The 2015 Green Lands Blue Waters Conference

 

November 3 & 4, 2015
Coffman Memorial Union, 3rd floor
Minneapolis-East Bank Campus of the University of Minnesota

Coffman Memorial Union on the Minneapolis-East Bank Campus

GLBW is applying for American Society of Agronomy CEU credits for this conference

Conference registration has ended -- we're at capacity

 

Contact:  

Richard Warner
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Bridges and Buffers,
Farms and Cities:
Continuous Living Cover
Farming Systems

 

The 2015 Green Lands Blue Waters (GLBW) conference brings solution-oriented approaches to some of the hot topics in Midwest agriculture today. The new Minnesota law requiring buffers of perennial vegetation along waterways, the lawsuit by the Des Moines Water Works against three counties upstream; state Nutrient Reduction Strategies; and the Mississippi River Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force brought national attention to agricultural water issues. The declining pollinator insects and a rising interest in soil health are also gaining attention on the farm, policy-makers, and the general public.

 

Building on previously-successful GLBW conferences, participants will learn about and discuss the science and practices of Continuous Living Cover (CLC) farming systems; how CLC farming is helping to address environmental challenges in agriculture; how watershed-based groups are implementing CLC farming and tracking the results; and the development of businesses and markets for CLC crops.

 

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

 

Common Roots Catering (CRC) of Minneapolis will provide the food and drinks for the conference. For this event CRC will showcase food produced in CLC farming systems in our region, including grass-fed meat and dairy, Kernza™, elderberry, and Midwest hazelnuts.

Proceedings of Past Conferences:

2012 -- Ames, IA

2013 -- Minneapolis, MN

2014-- Decatur, IL

 

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