9:00 AM – 11:50 AM | Wednesday, February 13, 2019Conference Room C-D 3 CEU
FREE SESSION – MUST PURCHASE FLOOR TICKET TO VISIT TRADESHOW
Floor Pre-registration – $25
On-site Floor Registration – $50
Advising Farmers on Practical, Productive Conservation Systems
This training organized by the Conservation Technology Information Center and funded by the US EPA will show Certified Crop Advisers, retail agronomists, and other ag advisers how they can provide additional value to their farmer clients by identifying the conservation systems most likely to benefit the bottom line and then helping clients chart a course toward implementation.
After plenary discussions on the fundamentals of conservation planning and navigating assistance programs, breakout sessions will allow attendees to choose the practitioner-led discussion most relevant to land they advise on.
Morning Plenary Session
Conference Room D
9:00-9:10—Welcome and opening remarks
– Julie Kenney; Deputy Director, Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship
9:10-10:00—The adviser’s role in conservation planning
– Jason Gomes; Agronomist & CCA, Northern Iowa Agronomy Partners
Identifying resource concerns and proposing solutions
Communicating on-farm benefits of conservation systems
10:00-10:40—Navigating technical and financial assistance programs
– Robert Meir; Area Program Specialist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Overview of public and private resources for technical and financial support
Advising clients on applying and what to expect
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Conference Rooms C & D
11:00-Noon in Room C—Conservation systems for flat and tile-drained landscapes
– Keegan Kult; Executive Director, Ag Drainage Management Coalition
Conservation drainage practices such as drainage water management, saturated buffers, and denitrifying bioreactors.
Financial assistance available in the state of Iowa for conservation drainage practices.
11:00-Noon in Room D—Permanent/Constructed conservation systems
– Tim Recker, Iowa Land Improvement Contractors Association
Conservation practices such as filter strips, water and sediment control basins, and grassed waterways
Using these practices alongside in-field management to form a complete system
Additional Training (1 CEU):
Conservation College | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Conference Room D
All attendees are invited to attend the next session at 1:30 PM after lunch in Conference Room D. The Conservation College session presented by INREC is included in registration.