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ARECA plans 2015 International Year of Soils events

Jan. 9, 2015 - The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils (IYS). Nora Paulovich, manager of the North Peace Applied Research Association (NPARA) announced several upcoming field workshops and speaker events to celebrate and acknowledge IYS, culminating in a Western Canada conference on soil health.

"Planning is in full swing for the 2015 Western Canada Conference on Soil Health to be held in Edmonton December 8, 9 and 10," Paulovich says. At least two international speakers already plan to present at the conference. Gabe Brown, grain and livestock producer from Bismarck, N.D., and Peter Donovan of the Soil Carbon Coalition, will share their experience in improving soil health. Donovan will also be touring the province as ARECA's guest this summer, conducting workshops on measuring soil carbon and ways to improve physical, biological and chemical attributes.

Dr. Christine Jones will also return to Alberta in July for a continuation of her very successful visit to Alberta last fall.

Schedules and agendas will be widely published soon.

The North Peace Applied Research Association is a non-profit, producer driven organization that conducts applied agricultural research and extension in the North Peace.

The Agricultural Research and Extension Council of Alberta (ARECA) is a provincial association of non-profit producer groups dedicated to enhancing the sustainability and profitability of agriculture in Alberta.

The IYS 2015 aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions.