October 28, 2020
Keynote Panel: The Role of Soil in Global Peace and Security
Tuesday, Dec. 1
We’re excited to announce the first Keynote Panel of the 2020 Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show, with a global focus on soil health:
Soil health plays an integral role in creating productive, resilient farm operations but it is also inextricably tied to so much more. Food security, nutritional security, the economic and mental well-being of our rural agricultural communities, and the wellness of our natural resources and climate all depend on the health of one of our most valuable resources: soil. We’re gathering some of the world’s best thought-leaders in agriculture to discuss these relationships and ultimately the role of soil plays in global peace and security.
Our expert speakers will bring a global perspective to this important topic.
Dr. Vandana Shiva
Dr. Vandana Shiva is trained as a Physicist and received her Ph.D. on the subject “Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory” from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She later shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy, which she carried out at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India.
Dr. Rattan Lal
Rattan Lal, Ph.D., is a Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science and Director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center at The Ohio State University, and an Adjunct Professor of University of Iceland. Dr. Lal, native of India and a citizen of the United States, received the 2020 World Food Prize for developing and mainstreaming a soil-centric approach to increasing food production that restores and conserves natural resources and mitigates climate change.
Bob Quinn is an organic farmer and leader in promoting organic, sustainable agriculture around the world. With a PhD in plant biochemistry and degrees in botany and plant pathology, he has turned his family farm into an organic laboratory.
Bob is also the co-author of Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food.
Dr. John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics, retired from the University of Missouri in 2000. He was raised on a small dairy farm, worked in private industry, and held several other academic positions, prior to returning to the University of Missouri. John is the author of Small Farms are Real Farms.
2020 Eco-Ag Conference
Dec. 1-4, 2020 – Virtual Event
The annual Eco-Ag Conference sets the standard for innovation and learning in modern agriculture. The educational experience and trade show, now in its 45th year, unites farmers, ranchers and ag professionals from every facet of eco-farming to share their experience and expertise. Beginning and generational farmers running sustainable farms – as well as those in transition from conventional to organic – will walk away with useful, practical information that they can apply to their operations right away.