fungicides, and pesticides.

Groups providing support for Brown's presentation include Nebraska Extension, Platte County; Natural Resources/Conservation Service Office in Columbus; Lower Platte North NRD, Lower Loup NRD, Lower Elkhorn NRD, Prairieland RC&D, and the Shell Creek Watershed Improvement Group.  Several local banks and businesses are sponsoring the lunch. 

For more information or assistance, please contact Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension in Platte County at 402-563-4901 or e-mail avyhnalek2@unl.edu.