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Commodity Classic brings together farmers from across the country to network and learn from their peers. Hosted by farmers, for farmers, it is hailed as the largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural and educational event in the country.

The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is attending Commodity Classic and is hosting a series of educational sessions throughout the three-day gathering. SHP is hosting two Soil Sessions LIVE events at the trade show booth. These 10-minute conversations take place on Thursday and Friday in booth #1945.

Take a look at the list of SHP events below and visit our Facebook page to stay updated on these events.

Thursday, February 27

  • 8:15 – 9:45 a.m – What’s New? Session: Carbon Insetting Framework Providing Opportunities to Growers, What’s New Session Meeting Room*
  • 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. – Soil Sessions LIVE: Media Preview, Booth #1945 
  • 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m – What’s New? Session: Carbon Insetting Framework Providing Opportunities to Growers, Main Stage of Trade Show*
  • 1:00 p.m. – Soil Sessions LIVE: Field Manager Maddy Rabenhorst will discuss transitioning to no-till, Booth #1945

*About this What’s New? session: During this session we will discuss what carbon insetting is, how it helps growers and how the model fits into the broader landscape of carbon markets. SHP, along with various partners, received a Conservation Innovation Grant in 2016 through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service.  The purpose of the grant was to create a carbon accounting and insetting framework that would enable companies along the supply chain to encourage their farmer growers to adopt conservation practices such as planting cover crops and reducing tillage in order to sequester carbon in the soil. As we wrap up the grant, the framework is ready for other companies to apply in order to achieve on-farm emissions reductions. The framework employs a low-cost, low-touch verification model tool and models soil organic carbon reductions to scale the benefits across supply chains.

Friday, February 28

  • 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m – Seeds of Change Award Winner Presentation, Booth #1945
  • 11:00 a.m. – Soil Sessions LIVE: Field Manager Lisa Kubik will discuss cover crops, Booth #1945
  • 1:00 p.m. – Soil Sessions LIVE: Meet SHP Lead Scientist Dr. Maria Bowman, Booth #1945
  • 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Learning Session: Assessing & Expanding Soil Health for Production, Economic and Environmental Benefits: The FFAR Soil Health Collaboration, Room 302*

*About this Learning Session: SHP, Soil Health Institute and The Nature Conservancy will share how we are working together to apply soil health research in a practical way for farmers and landowners. Growers will leave the session with a broader knowledge of the items they should be testing for to measure soil health on their farm and be able to compare it with data published by other organizations including Soil Health Institute and SHP. They will also learn tips and tactics on how to discuss soil health practices with their landowners in order to help their landowners understand the benefits of implementing these practices and incentivize further adoption on their farms.

We hope you will join us!