Soil Health Innovations Conference Agenda

Updated 1/28/2020

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- Dr. 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- Dr. Mike Morris, NCAT

10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15- 11:15 The Cutting Edge of Microbiology in Relation to Soil
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
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 Dr. Mike Morris, NCAT;
Rex Dufour, NCAT;Dr. Axel Schmidt, Water Smart Agriculture
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:15 Scaling up Soil Health: Growing Healthy Soil on a Large
Rick Clark, Indiana farmer
4:15- 5:15 Building Soil Carbon Through Regenerative Grazing:
Panel Discussion
Cooper Hibbard, Sieben Live stock Company;

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

Dr. 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 and Lee Jeans;

Shauna Sadowski,  General Mills;
Dr. Randy Brown, Land O’Lakes;

3:00- 3:15 Break
3:15-4:30 Innovations in the Marketplace: Soil Carbon and
Ecosystem Services Markets
Lill Erickson, Western Sustainability Exchange;

Christophe Jospe, Nori;

Laura Wood Peterson, Indigo Ag;

Bruce Knight, Ecosystem Services Market Consortium

4:30-5:15 The Evolution of Regenerative Science Dr. Cindy Daley, Center for Regenerative Agriculture &
Resilient Systems

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