Nov. 29-30, 2016

University of Missouri Campus, Memorial Union

Going Green with Conservation-Based Farming:
Market-Based Approaches to Promote Soil Health and Water Quality

The 2016 Green Lands Blue Waters conference brings a market-based focus to complement innovative, science-based approaches to conservation of soil and water quality. Landowners react positively when their “bottom-line” is enhanced. Proven, market-based options, including cover crops and perennial-based practices (i.e., agroforestry, perennial grains, biomass, forages, and winter annuals) support the deployment of “continuous living cover,” and speak directly to the bottom line. Farmer-to-farmer strategies are required to scale up conservation for large scale impacts on soil and water quality.

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  • Keynote Speakers

    Opening Keynote

    Why We Should Invest in Soil Health and Conservation in the U.S.

    Bill Buckner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
    The Noble Foundation conducts direct operations, including assisting farmers and ranchers, and conducting plant science research and agricultural programs, to enhance agricultural productivity regionally, nationally and internationally.

    Closing Keynote

    Public-Private Partnerships to Improve Water Quality in Iowa and the Mississippi River Basin

    Sean McMahon, Executive Director, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance 
    Increasing the pace and scale of farmer-led efforts to improve water quality.

    Conference Agenda

    Tuesday, November 29

    (all events hosted in Stotler Lounge unless otherwise noted)
    8 a.m. Registration and light breakfast

    9 – 9:15 Welcome: Rob Kallenbach, Assistant Dean for Extension; College of Agricultural, Food and Natural Resources Sciences, University of Missouri 

    9:15 – 10 Opening Keynote: Why We Should Invest in Soil Health and Conservation in the U.S.Bill Buckner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

    10 – 10:30 Networking break

    10:30 – Noon Market-Based Tools for Production and Conservation
    Moderator: Dean Current, Research Associate & Director, Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management (CINRAM), University of Minnesota

    Calculating the Financial Costs & Benefits of Conservation Cropping
    Rebecca Wasserman-Olin, Economics Researcher, Chippewa 10% Project/ Land Stewardship Project
    Fruit and Nut Compass Decision Support Tool
    John Hendrickson, UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
    NRCS Dedicated EQIP Funding Pool for Agroforestry and Specialty Woody Crops
    Lauren Cartwright, Missouri NRCS Agricultural Economist

    Noon – 1 Lunch (Stotler Lounge)

    1 – 3 p.m. Continuous Living Cover Breakout Sessions
    Join a two-hour working session, each focused on a CLC cropping strategy, where you will learn about current research and programs; share your experiences; and discuss opportunities and future initiatives. This year, sessions include topics that cross-over to other Continuous Living Cover strategies: e.g. silvopasture will be discussed in the agroforestry and perennial forage sessions; and forage is a topic in the perennial grains and biomass sessions. For working group session details and topics each presenter will cover, see the full agenda (PDF).

    Agroforestry: Greg Judy, Green Pastures Farm; Mark Kennedy,
    former NRCS State Grazing Lands Specialist; Shibu Jose, HE Garrett Endowed Professor of Agroforestry, and Director, University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry
    Perennial Biomass: Steve John, Agricultural Watershed Institute; Connor Woods, Roeslein Alternative Energy; Tom Schwartz, FDC Enterprises; Chris Eder, National Wild Turkey Federation; Gwen White, Science Coordinator Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    Cover Crops: Sarah Carlson, Practical Farmers of Iowa, Jerry Kaiser, NRCS Plant Materials Center (serving Missouri, Iowa and Illinois), Lauren Cartwright, Missouri NRCS, Jim Plassmeyer, Missouri Department of Natural Resources
    Perennial Forage and Pastures: Max Alleger, Missouri Department of Conservation; Dusty Schaaf, Missouri Farmer-Collaborator; Diomy Zamora, Extension Professor, University of Minnesota; Tyler Carlson, Minnesota Farmer-Collaborator; Diane Mayerfeld, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, UW-Madison; Jim Chamberlin, Happy Dancing Turtle; Dusty Walter, University of Missouri
    Perennial Grains: Lee DeHaan, The Land Institute; Charlie Frahm, University of Minnesota Agronomy Department; Aaron Reser, Green Lands Blue Waters; Woody Woodruff, Illinois Stewardship Alliance and Kernza® grower

    3 – 3:30 Networking break

    3:30 – 4:10 Reports from the CLC Sessions
    Moderator: Rebecca Wasserman-Olin, Economics Researcher, Chippewa 10% Project/ Land Stewardship Project

    4:10 – 5:30 Markets for CLC Crops

    Elderberry: Options for production, income generation and market opportunities. Andy Thomas, Research Assistant Professor, Plant Science MU Southwest Research Center
    Camelina and Pennycress: Keep it green: cleaning up with cash cover crops.Frank Forcella, Research Agronomist, USDA ARS
    Kernza™: Aaron Reser, Watershed Initiative Coordinator, GLBW

    5:30 - 6:15 Reception (Stotler Lounge, cash bar)

    6:15 – 7 Dinner (Stotler Lounge, included with registration)
    Join your peers for dinner and lively table discussions spurred by the day’s conference presentations.

    Wednesday, November 30

    7:30 – 8 a.m. Light breakfast / networking (Mississippi Room)

    8 – 8:30 Green Lands Blue Waters Updates
    Richard Warner, Director, Green Lands Blue Waters

    8:30 – 10:30 A Strategic Watershed Tour: 
    Participants will rotate through two rooms (Stotler A &B), each session will be held twice in a row, half of attendees will start in A, half in B. Each session focuses on using a watershed approach to scale-up the impacts of Continuous Living Cover farming from field-scale change to landscape-level change through collaborations across regional watersheds. 

    Increasing Continuous Living Cover at a Watershed Level: Grazing Case Studies
    Lowery Creek Watershed, WI
    Richard Cates, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, UW Madison
    Upper Little Sac Watershed, MO
    Diana Sheridan, Missouri NRCS District Conservationist
    Mike Kromrey, Executive Director, Watershed Committee of the Ozarks

    A Watershed Approach to Bring Diverse Stakeholders and Funders Together 
    Our Missouri Waters, MDNR
    Mary Culler, Northeast Region Watershed Coordinator
    St. Croix River Association
    Monica Zachay, Water Resource Steward

    10:30 – 11 Networking break

    11 - 11:20 Stacking Conservation Practices in Order to Maximize Ecosystem and Economic Benefits 
    Rob Myers, Regional Director- Extension Programs, North Central SARE

    11:20 – Noon Closing Keynote: Public-Private Partnerships to Improve Water Quality in Iowa and the Mississippi River Basin Sean McMahon, Executive Director, Iowa Agricultural Water Alliance

    Noon – 1 p.m. Lunch (Stotler Lounge)
    Boxed lunches available for attendees to enjoy onsite, or take on the road.

    1:15-3:15 Optional Post-Conference Biomass Field Trip.
    Please register separately.
    Herbaceous perennial biomass: species trials, polyculture trials and ecosystem services.
    Bradford Research Center, Columbia, MO
    See directions, presenters and full field trip details (PDF).

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