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(Posted Tue. Dec 18th, 2018)
The clock is ticking for registering for the Soil Health Summit, January 15-16 in St. Louis. For the first time ever, this Soil Health Partnership event is open to any farmer, agronomist or educator. But don’t wait another day! You must book your room by 2:00 p.m. Central on Dec. 21 for block pricing.
“Our farmers are facing unprecedented headwinds creating tremendous challenges for many,” said Shefali Mehta, Soil Health Partnership executive director. “People have asked me why farmers should think about sustainability in a climate when they are not sure if they can keep their farms afloat to next year. Sustainability means weathering these shocks and ensuring your farm and your land are healthy and viable moving forward.”
Mehta added that this marks the first year for a fully analyzable set of year-over-year data.
“We will be sharing these initial insights and our data and analysis plan at our Summit,” she said.
Peer-to-peer learning opportunities complement the Summit’s enriching sessions, helping attendees learn new things to improve their soil and their bottom line. In the opening general session, Connecting the Dots: How Soil Health Adds Value from Farm to Table, you’ll hear how soil health represents one of the single best opportunities to benefit the entire agricultural supply chain. Speakers include McDonald's North American Sustainability Manager Kendra Levine, and Cargill Sustainability Director- Row Crops Ryan Sirolli.
The National Corn Grower Association’s own Nathan Fields will lead the breakout session, From the Hill to the Home, giving you an update on policy changes in the Farm Bill, and other key regulatory decisions that could impact you and your farm.
Other sessions include the following:
- Healthier Soils, Cleaner Water
- Landowners and Soil Health: How to Have a Productive Relationship
- Game of Drones: Putting Aerial Imagery to Work for You
- Using the Soil Health Toolbox to Manage In-Field Variability
Visit the Summit Website to register and book a hotel room.
An NCGA initiative, the SHP is an innovative long-term research effort that aims to show U.S. farmers how sustainability through soil health can also lead to increased profitability. There are 140 farms enrolled in the program in 14 states.