2024 Erie County Agricultural Field Day

by | Jun 28, 2024 | Agriculture, Education

Join us with the Green Family as we showcase soil health conservation changes on Willowbrook Farm. The Green’s have implemented no-till and strip till into their operation, installed several waterways, and cover nearly every acre with overwintering cover crops.  Kris Green has also built his own cover crop inter-seeder and crimper roller to ease cover crops into his operation.  

Our goal is to provide local farmers a relaxed opportunity to learn about agricultural conservation practices and the tools for making it happen on the farm. This year’s event will be held on two consecutive days to provide convenience to both full-time and part-time farmers.

Each event includes BBQ meal with registration!

Location: 14608 Burr Rd, Wakeman, Ohio (Florence Twp, Erie County)

Evening Program: Tuesday, July 30th, 5:30pm-7:30pm

This event will feature discussion on implementing conservation strategies with Hans Kok and the Green Family.  Demos will be led by audience interest and may include: cover crops, evaluating soil, rainfall simulator demonstration, and/or equipment demos.

Includes Hamburgers and Hotdogs served starting at 5:00pm

Field Day: Wednesday, July 31st, 9am-3pm

Join us for a full field day with guest speakers Hans Kok and Jim Hoorman.  This event includes a showcase of conservation changes on Willowbrook Farm, tips on evaluating soil, rainfall simulation of various farming practices, drone cover crop seeding demo, equipment demos, and more! 

Includes BBQ lunch cooked on-site!

Cost is FREE if you BEFORE July 19th!  
($10 after and day of the event)  Space is limited.

RSVP at: https://tinyurl.com/mu88uuec  
                Or call 419-626-5211

Guest Speakers:

Hans Kok, Ph.D, CCA
Dr. Kok received a Bachelors and Masters in Science from the Agricultural University in The Netherlands, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Idaho. From 2004 to 2010, he worked on a joint appointment between Washington State University and the University of Idaho, covering Extension programming for conservation tillage and bioenergy for both Idaho and Washington. Prior to this Extension role, he worked as conservation tillage specialist for Monsanto for 7 years. From 1990 to 1998 he worked for the Kansas State Cooperative Extension Service as the state specialist for soil and water conservation. A native of the Netherlands, he has worked on erosion protection projects in Spain and Israel, and worked for the USDA-Ag Research Service in Washington State.

Jim Hoorman, M.S.,
Jim Hoorman has a B.S in Agriculture and M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Ohio State University.  After school he became an Ohio State University Extension Educator for 24 years specializing in soil health, cover crops, water quality, nutrient management, soil ecology, sustainability, and economics. Jim has taught over 10,000 farmers a year as an Extension Educator and about 5,000-6,000 per year as a USDA-NRCS Soil Health Specialist. Jim is started his own private business in 2019, Hoorman Soil Health Services, specializing in teaching soil health concepts, consulting with farmers on soil health practices, selling cover crop seed and biological enhancers, writing and conducting grants, and conducting soil health research. Jim traveled to both China and Australia to be a featured speaker on no-till, cover crops, and soil health in 2014.