UMN Extension to host Virtual Soil Management Summit December 15 & 16th

Like many annual events, this year’s Soil Management Summit, formerly known as the Conservation Tillage Conference or CTC, has had to make the transition from in-person to online.

The summit emphasizes proven farmer experience and applied science. Straight from the fields, learn how heavier, colder soils aren’t necessarily the challenge they’re made out to be. Attendees will hear from long-time no-till, reduced tillage and cover crop farmers as they share their experiences, so you can be spared the same hard-learned lessons.

Some of this year’s topics include tillage erosion, soil organic matter and water dynamics, and the conference staple – a panel of farmers sharing their own personal experiences with soil management. Kicking off the event is J. Gordon Arbuckle, a professor of sociology from Iowa State University whose research helps stakeholders maintain or enhance long-term agricultural productivity while also improving social and environmental outcomes of agriculture. His keynote talk on December 15 will explore the sociology of soil management.

While this year’s format may be a little different, organizers hope people embrace the change and join online December 15 and 16. “We’ll still deliver a high-value learning and networking experience for our attendees while emphasizing proven farmer experience and applied science,” said committee chair Jodi DeJong Hughes.

Attendees who stay for the entire conference will have the chance to earn up to five CCA continuing education units (CEUs). Additionally, 40 registration scholarships will be available for interested attendees.

The cost for this event is $50 and includes all sessions for the two days plus four bonus sessions offered after the event.

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