The 2015 Green Lands Blue Waters Conference

 

Conference Agenda

 

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Tuesday, November 3

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Mississippi Room:

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8:00 - 9:00 blank white space Registration and light breakfast
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9:00 - 9:15 blank white space Welcome:
Greg Cuomo, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs; College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota
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9:15 - 10:00 blank white space Keynote address:
Changing Rural and Urban Perspectives on Midwestern Agricultural Landscapes
Joan Iverson Nassauer, Professor of Landscape Architecture, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan
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10:00 - 10:30 blank white space Networking break (posters in room 303)
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10:30-12:00 blank white space Land, Water, Climate and Continuous Living Cover Farming Systems:
  • Subfield profitability analysis reveals an economic case for cropland diversification
    Emily Heaton, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University
    [on behalf of study authors: E Brandes, G S McNunn, L A Schulte, I J Bonner, D J Muth, B A Babcock, B Sharma and E A Heaton]

  • Climate Change and Continuous Living Cover Farming
    John Baker, USDA Agricultural Research Service, and University of Minnesota
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12:00 - 1:00 blank white space Lunch (Mississippi Room)
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1:00 - 2:30 blank white space Midwest regional groups focused on CLC cropping strategies will host a session where participants can learn about current research and programs, and discuss future initiatives.
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2:30 - 3:00 blank white space Networking break (posters in room 303)
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Theater:

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3:00 - 3:40 blank white space Reports from the CLC Sessions
Moderator: Matt Leibman, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University
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3:40 - 4:30 blank white space The Forever Green Initiative
Professor Don Wyse, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota
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4:30 - 5:00 blank white space From Farm to Table- How CLC crops are leading to new products and markets
Moderator: Jan Joannides, Executive Director, Renewing the Countryside
  • Grass-fed meat and dairy
    Warren King, Co-manager, The Pasture Project
  • Kernza™
    Jacob Jungers, Researcher, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota
  • Elderberry
    Michael Gold, Associate Director, Center for Agroforestry, University of Missouri
  • Midwestern hazelnut
    Amanda Sames, University of Minnesota
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5:00 - 7:00 blank white space Reception in Mississippi Room (posters in room 303)

Wednesday, November 4

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7:30 - 8:00 blank white space Light breakfast/networking (posters in room 303)
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8:00 - 8:30 blank white space Introduction to the GLBW Watershed Initiative
Co-Chairs of the GLBW Watershed Initiative: George Boody, Executive Director, Land Stewardship Project and Linda Meschke, President and Founder, Rural Advantage
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8:30 - 10:00 blank white space Strategic Watershed Tour
Participants will rotate through three rooms (323, 324, and 325), each focused on a different topic important to increasing CLC farming to achieve watershed goals. Practitioners working in watershed-based programs will frame the topic, present examples from watersheds in the region, and engage the conferees in discovery of ways forward.
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10:00 - 10:30 blank white space Networking break (posters in room 303)
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10:30 - 12:00 blank white space Governmental programs supporting implementation of CLC:
  • Implementing Minnesota’s Buffers Initiative
    John Jaschke, Executive Director, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

  • Implementing CLC farming to help achieve nutrient goals in the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico
    Wayne Anderson, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and Mississippi River Gulf of Mexico Nutrient Task Force
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12:00 - 12:45 blank white space Lunch (Mississippi Room)
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12:45 - 1:45 blank white space Keynote address:
Ecological Agriculture for an Ecological Civilization: Progress Report
Wes Jackson, Founder and President, The Land Institute

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