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Healthy Soils, Healthy Region Workshop – 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 to promote soil health management.
  2. Identify regional soil health priorities and strategize about how to address them.
  3. Showcase ongoing regional projects that support improved soil health.
  4. Explore regional solutions to build climate resilience through managing for soil health.

Tuesday March 12, 2019

 

7:30 am

8:00 am

8:25 am

 

Registration & Networking

Welcome & Conference Overview – Georgine Yorgey, Washington State University & Leslie Michel, Okanogan Conservation District

Soil Health Seminars

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

8:25 am

Discussing soil health 101 – The terminology

Jennifer Moore-Kucera, American Farmland Trust

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

9:25 am

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

 

9:55 am

 

10:10 am

 

Refreshment Break

 

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

Intro to the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center Long-Term Research Plots – Mary Corp & Stephen Machado, OSU CBARC

12:00 pm

Boxed lunches distributed

1:00 pm

Small group workshops moved to the Convention Center due to weather
Participants will learn about the NRCS In-Field Assessment, and sampling Protocol For Soil Health Tests, as well as pre-selected workshop tracks:

  • Using Web Soil Survey in the Field- Jennifer Moffitt (USDA-NRCS) & Jericho Winter (USDA-NRCS)
  • Soil Pit- Jodi Johnson-Maynard (UI), Markus Kleber (OSU), Don Wysocki (OSU)
  • Engaging Producers- Garrett Duyck (USDA-NRCS) & Robert Hathorne (USDA-NRCS)

NRCS In-Field Assessment: Cory Owens (USDA-NRCS), Doug Finkelnburg (UI), Jennifer Moore-Kucera (American Farmland Trust), Dave Myrold (OSU), Allen Casey (USDA-NRCS), Aaron Roth (USDA-NRCS)

Protocol for Soil Health Testing: Shannon Cappellazzi (Soil Health Institute), Leslie Michel (Okanogan CD), Deirdre Griffin (WSU), Doug Collins (WSU)

 

5:30 pm

6:00 pm

 

Doors Open: Networking Social & Cash Bar

Welcome Dinner – Gabrielle Roesch-McNally, USDA Northwest Climate HUB

March 13, 2019

 

7:30 am

8:00 am

 

Networking Coffee Hour

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

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

Soil Health Success: Introduction to Regional Planning Session – Molly Stenovic & Amanda Murphy, Ruckelshaus Center

 

10:00 am

10:30 am

 

Refreshment Break

Envisioning Regional Soil Health Discussion – Session Facilitators: Molly Stenovec & Amanda Murphy – William D. Ruckelshaus Center; Georgine Yorgey, Laura Lewis, Sonia Hall, Karen Hills, & Nicole Witham – Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources Gabrielle Roesch-McNally – USDA Northwest Climate HUB

 

12:00 pm

1:00 pm

 

Networking Lunch

Soil Health Priorities and Focus Discussion – Session Facilitators: Molly Stenovec & Amanda Murphy – William D. Ruckelshaus Center; Georgine Yorgey, Laura Lewis, Sonia Hall, Karen Hills, & Nicole Witham – Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources; Gabrielle Roesch-McNally – USDA Northwest Climate HUB

 

2:30 pm

2:45 pm

 

Refreshment Break

Developing a Regional Soil Health Framework – Molly Stenovec & Amanda Murphy, William D. Ruckelshaus Center

 

4:15 pm

4:30 pm

 

Closing Remarks and Announcements – Chad Kruger, Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources

Adjourn

5:30 pm

Networking social with heavy appetizers and cash bar featuring poster session, lightning presentations, and tools café.

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

Making the financial case for soil health

Pipa Elias, The Nature Conservancy

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

Hosting great field days

Garrett Duyck, NRCS

Soil beneficial organisms

Dave Myrold, Oregon State University

Cover crops for irrigated systems

Doug Collins, Washington state University

BREAK (10:15 am)

 

 

10:30 am

 

Welcome & Conference Facilitation Wrap Up/Regional Plan Discussion

Molly Stenovec & Amanda Murphy, William D. Ruckelshaus Center & Gabrielle Roesch-McNally, USDA Northwest Climate HUB

 

11:15 am

 

Lunch with Panel: Grower Perspectives on Soil Health

Panelists:

Russ Zenner, Zenner Family Farms, Genesee, ID

Eric Williamson, Williamson Farms, Quincy, WA

April Thatcher, April Joy Farm, Ridgefield, WA

Mike Omeg, Omeg Family Orchard, The Dalles, OR

1:00 pm

Closing & Next Steps – Doug Finkenburg, University of Idaho, Gabrielle Roesch-McNally, USDA Northwest Climate HUB

1:30 pm

Adjourn