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Environmental and economic effects of conservation practices will be discussed at 2017 Soil Health Conference Feb. 16-17 at ISU.

Rod Swoboda 1, Editor, Wallaces Farmer

January 10, 2017

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REGISTER NOW: Register before Feb. 1 and save money if you plan to attend the 2017 Soil Health Conference Feb. 16-17 at Ames.

After a successful inaugural conference in 2016, the second annual Soil Health Conference will be held at Iowa State University in Ames on Feb. 16-17. This year’s event will have two full days of presentations on a wide variety of topics concerning soil health, with guest speakers from around the country.

Theme for the 2017 Soil Health Conference is “Building Soil Health for a Healthy Environment and Farm Profitability.” That’s an important theme, given the challenges farmers face with production and environmental issues, says Mahdi Al-Kaisi, ISU Extension soil management specialist and chairman of the planning committee.

Facing challenges with production and environmental issues
Presentations will address concerns of farmers, agronomists, ag consultants, soil scientists, Extension professionals and policymakers. Speakers and topics will appeal to anyone who is interested in learning about improving soils for a sustainable agriculture.

“The goal of this conference is to focus on management practices that influence soil health, sustain productivity and reduce agriculture’s footprint on the environment,” says Al-Kaisi. “Experts from across the country will provide needed information and resources to help farmers and agronomists not only in Iowa, but across the Midwest.”

The 2017 Soil Health Conference plans to build off of the foundation laid by the 2016 conference, expanding to a more extensive two-day program.

A number of knowledgeable speakers and interesting topics
Over 33 speakers from academia, USDA, agriculture industry, farmers, students and the private sector will present throughout the two-day conference. Some of the topics included in this year’s event are economics of soil health, linkage between soil health and water quality, field indicators or observations for quick soil health field assessment, and soil assessment tools.

There will also be a panel of farmers with a long history of adopting conservation systems who will share their experiences in making such systems work economically.

CCA credits to be offered, and a display of research presentations
Soil and water continuing education credits will once again be offered to certified crop advisers, and the research poster presentation and display will continue to be a part of the event.

To register for the 2017 Soil Health Conference, go online before or on Feb. 1 and pay only $175. After Feb. 1, a late registration fee of $210 will take effect. Student registration is $85. If you plan to submit a poster, abstracts must be submitted by Feb. 3 at 5 p.m. for consideration. More information on registration and poster submission guidelines can be found online.

For more details regarding the Soil Health Conference or for more information about soil health, contact Mahdi Al-Kaisi at 515-294-8304 or [email protected]. For questions regarding registration, contact Registration Services at [email protected] or 515-294-6222. Join the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #2017SHC.


About the Author(s)

Rod Swoboda 1

Editor, Wallaces Farmer

Rod, who has been a member of the editorial staff of Wallaces Farmer magazine since 1976, was appointed editor of the magazine in April 2003. He is widely recognized around the state, especially for his articles on crop production and soil conservation topics, and has won several writing awards, in addition to honors from farm, commodity and conservation organizations.

"As only the tenth person to hold the position of Wallaces Farmer editor in the past 100 years, I take seriously my responsibility to provide readers with timely articles useful to them in their farming operations," Rod says.

Raised on a farm that is still owned and operated by his family, Rod enjoys writing and interviewing farmers and others involved in agriculture, as well as planning and editing the magazine. You can also find Rod at other Farm Progress Company activities where he has responsibilities associated with the magazine, including hosting the Farm Progress Show, Farm Progress Hay Expo and the Iowa Master Farmer program.

A University of Illinois grad with a Bachelors of Science degree in agriculture (ag journalism major), Rod joined Wallaces Farmer after working several years in Washington D.C. as a writer for Farm Business Incorporated.

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