Van Buren Conservation District farming conference March 13


The Van Buren Conservation District will be taking a whole farm approach at its annual Farming for the Future conference next month.

The event will be Wednesday, March 13 at the Van Buren Conference Center in Lawrence. Farmers from throughout southwest Michigan are invited to take part to learn about the latest techniques applied in their field.

The keynote speakers will be Dr. Alan Franzluebbers and Barry Fisher, who will highlight the importance of understanding soil and how to manage it for future generations. Conservation District specialist Colleen Forestieri says the group wants all farms in the area to be viable for generations to come.

Farming for the Future is an annual event for local farmers and is an opportunity to learn from specialists, educators, researchers, businesses, and other farmers.

Additional topics this year will include regenerative grazing, weed control in pastures and hayfields, forest management, and hunting leases.

This event is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required and space is limited. Farmers are asked to register by March 1 by calling the Van Buren Conservation District at 269-657-4030 x3093 or visiting