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Last call to register for the Cover Crop Academy

By Liz Stahl, Extension educator - Crops, Phyllis Bongard, Educational Content Development & Communications Specialist, and Anna Cates, Extension Specialist in Soil Health

Registration will soon be closing for the University of Minnesota Cover Crop Academy. Reserve your spot by June 10 to take part in this new, innovative, hybrid course designed for those who work with farmers using or interested in cover crops.

We will take a deep dive into cover crops tailored to Minnesota cropping systems and conditions. Challenges and opportunities associated with using cover crops in Minnesota will be addressed and attendees will be able to participate in research trials members develop to help address some of the unknowns around cover crops.

The Academy will kick off in-person at the Research and Outreach Centers in Waseca (June 18), Crookston (June 20), and Lamberton (June 27) – select the site nearest you. Bi-monthly online webinar sessions (~ 2 hours in length each) that dive deeper into cover crop topics will follow. The Academy will wrap up in May 2025 with a final in-person session where attendees will be able to see results from trials they helped develop.

Topics will include developing a cover crop plan, weed management, cover crop termination, soil fertility considerations, avoiding cash crop issues, and getting started with cover crops.

Academy attendees should leave with an expanded knowledge base and toolkit to help in cover crop implementation along with a peer network of cover crop advisors. CCA CEUs will be applied for, primarily in the soil and water, nutrient management, and pest management categories.

There is only a nominal fee to participate in the UMN Extension Cover Crop Academy, thanks to our generous program sponsors, the Minnesota Natural Resources Conservation Service and General Mills. For more details and to register by June 10, go to Note, attendees are expected to participate in the entire program, and certificates of completion will be awarded at the final session.
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