Farm Field Day Prairie Strips and Soil Health

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Hosted by the Kellogg Biological Station Long-Term Ecological Research Program (KBS LTER)

1:00 Welcome and Introductions, snacks and refreshments served
Fahimeh Baziari, KBS LTER, MSU

1:10 Field Tour of the Edward Lowe Foundation Prairie Strips with Jarod Reibel, Edward Lowe Foundation

1:30 Prairie Strip Economics: with Marc Hasenick, Hasenick Brothers Farm

1:50 Conservation Reserve Program; Enrollment with Lucas Hartman, Van Buren Conservation District

2:00 Field Tour Break, mingling, cross street to soil pit

2:15 Soil pit: Introduction to soil profile and carbon storage with Dr. Kathryn Docherty, Western Michigan University, Department of Biological Sciences
2:30 Soil pit: Prairie strips effect on soil nematode communities with Tvisha Martin, Michigan State University, Integrative Biology

2:40 Soil pit: Prairie strip effect on microbial communities and pesticide remediation with Corinn Rutkoski, Michigan State University, Integrative Biology

2:55 Wrap up and ways to get involved with Fahimeh Baziari, KBS LTER

3:00 End/snacks and conversation

Please stay after the event for an optional wagon tour of the Edward Lowe Foundation Prairie Strips. Plan for the day with weather appropriate clothing, walking shoes, bug spray, and sunscreen. Refreshments provided.