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: A New Year in Soil Health

    The year 2019 is full of promise for the exciting frontier of soil health. This marks the first time the Soil Health Partnership will have three years of consistent data from working farms to interpret and share insights. You’ll hear what we’ve learned from the new Executive Director, who has made processing the data her top priority, along with SHP’s new Lead Scientist. Plus, just how does soil health intersect with agriculture’s end user – the consumer? And do they really care what happens on the farm? 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 a top partner, The Nature Conservancy, on why collaboration between AG and environmental groups is more vital than ever in 2019.

     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

    If you have livestock that help make your business a success, maybe they deserve a cocktail…or a shot of rye? This session will help you learn how to incorporate cover crops into your beef, dairy, goat, and sheep operations to improve soil health, while also diversifying grazing and feed options for your livestock. Lots of tips will be over-herd!

    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
    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
    Coffee Talk: Discussing Soil Health Around the Table

    Pretend you’re at the kitchen table with farmers and agronomists for a free-flowing discussion on cover crops, nutrient management, weed management, and tillage practices. We’ve got everything but the kitchen sink!

    Moderator: Jacob Ness, SHP & John Stewart, 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  -  10:30 AM
    General Session: Welcome to 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 hear from our leaders about the future of the Soil Health Partnership, including news on the SHP Associate Program and more. And 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! 

     Optional 
    10:45 AM  -  11:30 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 
    10:45 AM  -  11:30 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 
    10:45 AM  -  11:30 AM
    Joining the Team: How to Sign up Your Field in the Soil Health Partnership!

    Learn how the new Associate & Associate Lite tiers of the Soil Health Partnership program are allowing more farmers than ever to join the network, share best practices, and how adaptive management practices work on their farm. What can farmers can expect from the program? Find out more in this session. 

     

    Moderator: Jack Cornell, SHP, Anne Dietz, SHP & Lisa Kubik, SHP

     Optional 
    10:45 AM  -  11:30 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 
    10:45 AM  -  11:30 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, Missouri Corn Growers Association

     Optional 
    10:45 AM  -  11:00 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
    Coffee Talk: Discussing Soil Health Around the Table

    Pretend you’re at the kitchen table with farmers and agronomists for a free-flowing discussion on cover crops, nutrient management, weed management, and tillage practices. We’ve got everything but the kitchen sink!

    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
    Joining the Team: How to Sign up Your Field in the Soil Health Partnership!

    Learn how the new Associate & Associate Lite tiers of the Soil Health Partnership program are allowing more farmers than ever to join the network, share best practices, and how adaptive management practices work on their farm. What can farmers can expect from the program? Find out more in this session. 

     

    Moderator: Jack Cornell, SHP, Anne Dietz, SHP & Lisa Kubik, 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, Missouri Corn Growers Association

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