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Soil Health in Focus for 2nd Regional Colorado STAR Event

ROCKY FORD, CO. – Soil health will once again be the focus for the 2nd regional event in a series put on by Acres U.S.A. and the Colorado Department of Agriculture. A part of the Colorado STAR program, these events are designed to bring healthy soil practices to the forefront and offer useful, practical education to farmers and growers. 

This event – Approaches to Soil Health and Water – will take place on Friday, Feb. 24, 2023, in Rocky Ford, Colorado. It is free to attend, and will include sessions by soil health practitioners, program updates, and a panel discussion with local farmers and ranchers implementing new practices to support soil health. Hosted locally by the West Otero Timpas Conservation District. Register here.

Speaker list and information for 2nd CO STAR regional event in 2023


Join us at 8 a.m. at the Agricultural Experiment Station at Rocky Ford, CO. 

The agenda will include:

  • Welcome – Acres U.S.A., Cindy Lair (Program Manager, CO Conservation Board) and Jack Goble (Lower Ark CD)
  • Overview of the Drought Situation – Kevin Rein (State Engineer, Colorado Dept. of Water Resources) 
  • New Scientific Perspectives and Practice Insights – Meagan Schipanski (Assoc. Professor, Soil and Crop Sciences, Colorado State University) and Erik Wardle (Program Manager, Soil and Crop Sciences, Colorado State University)
  • The Nexus Between Soil Health and Water Quality/Quantity – moderated by Kenan Diker (Specialist, CDPHE)
  • Practitioner Panel – with local producers Phillip Chavez, Dereck White Heckman, Joe Hilger, Riley May, and Eric Tucker
  • Roundtable Discussions
  • … and more!

Register today to attend this free event. Registration ahead of time is required to secure your spot and lunch choices. 

Learn more and register here.

More Soil Health Resources

  • See photos from and learn about the first Colorado STAR event – which took place August 2022 in Monte Vista, Colorado, here
  • Learn more about the Colorado STAR program at the state website here.
  • View the first of several soil health educational primers from Acres U.S.A. here.
  • Stay up to date on the latest education in regenerative agriculture by signing up for the Acres U.S.A. email newsletter list here.