Cover crops like the cereal rye shown here are grown to help protect soils after the main crop, such as corn or soybeans, has been harvested. Image courtesy of Eileen Kladivko

The Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC), a collaboration among researchers, extension staff, farmers, agencies and industry to facilitate widespread adoption of cover crops across the Midwest, will host its 2024 Annual Meeting and Conference at the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis-Airport on Feb. 13-14. Registration online includes special early-bird rates through Friday (Dec. 15).

“This annual meeting and conference has been in place for the MCCC since 2006, and it is important for bringing producers, students, scientists and industry partners together to discuss current cover crop topics and their significance to sustainable agriculture,” said Anna Morrow, the MCCC’s senior program manager. “Not only does it provide chances for learning and networking, but it also provides access to resources to help interested people get started.”

The MCCC Annual Meeting, which will be Feb. 13, is open to the public and will feature state and province reports summarizing cover crop research and activities across the Midwest. The first day concludes with a reception that includes a graduate student poster competition.

A keynote presentation by Robert Myers, director of the University of Missouri Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Sustainable Agriculture Research and education regional director of Extension Programs, kicks off activities on Feb. 14. There also will be a farmer panel and a general session moderated by Barry Fisher, Indiana farmer and retired USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services soil health specialist. Breakout sessions will focus on cover crop use in field crops, grazing and specialty crops.

To attend both days, the cost per person is $75 through Friday (Dec. 15) and $100 after. To attend only on Feb. 14, the early-bird rate is $60 per ticket and $85 after. Students can attend the conference at no cost. Cash prizes will be provided to graduate student poster competition winners. The MCCC is still accepting exhibitors and sponsors for the conference.

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