Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters and Healthy Foods Symposium

March 6 & 7, 2018

Ada, Ohio

This symposium is part of the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference. Producers and Crop Consultants will share their expertise and experiences with support from research, industry, outreach, and policy participants. To receive updates on this symposium, please subscribe to our mailing list.

Building Soil Health

Reducing erosion, improving soil carbon, biological and physical characteristics.

Speakers may address:

  • Common issues with no-till, cover crops and other sustainable practices
  • Tailoring practices in geographic and social context to optimize the use of inputs
  • Microbial life and the role of mycorrhizae in the soil
  • Determining and monetizing the value of healthy soil
  • Plant uptake of nutrients

Measuring Healthy Soil Characteristics – Rafiq Islam, The Ohio State University (with Alan Sundermeier, The Ohio State University)

Economics of Erosion – Dr. Rick Cruse, Iowa State University

Tom Buman, Agren

Regenerative Agriculture

“Ditch the Plow (minimize soil disturbance), Cover Up (grow cover crops), and Grow Diversity (devise complex rotations that work together as a system)”

Keynote by David Montgomery (University of Washington)

How continuous no-till and cover crops improve soil resilience

Panel Discussion on Regenerative Agriculture and Federal Policy

Earthworm Panel – are they good or bad for soil and water quality?

Precision Nutrient Management

Applying fertilizers in a manner to reduce excess nutrient runoff to waterways.

Speakers may address:

  • Higher yields
  • Water quality
  • Application techniques
  • 4R’s of nutrient management
  • Economics with using precision agriculture tools
Improving Infiltration and Water Holding Capacity

Panel Guided Discussion on Water including soil health, improving infiltration, reducing runoff, and the economic benefits of reducing water consumption.

Healthy Foods

 Sustainable agriculture and its impact on nutrient content and quality of crops.

Topics may include:

  • What is the true value of increasing crop nutrients?
  • What are food production companies looking for?