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2017 Green Lands Blue Waters Conference and Farm Tour

 November 28-29th at the UW-Madison Pyle Center in Madison.


The theme of this year’s conference, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS), is Continuous Living Cover: Bridging the Gaps with Livestock. Now in its sixth year, the Green Lands Blue Waters Conference is a gathering place for agency, university and nonprofit staff, and farmers and other citizens who share an interest in conservation in the Mississippi River watershed and beyond.


As Sir Albert Howard said, “Mother earth never attempts to farm without livestock.“ From cover crops to native grasslands, year-round living vegetation maintains soil health and water quality. The conference will explore how livestock can support and sustain cover crops, perennial grains, agroforestry systems, perennial forages and bioenergy crops by converting perennial grasses and cover crops to high quality human food, closing nutrient cycles and stimulating soil biology.


The conference includes a variety of plenary speakers and breakout sessions featuring innovative projects from farmers, researchers, and, agency and nonprofit staff. Nicolette Hahn Niman- Author of Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Beef Production- The Manifesto of an Environmental Attorney and Vegetarian Turned Cattle Rancher will deliver a keynote address on The Two Faces of Livestock Farming:  Solving or Causing Water Pollution – How Do We Move to Regenerative Livestock Systems?


A reception at the University Club in Madison will be held at 6 pm on Tuesday, November 28. Optional tours on Wednesday will feature agroforestry and cover crop integration with livestock systems.


Agenda and registration link are available on the CIAS website here:


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