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Healthy Soils, Healthy Region Workshop – Draft Agenda

March 12-14, 2019 – Pendleton Convention Center

Workshop topics are pending speaker availability and are subject to change.

Goals:

  1. Improve awareness of existing tools that can be used in the field to promote soil health.
  2. Create a regional plan to support soil health.
  3. Showcase ongoing regional projects that support improved soil health.
  4. Explore regional solutions to build climate resilience through soils.

Tuesday March 12, 2019

 

7:30 am

8:00 am

8:30 am

 

Registration & Networking

Welcome & Conference Overview

Soil Health Seminars

TOPIC:
INTRO TO SOILS
SOILS 201
CLIMATE AND SOIL TOOLS FOR DEALING WITH WEATHER EXTREMES

8:30 am

Discussing soil health 101 – The terminology

Jennifer Moore Kucera, USDA NRCS

The contentious nature of soil organic matter

Markus Kleber, Oregon State University

Climate and weather planning tools

Katherine Hegewisch, University of Idaho

8:55 am

When, where, what of soil testing

Shannon Cappellazzi, Soil Health Institute

What you always wanted to know about the nitrogen cycle

Deirdre Griffin, Washington State University

Tools for managing drought

David Simeral, NIDIS

9:20am

What’s so important about organic matter?

Doug Collins, Washington State University

The hard truth about compaction

Jodi Johnson Maynard, University of Idaho

Linking soil health with climate resilience

Gabrielle Roesch McNally, USDA Northwest Climate HUB

 

9:45 am

 

Intro to NRCS Soil Health Assessment & Test Comparisons – Cory Owens, NRCS & Shannon Cappellazzi, Soil Health Institute

Intro to the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center – Mary Corp, OSU CBARC

11:00 am

Pick up box lunch & load buses for transportation to Columbia Basin ARC. Buses depart beginning at 11:30 am

1:00 pm

Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center Field Tour

Featuring a tour of CBARC Pendleton Long-term Research Plots, NRCS In-Field Assessment, and sampling Protocol For Soil Health Tests, as well as pre-selected workshop tracks:

  • Track 1: Using Web Soil Survey in the Field
  • Track 2: Soil Pit
  • Track 3: Talking to Producers

 

4:45 pm

6:00 pm

6:30 pm

 

Load buses & return to Pendleton Convention Center

Doors Open: Networking Social & Cash Bar

Welcome Dinner

March 13, 2019

 

7:30 am

8:30 am

 

Networking Coffee Hour

Welcome Address, Chad Kruger, Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources

Keynot Address – Taking Action on Soil Health: Aligning science, economics and policies for adoption. By Pipa Elias, Soil Health Strategy Manager, The Nature Conservancy.

Topic Session – TBD

Discussion Session Introduction

 

10:45 am

11:45 am

12:30 pm

1:30 pm

2:30 pm

3:00 pm

4:20 pm

4:30 pm

 

Break

State Focus Discussion Sessions on Soil Health

Networking Lunch

State Focus Discussion Sessions Continued

Break

Large group – Regional Soil Health

Announcements

Adjourn

5:30 pm

Networking Social featuring poster session & lightning presentations, heavy appetizers and cash bar.

March 14, 2019

 

7:30 am

8:00 am

9:00 am

 

Networking Coffee Hour

Soil Health Test Interpretation, Shannon Cappellazzi, Soil Health Institute

Soil Health Seminars

TOPIC
SOIL HEALTH IN ACTION
SOIL BIOLOGY
COVER CROPS

9:00 am

Hosting great field days

Garrett Duyck, NRCS

Crop rotation considerations

Nick Andrews, Oregon State University

Cover crops for dryland systems

Leslie Michel, Okanogan CD

9:25 am

Participatory soil health research

Doug Finkelnburg, University of Idaho

Healthy soil, healthy plants?

Karen Sanguinet, Washington State University

Choosing the right cover crop

Allen Casey, USDA NRCS

9:50 am

Incentivizing soil health practices

TBD

Soil beneficial organisms

Dave Myrold, Oregon State University

Cover crops for irrigated systems

Andy McGuire, Washington state University

BREAK (10:15 am)

 

 

10:30 am

 

Welcome & Conference Facilitation Wrap Up/Regional Plan Discussion

Summary and next steps – moving forward after the conference.

Break

11:30 am

 

Lunch with Producer Panel, Next Steps, Closing

Confirmed Panelists Include:

Russ Zenner, Zenner Family Farms, Genesee, ID

Eric Williamson, Williamson Farms, Quincy, WA

Mike Omeg, Omeg Family Orchard, The Dalles, OR

1:30 pm

Adjourn