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.

Rafiq Islam with Alan Sundermeier, The Ohio State University

“Measuring Soil Characteristics”

Dave Brandt, Ohio producer

“Building soil health and organic matter with cover crops and no-till”

General Session – David Montgomery, University of Washington and Author of “Growing a Revolution

Rick Cruse, Professor, Iowa State University

“Economics of Erosion”

Regenerative Agriculture

“Ditch the Plow, Cover Up, and Grow Diversity”

Keynote by David Montgomery (University of Washington) with support by Dave Brandt

“The soil health revolution and how innovative farming practices can bring soil back to life while maintaining or improving crop yields.”

“Regenerative Agriculture and Federal Policy”

“Understanding soil biology and building a healthy soil ecosystem”

Healthy Foods

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

Britt Burton-Freeman, Director of the Center for Nutrition Research, Illinois Institute of Technology

“Healthy Foods”

Marco Ugarte, Sustainability Manager, MillerCoors

“Purchasing sustainable barley and the sustainable supply chain”

Precision Nutrient Management

John Fulton, Associate Professor, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, The Ohio State University

“Using precision agriculture and machinery to enhance production and reduce environmental risks”

Indiana Producer and Guy Swanson, No-till Expert and Engineer, Exactrix Global Systems

“Agricultural systems management and using a direct-injection applicator”

Jessica D’Ambrosio, Western Lake Erie Basin Agriculture Project Directory, The Nature Conservancy

“Promoting better techniques to reduce nutrient runoff and algal blooms”

Tom Buman, Agren

“Precision agricultural tools”

Chad Penn, Soil Scientist, National Soil Erosion Research, USDA-ARS

“Addressing soil test recommendations”

Healthy Water

Macropores – are they good or bad for soil and water quality? Are earthworms harmful or beneficial? Panelists will discuss the solutions for these (e.g. controlled drainage, timing and application methods of fertilizer).

Commentary by Kevin King (USDA-ARS), Pete Kleinman (ARS), Doug Smith (ARS), and Mark Williams (ARS)

Jim Hoorman, Soil Health Specialist, USDA-NRCS

“Improve soil structure, reduce compaction, and reduce nutrient runoff”

Jay Martin, Professor, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, The Ohio State University

“Best management practices to reduce nutrient loading in Ohio”