Soil Health Partnership - 2019 Soil Health Summit

Agenda

  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019
  •  
    12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM
    Opening Lunch
     Optional 
    1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
    General Session: Connecting the Dots: How Soil Health Adds Value from Farm to Table

    Soil health represents one of the single best opportunities to benefit the entire agricultural supply chain, from the farm to the table. More resilient farms, improved economics during trying times, reduced greenhouse gases and increased biodiversity, as well as sustainable products consumers can feel good about are just some of the reasons the commitment to soil health in the agricultural supply chain is stronger than ever. Our opening session connects the dots for soil health across the ag and food value chain. We’ll look at what farmers are doing, why they should share it and how they can prepare for the future. We’ll hear from top food companies on why this effort is key to their business and sustainability strategies, and how it can ultimately improve the outlook for everyone. We’ll also hear from top environmental partners on the impact this collaboration and effort can make. Also, this marks the first time the Soil Health Partnership has three years of consistent data from working farms to interpret and share insights. Find out what we’ve learned!

     Optional 
    3:30 PM  -  4:20 PM
    Cereal Killer: Herbicide Considerations for Cover Crop Control

    This session will discuss the current challenges of cover crop chemical control, and the effects of herbicide carryover on cover crops. Learn what chemical considerations to account for when spraying corn and soybeans, as well as how post applications and/or rescue treatments might affect cover crop establishment.

    Moderator: Abigail Peterson, SHP

     Optional 
    3:30 PM  -  4:20 PM
    From Commodities to Consumers

    The supply chains for virtually all food, beverage, and pet products start with the farmers who grow grains. Supply chains are complicated, but many product companies share a common goal (with their farmers): providing a quality product! Engage with companies who are looking to learn from farmers to better understand their supply chains.  


    Moderator: Elyssa McFarland, SHP


     Optional 
    3:30 PM  -  4:20 PM
    From the Hill to the Home: Understanding New Federal Policy and Regulation

    2018 has been an interesting year for agriculture: from trade policy to herbicide safety to consumer engagement through the Farm Bill. Join us for an update of what regulations changes have taken place, from federal policy to key state level decisions that may influence other geographies. We’ll explore how these changes affect you.

    Moderator: Nathan Fields, NCGA

     Optional 
    3:30 PM  -  4:20 PM
    Landowners and Soil Health: How to Have a Productive Relationship

    Whether you’re renting an apartment, a house or your farmland, doing the renovations you want takes buy-in from the landlord. This interactive discussion will provide some tips for having a soil health conversation with landowners…to meet grower goals while helping landowners maintain and improve their land asset.
     
    Moderator: Alex Fiock, SHP & Pipa Elias, The Nature Conservancy

     Optional 
    3:30 PM  -  4:20 PM
    Learning the Ropes of Cover Crop Grazing

    Have you heard about the potential soil health benefits of grazing livestock on cover crops and wondered if that might be a good option for you? This session will share some economic case studies of producers who have integrated cropping and livestock enterprises with cover crops. As well, it will provide you with some guidance on how to assess if this would be a profitable change for your operation.

    Moderator: Jim Isermann, SHP & Lisa Kubik, SHP

     Optional 
    3:30 PM  -  4:20 PM
    Using the Soil Health Toolbox to Manage In-Field Variability

    This session will focus on the strengths of building soil health to help improve your overall bottom line of every acre in every field.

    Moderator: Jacob Ness, SHP

     Optional 
    4:40 PM  -  5:30 PM
    Around the Kitchen Table: Talk with Farmers and Agronomists to get Your Questions Answered

    Have questions specific to your operation needs? Get your questions answered from farmers who have experienced the challenges themselves. Hear from farmers who have taken different approaches to incorporating cover crops on their farm. Take advantage of the farmer network within SHP that allows you to get ideas and share experiences that you have encountered in the Midwest. This session will allow you to network with farmers and agronomists who are making cover crops successful for their operation.

    Moderator: Jacob Ness, SHP & John Stewart, SHP

     Optional 
    4:40 PM  -  5:30 PM
    Cereal Killer: Herbicide Considerations for Cover Crop Control

    This session will discuss the current challenges of cover crop chemical control, and the effects of herbicide carryover on cover crops. Learn what chemical considerations to account for when spraying corn and soybeans, as well as how post applications and/or rescue treatments might affect cover crop establishment.

    Moderator: Abigail Peterson, SHP

     Optional 
    4:40 PM  -  5:30 PM
    Cow Patties and Cover Crops: The Art of Manure Management

    Cover crops can add value to any livestock operation…including retaining manure nutrients within the soil, and reducing compaction from application. Learn what cover crops work best and what to expect from this practice.

    Moderator: Jim Isermann, SHP & Lisa Kubik, SHP

     Optional 
    4:40 PM  -  5:30 PM
    From Commodities to Consumers

    The supply chains for virtually all food, beverage, and pet products start with the farmers who grow grains. Supply chains are complicated, but many product companies share a common goal (with their farmers): providing a quality product! Engage with companies who are looking to learn from farmers to better understand their supply chains.  


    Moderator: Elyssa McFarland, SHP


     Optional 
    4:40 PM  -  5:30 PM
    From the Hill to the Home: Understanding New Federal Policy and Regulation

    2018 has been an interesting year for agriculture: from trade policy to herbicide safety to consumer engagement through the Farm Bill. Join us for an update of what regulations changes have taken place, from federal policy to key state level decisions that may influence other geographies. We’ll explore how these changes affect you.

    Moderator: Nathan Fields, NCGA

     Optional 
    4:40 PM  -  5:30 PM
    Landowners and Soil Health: How to Have a Productive Relationship

    Whether you’re renting an apartment, a house or your farmland, doing the renovations you want takes buy-in from the landlord. This interactive discussion will provide some tips for having a soil health conversation with landowners…to meet grower goals while helping landowners maintain and improve their land asset.
     
    Moderator: Alex Fiock, SHP & Pipa Elias, The Nature Conservancy

     Optional 
    6:00 PM  -  9:00 PM
    Welcome Reception
     Optional 
  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019
  •  
    7:00 AM  -  8:00 AM
    Breakfast
     Optional 
    8:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
    General Session: Welcome to the Future

    On Day 1, we explored the ag and food value chain and why every step matters and cares for soil health. On Day 2, we will look towards the future. Time machines and jet packs may not fulfill our vision of the future anymore…but there’s still plenty of room for dreaming. In this session, we’ll hear the farmer perspective, representing different commodities, on major opportunities in the near-and-long-term future. We’ll engage in some “tech talk,” looking at the latest in ag technology as well as some ag tech on the horizon that may just knock your Back to the Future self-lacing Nike Air Mags off! And we’ll hear from our SHP team about the future of the Soil Health Partnership, including how we are bringing all of these future perspectives together. The future starts now, and you are in at the ground level!

     Optional 
    10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM
    Are you #SocialMediaSmart? Using Social Media to Take Your Business up a Notch

    Social media in agriculture is more than just tractor memes and harvest pics. It’s a powerful tool to help educate others, network, and grow your business. In this session, you’ll learn the latest trends in social media, see the results of the SHP #SoilSmart campaign, and discover how you can most effectively use this 21st Century tool to take your operation to the next level. Also, a great session for non-farmers, this session is suited for “socialites” of all levels.

     

    Moderator: Jenna Higgins-Rose, Charleston | Orwig

     Optional 
    10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM
    Game of Drones: Putting Aerial Imagery to Work for You

    Drone crop scouting, field monitoring, and implementation into other precision software are just a few applications for drones in your operation. In this session, you’ll learn what types of drones are currently at work in agriculture, and what separates a commercial drone pilot from a private one. We’ll provide tutorials for setup and flight of common drones and drone software. You’ll also gain valuable information on flying your fields and what to do with the imagery. We promise to drone on.

     

    Moderator: John Stewart, SHP & Ken Copenhaver, CropGrower

     Optional 
    10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM
    Growing the Team

    Learn how the Soil Health Partnership is growing their reach through the pilot of the Associate Program. The farmers that join will have access to a scientific platform to compare sustainable practices, utilize rigorous soil health testing currently not available in the industry, and become part of the larger Soil Health Partnership network. What can farmers can expect from the program? Find out more in this session. 

     

    Moderator: Lisa Kubik, SHP and Jack Cornell, SHP

     Optional 
    10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM
    The Down & Dirty on Soil Testing

    Soil pH. Carbon Exchange Capacity. Extractable Phosphorus. These are just a few of the parameters examined in soil health testing. What exactly are the key indicators in available soil health tests, and what do they mean for your land, and your business? We’ll walk through the key parameters in today’s available testing, and look at what’s on the horizon for future tests.

     

    Moderator: Tricia Verville, SHP

     

    Guest Speaker: Dr. Nick Ward, & Bob Schindelbeck

     Optional 
    10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM
    The Nexus: Healthier Soils and Cleaner Waters

    Learn from experts measuring water quality on farms to see how management strategies to improve soil health also improve water quality.

     

    Moderator: Darrick Steen, Director of Environmental Programs, Missouri Corn Growers Association & Missouri Soybean Association

     Optional 
    10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM
    Using the Soil Health Toolbox to Manage In-Field Variability

    This session will focus on the strengths of building soil health to help improve your overall bottom line of every acre in every field.

    Moderator: Jacob Ness, SHP

     Optional 
    11:45 AM  -  12:30 PM
    Are you #SocialMediaSmart? Using Social Media to Take Your Business up a Notch

    Social media in agriculture is more than just tractor memes and harvest pics. It’s a powerful tool to help educate others, network, and grow your business. In this session, you’ll learn the latest trends in social media, see the results of the SHP #SoilSmart campaign, and discover how you can most effectively use this 21st Century tool to take your operation to the next level. Also, a great session for non-farmers, this session is suited for “socialites” of all levels.

     

    Moderator: Jenna Higgins-Rose, Charleston | Orwig

     Optional 
    11:45 AM  -  12:30 PM
    Around the Kitchen Table: Talk with Farmers and Agronomists to get Your Questions Answered

    Have questions specific to your operation needs? Get your questions answered from farmers who have experienced the challenges themselves. Hear from farmers who have taken different approaches to incorporating cover crops on their farm. Take advantage of the farmer network within SHP that allows you to get ideas and share experiences that you have encountered in the Midwest. This session will allow you to network with farmers and agronomists who are making cover crops successful for their operation.

    Moderator: Jim Isermann, SHP & Abigail Peterson, SHP

     Optional 
    11:45 AM  -  12:30 PM
    Game of Drones: Putting Aerial Imagery to Work for You

    Drone crop scouting, field monitoring, and implementation into other precision software are just a few applications for drones in your operation. In this session, you’ll learn what types of drones are currently at work in agriculture, and what separates a commercial drone pilot from a private one. We’ll provide tutorials for setup and flight of common drones and drone software. You’ll also gain valuable information on flying your fields and what to do with the imagery. We promise to drone on.

     

    Moderator: John Stewart, SHP & Ken Copenhaver, CropGrower

     Optional 
    11:45 AM  -  12:30 PM
    Growing the Team

    Learn how the Soil Health Partnership is growing their reach through the pilot of the Associate Program. The farmers that join will have access to a scientific platform to compare sustainable practices, utilize rigorous soil health testing currently not available in the industry, and become part of the larger Soil Health Partnership network. What can farmers can expect from the program? Find out more in this session.  

     

    Moderator: Lisa Kubik, SHP and Jack Cornell, SHP

     Optional 
    11:45 AM  -  12:30 PM
    The Down & Dirty on Soil Testing

    Soil pH. Carbon Exchange Capacity. Extractable Phosphorus. These are just a few of the parameters examined in soil health testing. What exactly are the key indicators in available soil health tests, and what do they mean for your land, and your business? We’ll walk through the key parameters in today’s available testing, and look at what’s on the horizon for future tests.

     

    Moderator: Tricia Verville, SHP

     

    Guest Speaker: Dr. Nick Ward, & Bob Schindelbeck

     Optional 
    11:45 AM  -  12:30 PM
    The Nexus: Healthier Soils and Cleaner Waters

    Learn from experts measuring water quality on farms to see how management strategies to improve soil health also improve water quality.

     

    Moderator: Darrick Steen, Director of Environmental Programs, Missouri Corn Growers Association and Missouri Soybean Association

     Optional 
    12:45 PM  -  1:45 PM
    Closing Lunch
     Optional 
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