January 27, 2020


Hyatt Regency Hotel, Wichita, Kansas

If you are just geting started with a soil health based production system or want to know how to get started this is the workshop for you. This all day event will help you understand the 5 principles of soil health and how to implement them on your farm. We have lined up some of the best speakers to help you understand and to get started. 

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8:00-8:30 Check-In Hyatt Regency Redbud Ballroom


8:30-9:30 A Historical Perspective on Profitable Production and Environmental Stewardship, Doug Peterson

If we know today, scientifically that tillage degrades most soil functions then why is tillage so engrained into our society?  Trying to understand those historical social aspects of tillage is key to making good decisions in the future.  True long term sustainability must start by understanding the soil and how it really functions. How our management, how tillage really affects infiltration not just what we have been taught our whole life.  We also have to understand how to improve its function with practices that provide a positive return on investment instead of a financial drain on the operation. 

9:30- 10:45 Making the Transition to No-till and Soil Health, Jimmy Emmons

Jimmy Emmons has transitioned his farm from a full tillage, monoculture-heavy, wheat graze-out operation to a robust soil-health based system with healthy soils, diverse plants and livestock integration.  Jimmy cut his operating expenses dramatically, reduced his risks through diversification, and used the soils on his farm to support more profitable grazing. Jimmy will share his story of financial, emotional, and operational transformation. 

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:15 Soils Demonstrations, Candy Thomas and Stan Boltz

NRCS Regioal Soil Health Specialists Candy Thomas (Kansas and Nebraska) and Stan Boltz ( N. Dakota and S. Dakota)  will provide several soils demonstrations showing the importance of soil cover soil structure to improve water infiltration and reduce erosion.  

12:15-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:45 Cover: It Is Not Optional, Adam Daugherty, Coffee County Tennessee 

Along his journey working with producers on transitioning from no-till to agro-ecological systems, Coffee County, TN USDA District Conservationist Adam Daugherty can affirm that the soil resource cannot and will not function as designed if it is not covered.  In order to conserve, heal, and eventually rejuvenate the resource the battle is ultimately won or lost at the soil surface.  Adam will discuss methods that have proven successful for his geographic area as well as share methods and strategies to ensure the soil is covered no matter the geographic location.

2:45-4:00 Equipment Considerations for Transition, Paul Jasa, University of Nebraska Extension

Paul Jasa has 30 years of experience with no-till systems, crop rotations and cover crops. His work at the University of Nebraska's Rogers Memorial Farm is known worldwide. As an engineer, Paul has made equipment modifications to the planters and equipment on Rogers Memorial Farm and he has evaluated hundreds of implments, equiment modifiations, add-ons. He has consulted with thousands of farmers struggling with seed placement, residue management, planting down pressure, and soil conditions. Paul will share his experiences and tips for successful planting. 

4:00-5:00 Question and Answer