Soil Health Summit Sessions


The year 2019 is full of promise for the exciting frontier of soil health. This marks the first time the Soil Health Partnership will have three years of consistent data from working farms to interpret and share insights. You’ll hear what we’ve learned from the new Executive Director, who has made processing the data her top priority, along with SHP’s new Lead Scientist. Plus, just how does soil health intersect with agriculture’s end user – the consumer? And do they really care what happens on the farm? We’ll hear from top food companies on why this effort is key to their business and sustainability strategies, and how it can ultimately improve the outlook for everyone. We’ll also hear from a top partner, The Nature Conservancy, on why collaboration between ag and environmental groups is more vital than ever in 2019.

Landowners and Soil Health: How to Have a Productive Relationship

Whether you’re renting an apartment, a house or your farmland, doing the renovations you want takes buy-in from the landlord. This interactive discussion will provide some tips for having a soil health conversation with landowners…to meet grower goals while helping landowners maintain and improve their land asset.

Cereal Killer: Herbicide Considerations for Cover Crop Control

This session will discuss the current challenges of cover crop chemical control, and the effects of herbicide carryover on cover crops. Learn what chemical considerations to account for when spraying corn and soybeans, as well as how post applications and/or rescue treatments might affect cover crop establishment.

Learning the Ropes of Cover Crop Grazing

Have you heard about the potential soil health benefits of grazing livestock on cover crops and wondered if that might be a good option for you? This session will share some economic case studies of producers who have integrated cropping and livestock enterprises with cover crops. As well, it will provide you with some guidance on how to assess if this would be a profitable change for your operation.

From the Hill to the Home: Understanding New Federal Policy and Regulation

2018 has been an interesting year for agriculture: from trade policy to herbicide safety to consumer engagement through the Farm Bill. Join us for an update of what regulations changes have taken place, from federal policy to key state-level decisions that may influence other geographies. We’ll explore how these changes affect you.

Around the Kitchen Table: Talk with Farmers and Agronomists to get Your Questions Answered

Have questions specific to your operation needs? Get your questions answered from farmers who have experienced the challenges themselves. Hear from farmers who have taken different approaches to incorporating cover crops on their farm. Take advantage of the farmer network within SHP that allows you to get ideas and share experiences that you have encountered in the Midwest. This session will allow you to network with farmers and agronomists who are making cover crops successful for their operation.

Are you #SocialMediaSmart? Using Social Media to Take Your Business up a Notch

Social media in agriculture is more than just tractor memes and harvest pics. It’s a powerful tool to help educate others, network, and grow your business. In this session, you’ll learn the latest trends in social media, see the results of the SHP #SoilSmart campaign, and discover how you can most effectively use this 21st Century tool to take your operation to the next level. Also, a great session for non-farmers, this session is suited for “socialites” of all levels.

Plus Evening Reception with Exhibitors from Across the Ag Industry