Digging Deeper into Soil Health

Digging Deeper into Soil Health

This in-person event is hosted by the Catoctin and Frederick Soil Conservation Districts and the Frederick County Farm Bureau, with support from the Million Acre Challenge.

Who should attend:

Frederick and neighboring county producers are invited to attend Digging Deeper into Soil Health presented by Jim Hoorman of Hoorman Health Services.

Topics to be discussed:

Topics for this event include SLUGS, the nitty gritty of soil structure and composition, and WHY you may not be seeing improvements despite your best efforts. Also on tap are discussions of micronutrients and humates for plant health, the importance of soil ecology and nutrient cycling, state and federal program updates, and new opportunities.

About the presenter:

Jim Hoorman has been working in agriculture and farming since he was 13 years old. He holds 3 degrees from Ohio State University- a BS in Animal Science, a MS in Agricultural Economics and an MA in Business. Jim also possesses years of experience working for Ohio extension, specializing in multiple areas including agronomic plots, water quality, no-till, and cover crops. From 2016 to 2019 he was a USDA-NRCS National Soil Health Specialist for Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Maryland. In 2019 he started Hoorman Soil Health Services and currently operates a 40 acre farm in between Jenera and Ada, Ohio.

Certified Crop Advisor and MD Nutrient Management continuing education credits are available

RSVP by January 24th

  • Registration & Refreshments – 8:00-8:30am
  • Event – 8:30am-2:40pm; LUNCH PROVIDED

The goal of the Million Acre Challenge is to support farmers in building healthy soils on one million acres of Maryland agricultural land by 2030. By joining the Challenge, you show your commitment to putting your boots on the pathway to a profitable, resilient future for your farm with healthy soils as the foundation.

Dates: Tuesday, February 7, 8:00 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. ET

Location: Null Building (Building No. 9) at the Great Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701

Cost: FREE – Lunch included & registration required