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    The Blackford County Soil and Water Conservation District (BCSWCD)is co-sponsoring a gypsum field day that local officials say should be of interest to any farmers or operators that live in the Salamonie Watershed.

    The Gypsum/Soil Health Meeting will be held June 27 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Montpelier Civic Center, 339 S. Main St., in Montpelier.

    Speakers will include James Camberato, Purdue University Professor of Agronomy and Extension Specialist; Stephanie McLain, a state soil health specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Tony Bailey, a state conservationist agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

    The meeting will focus on gypsum and how to use this product, pros and cons, and it relates to the overall health of our soil and water. Cost share programs for gypsum and cover crops will be highlighted.

    According to Karen Kitterman, district manager for BCSWCD, representatives from the Unites States Department of Agriculture and The State Department of Agriculture will be in attendance and will answer questions.  

    The program is a four-county meeting sponsored by the Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) of Blackford, Jay, Adams and Wells counties.  There is grant money opportunities available for many conservation projects

    To RSVP, call Tim Kroeker at (260) 76-1104 or