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Making soil health research relevant to operational success was one of the key goals of the 4th annual Soil Health Summit, held in Rosemont, Ill. Jan. 18-19.
The Soil Health Partnership – a project to make agriculture more productive and sustainable through healthy soil hosted nearly 300 farmers, scientists, agronomists, industry leaders, environmentalists and water quality experts at the annual meeting.
"More year-over-year comparisons are, and will be available across our network. These are critical to understanding what happens with certain soil practices over time," said Nick Goeser, director of the Soil Health Partnership.
Break-out sessions delved into tillage methods, nutrient management, cover cropping strategies, social media use and the future of ag technologies.
The first "Seeds of Change" awards honored those who go above and beyond to advocate for the partnership and for soil health.
And if you ask any attendee, they'll tell you the best part of the Summit is the conversation and knowledge-sharing!
The 2019 summit is tentatively planned for St. Louis. Watch for more details soon!
SHP Director Nick Goeser welcomes attendees at the 4th annual Soil Health Summit.
Dr. Robert Graney, Head of Regulatory Science, NA, Bayer was the keynote for the opening session with an informative look at the product development pipeline.
Good food and good conversation!
Attendees start off the conference with in-depth information from Bayer, La Crosse Seed, EFC Systems and The Climate Corporation.
Inaugural Seeds of Change award winners Andrew Reuschel, Golden Ill; Mark Mueller, Waverly Iowa; Tom Vaske, Masonville, Iowa; Jack Hardwick, Beardstown, Illinois.
Data Dudes: Jack Hardwick, Agronomist; Jim Isermann, SHP Illinois Field Manager; Harry Schirding, Illinois farmer.
Town Hall Panel: SHP's Jim Isermann, Jenna Rose, Nick Goeser, Anne Dietz, Jack Cornell.
SHP Director Nick Goeser
Breakout sessions offered attendees a choice of subjects and the opportunity to ask questions in a smaller setting.
Collaborators learn about running a farming business.
Communications Director Jenna Rose helps farmer Kevin Ross with the virtual reality video headset. Attendees had the chance to see Tim Smith's Iowa farm in a unique 360 degree format.
Exhibitors visit with attendees during the reception.
Dr. Robert Graney, Head of Regulatory Science for Bayer, interviews with AgWired's Chuck Zimmerman.
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