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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!


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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
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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.    

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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."

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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. 

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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.