Building Soil Health: Principles, Practices, and Profitability
October 28 - October 29
This Conference is being organized by the Clemson University Sustainable Agriculture Program in collaboration with Clemson Extension, the University of South Carolina and stakeholder organizations with support from USDA Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture (SARE) Program. The Conference objectives are to 1) Discuss new scientific discoveries that inform the latest recommendations to build health soil; 2) Hear from farmers who have implemented innovative approaches for building a resilient system; 3) Engage with farmers, Extension personnel and other ag professionals to address soil health challenges and opportunities; 4) Provide tools for teaching soil health for agriculture professionals who work with farmers.
During this conference soil health experts will provide an historical perspective on soil health in the U.S. and discuss critical components of soil health management including basic soil health principles, biology of regenerative soils, and new indicators of soil health. It will feature breakout sessions on specific soil health management practices for livestock, row crop and horticultural producers, and conclude with a facilitated discussion on the economics of soil health.
Day Two of the conference will offer special extended programming on “Tools for Teaching Soil Health”, for Extension agents and other agriculture professionals who work with farmers. Sessions will include a panel discussion with soil health experts on teaching soil health to farmers, overviews of various soil health testing methods and indicators, and hands-on demonstrations of on-farm activities that can be used for teaching soil health.