Season’s greetings from the Kerr Center! David Redhage gets this issue rolling with reflections on an article about breeding crops for particular nutritional needs. The rest of this month’s newsletter is given over, as usual,…
The Southern SAWG Annual Conference is well-known for providing the practical tools and solutions. It is a key event for those interested in sustainable and organic farming and creating more vibrant community food systems. It draws over 1,200 farmers and local food advocates from across the nation each year. The conference offers outstanding “field-tested” presenters, a full slate of hot-topic conference sessions and pre-conference courses, several field trips, a poster display, and a trade show.
Start planning now to be in Chattanooga, Tennessee January 17-20, 2018 to learn, network and celebrate!
The popular Pre-Conference events begin on Wednesday and include a great line-up of one-and-a-half day intensive short courses and then on Thursday, several exciting half-day field trips and mini courses. Each of these pre-conference activities requires separate registration.
Thursday evening offers an informal meet and greet with music and cash bar.
The General Conference is held on Friday and Saturday, with a wide variety of program offerings and nearly 100 expert presenters. There are sessions for those with years of experience and for those who are new to the field, on topics including organic and sustainable vegetable in fields and in high tunnels, grazing and sustainable livestock management, specialty crop production, unique marketing strategies, campus farms, scaling up, increasing profits, business and finance management, beginning farming, community food systems work, federal farm programs, agriculture policy developments, and more.
The General Conference line-up includes nearly 60 educational sessions, plus a state networking session for each of the 13 states in our region, and another 13 information exchange sessions where you get to exchange ideas and information with those who share your interests.
|8:00 a.m.||Coffee and Registration|
|8:30 a.m.||Introduction |
Dr. Michael Gold, Interim Director, The Center for AgroforestryWelcome and Introduction of Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Christopher Daubert, Dean, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
|8:45 a.m.||Priorities for Advancing Soil Health Management Systems |
Dr. Wayne Honeycutt, President and CEO, Soil Health Institute
|9:30 a.m.||Soil Health and Promoting Multi-Functional Agriculture Systems: Insights from California |
Dr. Amelie Gaudin, Associate Professor, University of California Davis
|10:00 a.m.||Soil Ecosystems Services of Agroforestry |
Dr. Ranjith Udawatta, Center for Agroforestry
|10:30 a.m.||Coffee Break|
|11:00 a.m.||Panel Discussion: Farmer Perspectives on Enhancing Soil Health|
|12:00 p.m.||Lunch (Soil Demonstrations and Poster Session in McQuinn Atrium)|
|1:00 p.m.||Advances in Soil Health Indicators: Developing Affordable and Interpretable Tests for Farmers |
Dr. Kristen Veum, USDA-ARS
|1:30 p.m.||Healthy Soils: The Missouri Partnership |
Sara Parker Pauley, Director, Missouri Department of Conservation
|2:00 p.m.||National and Regional Trends in Adoption of Soil Health Practices |
Dr. Rob Myers, Director, USDA – North Central SARE
|2:30 p.m.||Panel Discussion: Programs and Agency Coordination for Soil Health in Missouri |
Moderator: Gregory O. Mori, Outreach Coordinator, UMCA
|3:45 p.m.||Reception, Poster Session and Demonstrations in McQuinn Atrium (Until 5:45 p.m.)|
|4:30 p.m.||Reception Presentation |
Nick Goeser, Soil Health Partnership/NCGA
Symposium is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.
Register at: goo.gl/iywnii
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