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August 14, 2018: Rethinking the Nutrient Management Paradigm for Soil Health (Webinar)

August 14, 2018
2:00 PM

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Participants will learn about using a holistic approach by adopting a diversity of practices and concepts to achieve optimal nutrient management strategies. 

The current dominant nutrient management paradigm, which depends mainly on synthetic fertilizers that cause many resource concerns (such as soil erosion) related to loss of capacity of soil to supply nutrients, water quality degradation, and nutrient pollution.Concentration on conversion to a more sustainable nutrient management strategy, which is based on soil being a living, breathing ecosystem is key to improved cropping systems and decreased inputs. A sustainable soil ecosystem can be achieved by using multiple nutrient resources (including cover crops, organic amendments, crop rotation, etc.). As part of a soil health management system, contribution of the nutrient reservoirs that are accessed through microbial and plant mediated processes, as well as allowing for more tailored nutrient inputs. The application of soil health principles, with diverse nutrient sources for nutrient management, will be presented.

The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition is a state-wide and coalition-based Extension program, housed in Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education. Funding was sponsored by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Award #2017-70011-26861, and the Southern Risk Management Education Center Grant #545015. For more information about the program or funding, contact Kim Niewolny, Program Director and Extension Specialist, at or 540-231-5784.

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