Conference will teach farmers how to conserve soil

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COLUMBIA - The Soil Health Expo will begin at the Bradford Research Center Monday and will aim to teach farmers how to conserve soil, one of their most valuable resources.

Researchers and specialists will teach farmers strategies to keep soil healthy.

According to the Bradford Research Center, Missouri farmers are losing soil at a faster rate than most of the country.

Missouri has the fifth highest amount of soil erosion among U.S. states.

Conservation efforts helped improve Missouri's standing since the 1980's, when Missouri was ranked second.

Farmers in Missouri currently lose an average of 5.3 tons of soil per acre to erosion. The Bradford Research Center said the optimal amount of soil loss to keep a sustainable environment is 1 to 2 tons per acre.

Presentations will be given about several ways to improve soil health and prevent soil loss.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday.