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Farming with Soil Life - Soil Health and IPM - Northeast Region
This online short course is intended for NRCS staff, Soil and Water Conservation staff, Extension Educators, farmers and other agricultural professionals in the northeastern region of the US.

This course will be presented by Stephanie Frischie, Agronomist & Native Plant Materials Specialist with the Xerces Society, and John Tooker, Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Entomology at The Pennsylvania State University.

Participants will learn about common soil invertebrates, their ecology and roles in soil health, scouting methods, and management strategies to increase beneficial soil animal populations.

No-till, cover crops, and diverse rotations help build soil health, but they can also build populations of arthropod predators that will control pests. Unfortunately, many farmers inadvertently handicap their farm fields by overusing pesticides, particularly insecticides. John will discuss the evidence and benefits of using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to help protect soil health while managing insect and slug populations by building predator populations.

Aug 24, 2022 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Stephanie Frischie
Agronomist & Native Plant Materials Specialist @The Xerces Society
Based in northwest Indiana, Stephanie provides pollinator habitat expertise to farms in Canada and the U.S. She also works with the native seed industry and researchers to plan and develop seed supply of important plant species for restoration of insect habitat. Before joining Xerces, Stephanie conducted research on the potential of native cover crops in Spanish olive orchards at Semillas Silvestres, S.L. through the Native Seed Science, Technology and Conservation (NASSTEC) grant. Previously, she was the plant materials and conservation programs manager for eleven years at the Nature Conservancy’s Kankakee Sands restoration project in northwest Indiana. Stephanie volunteers as a rare plant monitor with Plants of Concern and is the secretary of the International Network for Seed-based Restoration. Her master's of science is from Northwestern University/Chicago Botanic Garden’s Conservation Land Management Program and she holds a BS in international agronomy from Purdue University.
John Tooker
Professor and Extension Specialist @Department of Entomology at The Pennsylvania State University
John Tooker is a Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Entomology at The Pennsylvania State University. His research group studies relationships among plants, invertebrate herbivores, and natural enemies to understand factors that regulate populations of herbivorous insects and slugs. The long-term goal of his research is to exploit ecological interactions for sustainable insect pest management.