Wednesday, December 12, 2018
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Inviting Farmers and Ranchers of all scales and production systems
Join The Soil Revolution for the third annual Soil Revolution Conference. This full-day event will shed light on the past, present, and future issues surrounding soil health, including the history of global agricultural production, agronomic and financial benefits for today’s producers, and the importance of creating resilient landscapes.
7:00am – 8:00am Registration & Breakfast
The problem of agriculture is as old as civilization. Throughout history, great societies who abused their land withered into poverty or disappeared entirely. Now we risk repeating this ancient story on a global scale due to ongoing soil degradation, a changing climate, and a rising population.
9:10am – 9:20am Exhibitor Exhibition
9:20am – 10:15am Changing Your Farm With Biology John Kempf
John started Advancing Eco Agriculture in 2006 with a vision of having regenerative agricultural systems become mainstream and adopted globally. John is passionate about developing regenerative agriculture systems that improve soil health, produce crops that are resistant to diseases and insects and produce exceptional quality fruit. This session will cover the intersection of healthy soils and crop quality and the financial bottom line. John will address the impact of soil health on the crop environment, water, light and nutrient use efficiency and how to build soils back up, especially in the arid west.
10:15am – 10:25am Rainfall Simulator Demonstration
10:45am – 11:45am Integrating Livestock For Better Soil Health Darrin Unruh
Darrin has completely redesigned his farming system to improve soil health and protect water quality in Pretty Prairie, Kansas. Finding that no-till alone was not enough to improve soil health, Darrin has turned to plant diversity, keeping the soil covered, keeping a living root in the soil and minimizing disturbance to improve soil structure and build organic matter. Darrin will cover how to integrate these principles into livestock grazing systems. He will also discuss how to get started with soil health practices, planning crop rotations and the resiliency of a biologically-focused system to drought and other stressors.
11:45am – 1:00pm Lunch
NRCS Program Updates: Christine Newton
Boulder County Carbon Farming Projects Update: Mark Easter
City of Boulder Carbon Farming Projects Update: TBD
1:00pm – 2:00pm Ground Level: Exploring Local Challenges & Solutions
2:00pm – 2:30pm Break
2018 brought all types of extreme weather to the Front Range. Wind, hail, downpours and drought—you name it, we saw it! As “weird weather” becomes the new norm, learn how soil health and other management strategies can help you be more resilient.
3:30pm – 4:00pm Looking Forward: How Do We Get There From Here? David R. Montgomery
There is reason for hope. Dr. Montgomery introduces us to farmers around the world at the heart of a brewing soil health revolution that could bring humanity’s ailing soil back to life remarkably fast. Growing a Revolution draws on visits to farms in the industrialized and developing world to show a new combination of farming practices that can deliver innovative, cost-effective solutions to problems farmers face today.
4:00pm – 5:00pm Social Hour