Soil Health Innovations Conference Agenda

Updated 1/15/2020

March 30th

Time

Title

Speaker

8:30 – 8:45

Introduction, Welcome

Steve Thompson, NCAT Executive Director

8:45 – 10:00

Regional Perspectives on Applying Principles of Soil Health: Challenges and successes from around the U.S.

Intro – Bianca Moebius-Clune, NRCS;

Northeast – Lee Rinehart, NCAT;

Southeast – Nina Prater, NCAT;

Midwest – Rick Clark, Indiana farmer;

West – Rex Dufour, NCAT;

Rocky Mountains – Dave Scott, NCAT;

Southwest – Mike Morris, NCAT

10:00-10:15

Break

 

10:15-11:15

The Cutting Edge of Microbiology in Relation to Soil
Health

Dr. Fred Provenza, Utah State University

11:15-12:15

Soil Health, Human Health

Dr. Selena Ahmed, Montana State University

Dan Kittredge, Bionutrient Food Association

12:15- 1:15

Lunch

Keynote Speaker TBD

1:15- 2:00

How Agricultural Management Practices Affect Soil
Health

Dr. Clain Jones, Extension Soil Fertility
Specialist/Professor of Nutrient Management, Montana State University

2:00 – 3:00

Fixing The Water Cycle with Healthy Soils

Mike Morris, NCAT;

Rex Dufour, NCAT;

Axel Schmidt, Water Smart Agriculture

3:00-3:15

Break

 

3:15-4:15

Scaling up Soil Health: Growing Healthy Soil on a Large Scale

Rick Clark, Indiana farmer

4:15-5:15

Building Soil Carbon Through Regenerative Grazing: Panel Discussion

Cooper Hibbard, Sieben Ranch;

Dr. Jeff Mosley, Montana State Range Extension Specialist;

Dave Scott, Montana Highland Lamb and NCAT

March 31st

8:30-9:30

Advances in Biology-Based Soil Testing: How Farmers can Find their Way Forward

Dr. Buz Kloot, University of South Carolina

9:30-10:30

Soil Health Innovations in Public Policy

Arohi Sharma, NRDC;

Aria McLauchlan, Land Core;

Dr. Bianca Moebius-Clune, NRCS;

Kyle Searle, Anheuser-Busch

10:30-10:45

Break

 

10:45-12:00

Applying Remote Sensing and the Data Revolution to Improve Soil Health

Phillip Owens, USDA Agriculture Research Service

Dorn Cox, OpenTEAM

12:00-1:00

Lunch

 

1:00- 2:00

Soil Health Innovations for the Market Farmer

Dan Kittredge, Bionutrient Food Association

2:00-3:00

How Food & Fiber Companies Can Invest In Soil Health: Panel Discussion

Roian Atwood, Wrangler;

Shauna Sadowski, General Mills;

3:00- 3:15

Break

 

3:15-4:30

Innovations in the Marketplace: Soil Carbon and Ecosystem Service Markets

Lill Erickson, Western Sustainability Exchange;

Christophe Jospe, Nori;

Laura Wood Peterson, Indigo Ag;

Bruce Knight, Ecosystem Services Market Consortium

4:30-5:15

What Regenerative Agriculture Can Fix

Cindy Daley, Center for Regenerative Agriculture & Resilient Systems