Soil Carbon Challenge tour coming soon

Competition aims to see how fast land managers can turn atmospheric carbon into soil

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Peter Donovan’s Soil Carbon Challenge tour is coming to Alberta. The former rancher from Oregon will be touring in his school bus and visiting six locations to conduct soil carbon workshops. Donovan establishes baseline measurements for soil carbon in dedicated plots in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico for the challenge described as “a competition to see how fast land managers can turn atmospheric carbon into soil organic matter.”

“Peter Donovan will conduct workshops on soil carbon and will set baselines for quantifying how land managers can transform atmospheric carbon into water-holding, fertility-enhancing soil organic matter to improve soil health,” said Yamily Zavala, crop and soil researcher for Chinook Applied Research Association in Oyen.

“Participants will learn how to measure soil attributes and document the changes under their own management strategies.”

CARA and five other organizations belonging to the Agricultural Research and Extension Council of Alberta are hosting the workshops. For more information contact the hosting group:

  •  Fairview (June 15): Peace Country Beef and Forage Association;
  •  Manning (June 17): North Peace Applied Research Association;
  •  Fort Vermilion (June 20): Mackenzie Applied Research Association;
  •  Westlock (June 25): Gateway Research Organization;
  •  Bonnyville (June 27): Lakeland Applied Research Association;
  •  Oyen (June 30): Chinook Applied Research Association.

For more information about Donovan, see www.soilcarboncoalition.org.

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