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.

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Building Soil Health

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

Barry Fisher, NRCS

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.”

Bill Richards, former Chief, NRCS

“Regenerative Agriculture and Federal Policy”

Ken Curtis, Illinois Producer

“Managing Profitability with Sustainable and Responsible Practices”

Healthy Foods

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

Larry Clemens, The Nature Conservancy

“The Midwest Row Crop Collaborative”

Marco Ugarte, Sustainability Manager, MillerCoors

“Purchasing sustainable barley and the sustainable supply chain”

Bill Knapke, Environmental Manager, Cooper Farms

“Reducing nutrient runoff with turkey production”

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”

Guy Swanson, No-till Expert and Engineer, Exactrix Global Systems and Bert Bock, TKI

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

Logan Haake, Legacy Farmers

“4Rs and sustainable farming practices”

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).

Frank Gibbs (NRCS), Eileen Kladivko (Purdue), 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”

Eileen Kladivko, Professor of Agronomy, Purdue University

“Impacts of tile drainage on crop yields and nitrate losses”