2017 Soil Health Conference-Iowa

The 2017 Soil Health Conference marks the second year for this event. The 2016 inaugural conference was marked by successful attendance, engagement, and positive feedback for continuing this tradition in addressing soil health challenges. The inaugural Soil Health Conference drew nearly 300 attendees with wide interest and background that included farmers, agronomists, students, scientist, farm managers and agency personnel.

The highlight of last year's conference was the wide range of presentations and group discussions that led to outcomes addressing the needs for advancing soil health in the state, which included research, extension and outreach, and partnership and engagement platforms.

In 2017, the Soil Health Conference will be building on the success of the inaugural conference, in which feedback from attendees helped to shape the agenda of this conference. The conference will be a full two days with a wide range of presentations and formats that address the basic and practical aspects of soil health. This conference agenda includes speakers from the academia, farmers, USDA, non-profit, and industry views concerning soil health understanding, challenges, and potential management practices. There will be a poster session highlighting the current research efforts on soil health.