The SFA Midwest Soil Health Summit features soil health experts and farm leaders for two days of education and farmer networking – all geared at improving the health of your soil.
The 2017 Midwest Soil Health Summit will be Feb. 15-16, 2017, at Bigwood Event Center in Fergus Falls. More information and registration coming soon.
2016 Summit: Dr. Allen Williams, Jay Fuhrer, and a New Expert Education
Like most any successful conference in its third year, the 2016 Midwest Soil Health Summit, held Feb. 17-18 in Alexandria, Minn., was like a clean pair of jeans – fresh, yet comfortable.
Comfortable in that attendees knew the high level of education and expert discussion they’d receive; knew they’d feel at home among SFA’s farmer network; and knew they’d be able to network one-on-one with the speakers, exhibitors, and each other.
With returning soil health icons like Dr. Allen Williams, Jay Fuhrer and Kent Solberg, who have appeared at past Soil Health Summits, it was easy to be confident that you’d come away from the 2016 event with plenty of innovative, energizing information – all hinging on the Five Principles of Soil Health:
- Keep the soil covered.
- Minimize soil disturbance
- Increase crop diversity
- Keep living roots in the soil
- Integrate livestock.
Fresh, though, was a new event, “Building Soil Health Experts: Advanced Training for Professionals,” that provided expert soil health education for over 80 NRCS and SWCD soil specialists, Extension staff, crop consultants, agronomists, grazing and livestock specialists, and advisers who work directly with farmers and other ag advisers.
Also fresh were new speakers Grant Breitkreutz and Todd McPeak – both experienced, large-scale producers – as well as Dr. Shannon Osbourne and Dr. Scott Wells.
Dr. Michael Lehman, a research microbiologist, also returned to present his data on testing mycorrhizal responsiveness in crops including corn and soybeans.
All this has expanded the Midwest Soil Health Summit to two full days of education and networking, still featuring events like the Wednesday night cocktail reception and casual expert Q&A with John Mesko; discussion tables where attendees can network with presenters; a free and open-to-the-public course on Soil Science Basics (detailed here in the Alexandria Echo Press), a film screening; and more.
Future Midwest Soil Health Summit plans will be announced here and in SFA Connect as soon as they are available. For questions or sponsorship requests, contact Jerry Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-844-9-CALL-SFA, Ext. 2.
2016 MSHS Resources
To see the 2016 MSHS schedule, click here.
To download the 2016 MSHS program, click here.
See the “Building Soil Health Experts – Advanced Training for Professionals” schedule here.
See the 2016 MSHS exhibitors here.
To download Dr. Rick Haney’s presentation slides, click here: USDA-ARS Temple Texas 2012
To download Dr. Allen Williams’ “Soil Health Experts” presentation slides, click here: Integrating Cover Crops & Livestock into Cropping Systems
2016 Bronze Sponsors
Past Midwest Soil Health Summit recaps
Shifting the focus of agriculture from maximum yields to maximum soil health quality is critical to the sustainability of agriculture in Minnesota, the Upper Midwest, the United States and globally. SFA is committed to continued soil health programming, including programs addressing the integration of cover crops, row crops and livestock grazing. We will continue the pursuit of funding and programs that foster the development of soil health building practices for the long term.