As the pursuit of improved soil health as an on-farm business and environmental strategy continues to grow, the Soil Health Partnership is taking a new step to foster that interest. For the first time, the organization has opened to the public the annual Soil Health Summit, January 15 – 16 in St. Louis, and especially encourages growers and agronomists to attend.
Attendees will benefit from peer-to-peer networking, collaboration, and education on the latest in soil health strategies, including new data and insights from SHP.
The SHP’s long-term data collection effort measures the on-farm economic and environmental impact of practices known to improve soil health and sustainability. Those practices include reducing tillage, growing cover crops and practicing advanced nutrient management. Shefali Mehta, SHP executive director, noted the field team plans to have a more robust data set for 2018.
“This is the first year where we have a statistically significant number of farms, more than 80, with year-over-year data to compare,” Mehta said. “This Summit will mark the first time we can truly share insights on how the fields are changing over time. We are eager to share this with our partners and attendees.”
Registration is open from the Soil Health Summit website. The registration fee for the two-day event is just $100 for farmers and educators. The cost for other attendees is $250. This registration fee includes the event meals, all sessions, and a reception. A few select exhibitors will also have educational booths.
In its 5th year, the 2019 event will take place at the Hyatt Regency—St. Louis at the Arch. Plenty of time for peer-networking will accompany high-energy sessions and enhanced breakouts on the latest soil health strategies. General sessions will feature top environmental groups and food companies on why this effort is key to their businesses and sustainability strategies. The following are examples of the diverse breakout sessions:
- Game of Drones: Putting Aerial Imagery to Work for You
- Cereal Killer: Herbicide Considerations for Cover Crop Control
- The Down & Dirty on Soil Testing
- From the Hill to the Home: Understanding New Federal Policy and Regulation
- Are you #SocialMediaSmart? Using Social Media to Take Your Business up a Notch
In addition to all the rich content at the summit, SHP is excited to host it in vibrant downtown St. Louis. The Gateway Arch National Park has recently undergone a 5-year extensive renovation and rehabilitation project, with a fascinating indoor museum.
An initiative of the National Corn Growers Association, the Soil Health Partnership works closely with diverse organizations including commodity groups, industry, foundations, federal agencies, universities and well-known environmental groups toward common goals.
NCGA is taking a series of actions to do our part to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic fallout it is creating for corn farmers and our customers. Short term, this means instituting policies to protect the health and safety of our stakeholders and the broader communities we serve. Long term, we’re focused on creating solutions to help corn farmers and our customers recover from the financial impacts of this crisis.
CommonGround is a group of farmers connecting with consumers through conversations about science and research and personal stories about food and misinformation surrounding farming. Supported by the NCGA and state corn organizations.
The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health. Administered by NCGA the partnership has more than 220 working farms enrolled in 16 states. SHP’s mission is to utilize science and data to partner with farmers who are adopting conservation agricultural practices that improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the farm.