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Dudley Smith Farm Field Day highlights regenerative ag practices

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URBANA, Ill. – Transformative changes have helped agriculturalists feed a growing human population more efficiently and effectively than prior generations while advancing stewardship and sustainability of the land, water, and air needed for life.

The world’s population is estimated to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, and by 2030, global water needs will exceed water supplies, according to the United Nations. Weather events, societal pressures, and environmental balances all challenge the way today’s farmers work.

The Dudley Smith Farm Field Day will highlight four key areas of research and application for beginning at 9:30 a.m. June 30 at the research farm near Pana. Register at by June 24. A free lunch is provided.

Topics include grazing and soil health in cover crops, new technology in agriculture, crop residues and legumes in organic beef cattle grazing, and regenerative grazing expansion in Illinois.

Ed Ballard, farm coordinator, will open the field day. Additional presenters include Andrew Margenot, assistant crop sciences professor; Taylor Berkshire Akers, crop sciences graduate student; Dennis Bowman, University of Illinois Extension digital agriculture specialist; Mallory Krieger, Terra Elossa LLC Pasture Project; Bernie Hand, Fillmore farmer.

If an accommodation is needed in order to participate, contact the Christian County Extension Office at (217) 287-7246 or Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet access needs.

ABOUT EXTENSION: Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities.

WRITER: Judy Mae Bingman, Marketing and Communications Manager, Illinois Extension
SOURCE: Ed Ballard, Farm Manager, Dudley Smith Farm