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JAY FUHRER is a Soil Health Specialist employed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, in Bismarck, ND. Growing up on a small grain and livestock farm, Jay’s interests have always centered on agriculture. Jay emphasizes Soil Health as a foundation for cropping systems, grazing systems, cover crops, soil biology, pollinators, insects, wildlife, and quality of life. In addition, Jay uses cover crops and livestock integration to connect the cropping and grazing systems together, raising the soil health bar even higher.
RODNEY RULON was raised on the family farm near Arcadia, Indiana. He completed his Agricultural Systems Management B.S. degree from Purdue University in 1993, and went on to earn his M.S. degree in Agricultural Systems Management in 1996.
Rodney returned to the family farm and joined Ken and Roy as full partners in Rulon Enterprises in 1997. He has been responsible for leading the farms development of a production system focused on Maximum Economic Yield. This approach includes the cost to society of erosion and nutrient leaching. He manages the farm’s drainage system design, soil sampling and fertility, and conservation programs. He continues to develop the farms cover crop program to improve soil health.
Rodney currently serves as President of the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. He is also a Trustee of the Arcadia Church of the Brethren.
The farm received the No-Till Farmer Magazine’s, National No-Till Innovator Award in 2011 based upon Rodney’s efforts focused on improving soil health and the economics of conservation production practices.
Dr. SHALAMAR ARMSTRONG, Dr Armstrong is an Assistant Professor of Soil Conservation and Management in the Department of Agronomy at Purdue University. He holds a B.S. degree in Plant and Soil Science from Southern University, a M.S. in Soil Fertility from Alabama A&M University, and a Ph.D. in Agronomy from Purdue University. The overarching objective of his research program is to determine the agronomic, environmental, and economic benefits of cover crop inclusion within conventional and alternative nitrogen management systems on multiple scales: plot, field, and watershed. The impact of Dr. Armstrong's research program has been recognized by several awards and numerous invited presentations to share his research findings with farmers, agricultural commodity groups, extension agents, and state/government soil conservation agents. Dr. Armstrong gains the greatest satisfaction as a professor when transferring knowledge to others from his research findings, and during the process of developing and training graduate students to be future soil scientists.
EDDIE HOFF, is a third-generation farmer and a certified seed producer from Boonville, Missouri. After years of fine-tuning a no-till program started by his father in the 1970s, he has a no-till system that has improved yields and soil quality on nearly 1,200 acres of wide-ranging soils and cropping programs.
Eddie is out to prove that Wheat has yet to reach its full potential in Missouri. Eddie will explain how he has used intensive wheat management to boost yields and improve the soil on his farm.