This year’s conference theme, “Expanding Horizons: Where Conservation Meets Innovation,” evokes images of the expansive views of the region and the deep and varied soil horizons that make Iowa’s farmland some of the most productive in the world. This year’s theme also speaks to the broadening of individual perceptions and experiences as attendees discover new concepts, partners, and advancements in soil and water research.

The conference will feature the latest ideas, technologies, and practices and foster a dialogue around their adoption. Through virtual workshops, sessions, symposia, exhibits, and galleries, cutting-edge research and practice developments in soil health, water quality, and resource management will be shared. Scientists and practitioners will present their work at the field, farm, and watershed scale across an array of private and public arenas. Researchers and conservationists will team up with farmers to share lessons learned and the environmental outcomes of on-farm trials, monitoring, and state-of-the-art precision agricultural tools. Applications of social theories and examples of successful outreach and education will enable attendees to identify ways to scale up grassroots efforts. Participants will also hear about policy and economic developments that build a framework to increase conservation adoption and support future generations.

The Soil and Water Conservation Society’s 75th International Annual Conference will assemble a diverse, multigenerational conservation community of researchers, practitioners, industry leaders, farmers, and students from around the world. Join us virtually as we recognize lessons from the past, expand our professional and personal horizons, and shape the future of conservation.

For complete conference details, visit Registration will close July 15, 2020. In order to prepare speakers and attendees for the best event possible, no registrations will be accepted after the July 15 deadline.


  • When

  • Monday, July 27, 2020 - Wednesday, July 29, 2020
    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Central Time

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