7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Optional add-on farm walk and tour
1:30-1:45 p.m. | Welcome
1:45-2:45 p.m. | Managing Soil for Mineral Health
2:45-3:45 p.m. | Improving Water, Nitrogen, and Phosphorus Efficiency
John Kempf, Advancing EcoAgriculture
In this workshop AEA’s John Kempf will describe soil nitrogen and phosphorus cycles, how to manage these interactions, prevent nutrient leaching, and enable the greatest plant response with the most efficient use of inputs. It is possible to supply all of a crop’s nitrogen and phosphorus requirements through biologically available nutrients while contributing no fertilizer runoff, and by better managing nitrogen. Water use efficiency can also increase dramatically. Attend this workshop to learn the principles and techniques for best water, nitrogen, and phosphorus management.
3:45-4:30 p.m. -- NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
4:30-5:15 p.m. | Exploring Soil's Microbiome
Adrian Ferrero, Biome Makers
Combining the latest technology as DNA Sequencing and intelligent computing allows us to monitor soil health by using microbiome as a bioindicator of soil life. This session will dive into what we know about soil microbial life, explore what measuring these communities can tell us about our soil, and how this information can help us better manage for productivity.
5:15-6:30 p.m. | KEYNOTE: Driving Productivity and Resilience with Good Soil Health
Gary Zimmer, Midwestern BioAg
In this non-stop, jam-packed keynote presentation, soil health veteran Gary Zimmer will walk us down a comprehensive journey into farm productivity. From what we know about soil tests and minerals to the rules for getting the most out of your soil life, he will share his decades of experience. He will explore the role of plant food and diversity and also the role of tillage to maximize healthy mineralized soil. You'll walk away from this dynamic session with diverse tools to drive productivity and resilience in your farming system.
6:30-7:45 p.m. | EVENING RECEPTION
7:30-8 a.m. MORNING COFFEE
8-10 a.m. | Managing Water, Weeds and Disease with a Biotic Mindset
Brendon Rockey, Rockey Farms
Drought. It brought a biotic mindset to Rockey Farms, revealing options once dismissed for growing healthy, steady yielding potatoes. Today, the 500-irrigated acre specialty seed potato and quinoa operation has no place for toxic chemicals and synthetic inputs in its living, profitable and resilient farm system. Cover crops, livestock grazing and precise mechanical weeding improve the farm’s carbon cycle, which results in maximized water efficiency and infiltration rates in addition to decreasing and manageable weed populations. Companion Crops and Flowering Strips build upon these fundamentals, creating habitat that competes with weed populations and provides resources for beneficial insects to thrive, providing a successful Integrated Pest Management tool when controlling vector viruses.
10-10:45 a.m. -- NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
10:45-11:45 a.m. | Regenerative Agriculture on a California Ranch: Live Podcast Interview
John Kempf, Advancing EcoAgriculture
Join John Kempf for a live version of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast featuring a California grower. John and his guest will discuss effective approaches to pest and disease challenges as well as soil health in the context of California’s issues with weather and water. Attend to learn how growers are navigating California’s regulatory and labor challenges, and the economic success of regenerative farming practices.
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Weeds & Disease, a Problem or a Symptom?
Glen Rabenberg, SoilWorks
1-2 p.m. -- LUNCH
2-3 p.m. | Bio-Based Solutions for Pest Management and Plant Health
Pamela Marrone, Marrone Bio Innovations
As growers seek to increase pest resistance, regulations on environmental and worker safety become more stringent, and consumers demand safer, more sustainable food, biologicals (biopesticides and biostimulants) are enjoying an increasingly prominent role in crop protection programs. The evolution of biologicals as a more trusted and reliable tool in a grower’s toolbox, however, would not have been possible without advances in science, technology and manufacturing processes that have made biologicals more effective. The majority of growers may have heard the terms “biopesticides” or “biologicals,” but may be unclear on their modes of action and when and how to use them successfully in integrated pest management and crop production programs. This talk will outline the foundational concepts of the biologicals category, discuss how and when to use them and illustrate some of the exciting new developments.
3-4 p.m. | PANEL: Ask the Experts
In this closing session, we bring the Summit's lessons all together with the help of our expert speakers and open it up for questions. You won't want to miss this unique opportunity to capitalize on the tremendous expertise and experience of these agricultural leaders.
4-5 p.m. -- NETWORKING - CLOSING COFFEE & DRINKS
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