Southeast Farm Press is proud to be the Technical Sponsor and Official Publication of the 25th Annual Southern Conservation-Tillage Conference for Sustainable Agriculture, to be held in Auburn, Ala., June 24-26.

This year's theme, “Making Conservation-Tillage Conventional: Building a Future on 25 Years of Research,” recognizes the quarter century of work by USDA-ARS and university scientists, Extension specialists, USDA-NRCS conservationists, crop consultants and farmers to develop farming methods that promote farm productivity and conserve and improve the vital soil and water resources for future generations.

This year's program begins on Monday, June 24, with a reception for conference participants. Oral and poster presentations are scheduled for Tuesday, June 25. All activities on Tuesday will be held at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center.

“We will have one plenary session in the morning and concurrent sessions in the afternoon,” says Kirk Iverson, USDA-ARS researcher and coordinator of the conference. “The main poster session will be after lunch, with a last-chance session in the evening, with refreshments and a cash bar before dinner. Lunch and dinner will be provided with all paid registrations, and refreshments will be available during the day.

On Wednesday, June 26, conference participants will be provided round-trip transportation to the Conservation-Tillage Field Day, to be held at Auburn University's E.V. Smith Research Center, near Shorter, Ala., about 25 miles west of Auburn. The field day will include practical field and equipment demonstrations and talks related to conservation-tillage systems. Lunch will be provided. The talks and demonstrations will conclude at noon, followed by lunch and transportation back to Auburn.

The following is the conference program:

Monday, June 24

4 to 6 p.m. — Registration and refreshments (cash bar) for all conference participants.

5:30 to 7 p.m. — Business meeting for state representatives of SERA-IEG 20.

Tuesday, June 25

Breakfast on your own

8 a.m. to 12 noon — Plenary Session (Auditorium)

12 noon to 1:30 p.m. — Lunch (provided with paid registration/Ballroom A)

1:30 to 3:30 p.m. — Poster Session (Meeting Rooms A, B, E, F, G and Hallway)

3:30 to 4:45 p.m. — Concurrent Sessions I and II (Auditorium and Ballroom B)

Concurrent Session I — History and Economics of Conservation-Tillage

Concurrent Session II — Development of Conservation-Tillage for Vegetables, Peanuts and Soybeans

4:45 to 5 p.m. — Break

5 to 6 p.m. — Concurrent Session III and IV (Auditorium and Ballroom B)

Concurrent Session III — Sod-Based Rotations

Concurrent Session IV — Nutrient Management/Waste Utilization and Soil Carbon

6 to 7 p.m. — Poster Session (continued) with refreshments and cash bar

7 p.m. — Dinner with award presentations and entertainment by Will Rogers (Randall Reeder)(provided with paid registration/Ballroom A)

Wednesday, June 26

Breakfast on your own

6 to 7 a.m. — Early Bird Walk to the Old Rotation. Join Charles Mitchell in the hotel lobby for a pleasant walk across campus, through the Davis Arboretum, to the Old Rotation experiment, the world's oldest continuous cotton experiment (circa 1896). These plots were in conventional-tillage for 101 years before being converted to conservation-tillage in 1997. Return in time for breakfast. Total walking, about 1.5 miles.

7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. — 2002 Southern Conservation-Tillage Field Day (round-trip transportation and lunch will be provided to conference participants),

You can register for the Southern Conservation-Tillage Conference for Sustainable Agriculture online at http://www.ag.auburn.edu/nsdl/sctcsa/registration.html or call 334-844-4741, extension 179.