Registration now open for 2017 Soil Health Conference in Ames, Iowa

November 1, 2016 10:40 AM
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Building on the success of the Inaugural Soil Health Conference in 2016, the second Soil Health Conference will be held in the Scheman Building at Iowa State University on February 16-17, 2017. This conference is organized by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Department of Agronomy.


Soil health is the foundation for a vibrant and stronger agriculture system and economy. Healthy soils are essential to healthy environments, including clean air and clean water for sustainable agriculture and livelihoods. The theme of the 2017 Soil Health Conference is “Building Soil Health for Healthy Environment and Farm Profitability” in Iowa and the Midwest.


Conference will offer:


*Research-based information. During the two days conference, research-based information addressing the soil health principles and management practices for best decision-making for building healthy soils, sustainable agriculture, and clean environment will be presented.


*Speakers from land-grant universities and USDA. The Soil Health Conference will host a number of renowned scientists, agronomists, framers, and conservationists as conference speakers. Information will be provided by scientists from land-grant universities, USDA-ARS, USDA-NRCS, farmers and agriculture sector.

*Wide range of topics. Presentations at the conference will address concerns and interests of farmers, agronomists, agricultural consultants, soil scientists, extension professionals, and policy makers who are interested in learning about soils for sustainable agriculture.


*Posters  on research and education. Posters on research and education addressing management practices and their effects on soil health will be displayed during the two days of the soil health conference.


*CCA credits. This conference will provide an opportunity to certified crop advisors who are eligible to earn continued education credits in soil and water by attending many breakout sessions.


Register Now

Please register online. Click here to view a preliminary conference program, and catch highlights from the 2016 Soil Health Conference in this video. Join the discussion on Twitter and keep up on conference announcements using the hashtag #2017SHC.


Please save the date for February 16-17, 2017, and take advantage of this gathering to learn about soil health and develop a network with other professionals.


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Mahdi Al-Kaisi Professor of Soil Management/ Environment

Mahdi Al-Kaisi is a professor of agronomy and extension soil and water specialist at Iowa State University. His current research and extension in soil management and environment focuses on the effects of crop rotation, tillage systems, residue management, and nitrogen input on soil carbon dynamic...