The SFA Midwest Soil Health Summit is approaching on Feb. 17-18 at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria, and this year there are more educational and networking opportunities than ever.
As registration heats up, I’d like to clearly explain the various programming to ensure you have the precise information you need to plan your schedule.
First, the main Midwest Soil Health Summit is $150 for members and $200 for nonmembers, and the first sessions begin at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 with “Intro to Soil Biology” with Michael Lehman, followed by “Principles for Building Soil Health” with Kent Solberg at 4. Afterward, a social hour with hearty snacks, cash bar, exhibitors and networking will ensue, culminating in an interview of Jay Fuhrer and Allen Williams by SFA Executive Director John Mesko. You must register for the main MSHS to attend these sessions. Of course, all of the Feb. 18 sessions – Jay, Allen, Grant Breitkreutz, Todd McPeak, etc. – are included with MSHS registration. Click here to register.
Second, the special “Building Soil Health Experts” track will be held from 10:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 17 and is a separately ticketed event targeted solely to agriculture service professionals. You may register for both this and the MSHS, but those who only register for the “Experts” track may not attend the social hour or any of the Feb. 18 programming. CEU credits have been APPROVED for “Building Soil Health Experts” – contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Click here to register.
Third, there are two completely free events that anyone is welcome to attend regardless of ticket purchase. At 1 p.m. Feb. 17, John Mesko will present “Soil Science Basics,” a very entry-level course that is intended for non-farmers, lay people and landowners. Then, at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 17, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy joins us for a special International Roundtable to discuss the launch of a new international initiative around soil carbon coming from the global climate agreement in Paris.
Registration for all begins at 9 a.m. Feb. 17 at Arrowwood. To reserve a room, call the resort at 1.866.386.5263 and be sure to request the MSHS rate of $105.
The Midwest Soil Health Summit has become a real point of pride within SFA. We often hear that “it’s the best conference I’ve ever been to,” and it’s attracted a diverse new crowd to our brand of agriculture. I hope to see you Feb. 17 in Alexandria!