New Jersey

No-Till & Cover Crop
Winter Conference

Thursday December 13 2018

Washington, NJ

A full day of informative panels and demonstrations for those interested in, advocating for, and implementing no-till and cover crops!



The first annual New Jersey Cover Crop and No-till Conference will be held December 13 2018 at Hawk Pointe Golf Course in Washington, NJ.
We’re excited to bring you this unique, one-of-a-kind learning experience assembling the some of the best no-tilling and cover cropping farmers in the northeast as well as agronomists, and researchers together in one location to share cutting-edge ideas and strategies to improve the profitability and efficiency of your no-till and cover crop operation.
The conference will help farmers use cover crops more successfully on their farms. From veteran farmers to those who have never used no-till and cover crops, there will be something for everyone.
Hawk Pointe Golf Club
 4 Clubhouse Drive, Washington, NJ 07882
December 13 2018
8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
$35.00 per person
New Jersey Licensed
Applicators/Operators Re-certification   
Generated by our generous sponsors







No-Till and 
Cover Crops
Experienced farmers and agronomists with years of experience in learning and implementing no-till and cover crops over thousands of acres 


Networking with Hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar (Optional)

  • Maximizing Yields and Profits Using No-Till and Cover Crops
  • Digging into Soil Health
  • No-Till to Planting Green: The Journey That’s Got Me Here
  • Cover Crop Application Methods: Succeeding with Aerially Seeded Cover Crops, Interseeder, High Crop Spreader and more!
  • Managing Spring Cover Crop: Secrets to a Successful Termination
  • Selecting the right cover crop species  for your farm system
  • Identifying Strategies for Fighting Slugs, weeds and pests
  • Cover crops and no-till in organic vegetable and field production systems
  • Ask the Experts: Q/A Sessions with Leaders in No-till and Cover Crop


Jim Hershey 
Elizabethtown Pa.

Jim, along with his wife Shirl and son Marc & Crystal own and operate their 500 acre crop and livestock farm in Elizabethtown, Lancaster County Pa.

     Hershey’s operation includes Organic Certified Broiler Chickens, Swine wein  to finish facility , Crop Management Service & Harvest View Barn Wedding venue.

     The crops include corn, wheat, soybeans all of which are managed in a No-Till /Cover Crop environment. Mr. Hershey has been planting into green living cover for more than 5 yrs. And has seen a significant improvement in the soils ability to handle drought and excessive wet conditions.

    Hershey has also been doing cover crop interseeding for 4 years and is now marketing interseeders commericially.

   Jim is also President of the Pa No-Till Alliance and has been speaking to many farmers and agri-business folks across Pa. and surrounding states promoting No-Till, Cover Crops & Soil Health.    

Lucas Criswell

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Lucas Criswell and his father farm 1500 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat, rye, canola in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. 


They have been no-tilling for 30 years and use cover crops on 100% acres. Lucas is constantly experimenting with new techniques to improve his soil and his yield.  He has experimented with rye, Austrian Winter peas, Vetch, crimson clover, buckwheat, sunflowers, oats, sorghum. For the last 15 years, they have planted cash crops into a green cover and have rolled cover crops on their corn acres for the last 4 years.


Lucas is a long-time member of the Pennsylvania No-till Alliance and travels around the country advising farmers.  Lucas will discuss "Notill to Planting Green The Journey that’s got me here."

Christian Bench

Christian Bench uses  no-till to build soil quality on his 350 aces farm in central New Jersey.  His 180 sheep and beef herd also graze cover crops each spring.  He also has over 10 years of experience working with NRCS and FSA assisting farmers in the region. 

Eric Rosenbaum

Eric Rosenbaum is a Certified Crop Adviser and owner of Rosetree Consulting LLC, an agricultural and environmental consulting firm providing agronomic and regulatory services in PA & NJ.   Eric also holds professional certifications for 4R Nutrient Stewardship, agricultural sustainability, integrated pest management, nutrient management planning, conservation planning and odor management planning.

Dr. Gladis Zinati

Dr. Gladis Zinati is the Associate Research Scientist & Director of Vegetable Systems Trial at Rodale Insitute.
Dr. Gladis Zinati conducts basic and applied research in compost formulations, carbon sequestration, soil fertility and pest management to improve organic crop production and quality.  She formerly worked as an Extension Specialist in Nursery Crops for Rutgers University in NJ.

Jon Stutzman

Jon Stutzman is a certified crop advisor and the owner of Stutzman Crop Care Inc.  Stutzman Crop Care Inc. has been serving clients throughout Eastern PA and  New Jersey for the past 18 years.  Stutzman Crop Care Inc. provides integrated crop management services that include crop scouting, pest management, soil testing, fertility recommendations and nutrient management.  Jon has a BS degree in Agricultural Science from Penn State University and has been working as an independent agronomist for the past 29 years. Jon also owns and operates his family’s crop farm in Kutztown, PA.

Dr. John Tooker

Dr. John Tooker, an associate professor of insect ecology and extension specialist at The Pennsylvania State University, will share his expertise on slug and other pest management in no-till and cover cropping systems



Many thanks to our sponsors! 

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Nutrien Ag Solutions is a leading agricultural retailer of crop inputs and solutions, we're here to help you grow. Whether you're looking for top-of-the-line nutrients or an integrated vegetation management program, our national network of retailers and agronomists is ready to offer you expert solutions to grow your crops, your bottom-line results and your operations.

Growmark FS, LLC is a full-service retailer of plant food, crop protection, seed, lime and custom application services.

Preferred Seed provides forage and cover crop seed to the agricultural industry. Learn more at

Kluthe Environmental Solutions (KES) is dedicated to supporting agriculture and natural resources.  We offer many services including cover crop species selection for optimal benefit, comprehensive nutrient management planning, SADC Farmland Preservation conservation plans, and agricultural business analysis.  Learn more at

Serving Eastern & Central Pennsylvania as well as most areas of New Jersey, Rosetree Consulting is happy to support any agricultural, regulatory or environmental need you may have on your operation.

Liquid nutritional products for ALL crops…fruit, vegetables, row crops and pastures…plus free-choice minerals for all grazing livestock/equine and remedies for dairy animals. Our products were formulated on the belief that the health of our planet, its inhabitants and food depends on healthy soil.  Contact to learn more. 

Turkey Creek Farm's goal is to serve and support farms of any type and size in the Mid-Atlantic region. Your individual farm is our focus. Using quality products from our line of trust-worthy vendors, we strive to provide you with the products and services that you need. We carry a full line of seed from fully-traited to certified organic. We also sell liquid fertilizer, sprayers and storage tanks, and agricultural plastics, net-wraps, twines, and sisals.

VanderGroef Family Farms was founded by Jeff Van der Groef Sr., in 1986. It all started out as 7 cows, and now has grown to 100 head milking with another 100 plus replacements. The milking herd now has a Rolling Herd Average of 25,000 lbs.  VanderGroef Farms can meet your crop needs by spreading lime and fertilizer. They are also a seed dealer for King’s Agri-seed.

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per person



  • Six (6) CORE units toward re-certification for New Jersey licensed applicators/operators (pending approval)​​

  • Continental Breakfast Buffet

  • Hot Buffet Lunch Lunch​

Register now to secure your spot at the New Jersey No-Till and Cover Crop Winter Conference. ​​





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