About the Annual Meeting

The 7th Soil Health Institute Annual Meeting was an engaging virtual event bringing people together from across the agriculture industry to share their knowledge, experience, and ideas for Scaling Up Soil Health!

Session Topics

  • SHI’s Recommended Measurements for Assessing Soil Health at Scale: Scientific Basis and Practical Application
  • Farmers’ Experiences with Adopting Soil Health Systems
  • Engaging Commodities for Scaling Regenerative Soil Health Systems
  • Climate Change Mitigation through Soil Health: Integrating Local to Global Initiatives
  • Creating Impactful Learning Opportunities in Soil Health Education Programs

About The Soil Health Institute

The Soil Health Institute is a global non-profit with a mission to safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soil through scientific research and advancement. We bring together leaders in soil health science and the industry to help farmers, ranchers, and landowners adopt soil health systems that build drought resilience, stabilize yield, and benefit their bottom line. The Institute’s team of scientists, holding doctorates in various soil science and related disciplines, has developed highly effective soil health targets and standardized measurements to quantify progress at achieving regenerative and sustainable agricultural systems and leads the cutting-edge fields of carbon sequestration and decoding the soil microbiome. Healthy soils are the foundation for rejuvenating our land. Together, we can create a secure future for all, mitigate the effects of climate change, and help agriculture and organizations meet production and environmental goals at scale.


Videos

Speakers

Jason Ackerson, Ph.D.

Research Soil Scientist
Soil Health Institute

Dianna Bagnall, Ph.D.

Research Soil Scientist
Soil Health Institute

Amanda Branham

Director of Soil Health Division
USDA NRCS

Karl J. Czymmek

Vice President of Agronomy
Dairy Management Inc.

Dr. Jesse Daystar

Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of Sustainability
Cotton Incorporated

Jennifer Doelman

Owner
Bonnechere Haven Farms

Jane Ewing

Senior Vice President for Sustainability,
Walmart

Samantha Fahrbach

Sustainability Lead for Nature
Ralph Lauren

Jeffrey Hogue

Chief Sustainability Officer
Levi Strauss & Co

C. Wayne Honeycutt, Ph.D.

President and CEO
Soil Health Institute

Maja Krzic, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
University of British Columbia

David Lamm, B.S.

Soil Health Educator
Soil Health Institute

Devon Leahy

Head of Sustainability
Ralph Lauren

Daniel Liptzin, Ph.D.

Research Soil Scientist
Soil Health Institute

Paul Luu, Ph.D.

Executive Secretary
4 per 1000 Initiative

Deepika Mishra, Ph.D.

Global Sustainability Advisor
Cotton Council International

Cristine Morgan, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer
Soil Health Institute

Rob Myers, Ph.D.

Regional Director of Extension Programs
USDA SARE

Jess Newman

Senior Director of Agriculture and Sustainability
McCain Foods

LaKisha Odom, Ph.D.

Scientific Program Director
Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research

Cameron Ogilvie, M.S.

Soil Health Educator
Soil Health Institute

Byron Rath, B.A.

Chief Impact Officer
Soil Health Institute

Jeannie Renné-Malone

Vice President for Global Sustainability
VF Corporation

Jamie Ridgely

Program Development and Carbon Lead
Truterra, LLC

Elizabeth (Liz) Rieke, Ph.D.

Soil Microbiome Scientist
Soil Health Institute

Loutrina Staley, Ph.D.

Soil Scientist,
Director of DEI
Soil Health Institute

Sessions

Thursday, August 11

9:45 am

Log-in

Dr. Wayne Honeycutt, Soil Health Institute

Jane Ewing, Senior V-P for Sustainability, Walmart

10:20-10:25 Introduction to the U.S. Regenerative Cotton Fund
Dr. Cristine Morgan, Soil Health Institute

10:25-11:00 Farmers’ Experiences with Regenerative Soil Health Systems
Moderator: David Lamm, Soil Health Institute

    Panelists:

  1. Lamont Bridgeforth, Farmer, Alabama
  2. Adam Chappell, Farmer, Arkansas
  3. Barry Evans, Farmer, Texas
  4. Richard Gaona, Farmer, Texas

11:00-11:30 Manufacturer and Retailer Goals
Moderator: Byron Rath, Soil Health Institute

    Panelists:

  1. Samantha Fahrbach, Ralph Lauren
  2. Jeff Hogue, Levi Strauss & Co.
  3. Jeannie Renné-Malone, VF

11:30-12:00 Supply Chain Insights and Standards
Moderator: Devon Leahy, Ralph Lauren

    Panelists:

  1. Claire Bergkamp, Textile Exchange
  2. Dr. Jesse Daystar, Cotton Inc.
  3. Dr. Deepika Mishra, Advisor to Cotton Council International and US Cotton Trust Protocol
  4. Laila Petrie, 2050

12:00 pm

Break

Moderator: Dr. Cristine Morgan, Soil Health Institute

Welcome
Dr. Cristine Morgan, Soil Health Institute

1:05-1:25 Comparing Strategies for Assessing Soil Carbon Stocks
Dr. Jason Ackerson, Soil Health Institute

1:25-1:45 Learnings & Insights from Truterra’s Carbon Program
Jamie Ridgely, Truterra

1:45-2:05 Soil Health and Climate Smart Agriculture in NRCS
Alyssa Charney, USDA-NRCS and Amanda Branham, USDA-NRCS

2:05-2:25 Dairy Soil and Water Regeneration Project Supporting US Dairy 2050 Goals
Karl Czymmek, Dairy Management, Inc.

2:25-2:45 Soils for Food Security and Climate: The International “4 per 1000” Initiative, 7 years After Its Inception
Dr. Paul Luu, 4 per 1000 Initiative

Dr. Cristine Morgan, Soil Health Institute

3:00 pm

Close for Day One

Friday, August 12

Dr. Loutrina Staley, Soil Health Institute

10:00-10:10 Opening Comments
Moderator: Dr. LaKisha Odom, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research

10:10-10:30 Approach for Evaluating Soil Health Measurements
Dr. Wayne Honeycutt, Soil Health Institute

10:30-11:00 Effective Measurements for Assessing Management Impacts on Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles
Dr. Daniel Liptzin, Soil Health Institute

11:00-11:20 Effective Measurements for Assessing Management Impacts on the Water Cycle
Dr. Dianna Bagnall, Soil Health Institute

11:20-11:40 Insights from Assessing Management Impacts on the Soil Microbiome
Dr. Liz Rieke, Soil Health Institute

11:40-12:00 SHI’s Recommended Measurements for Scaling Soil Health Assessments Continentally
Dr. Cristine Morgan, Soil Health Institute

12:00 pm

Break

1:00 Welcome
Dr. Loutrina Staley, Soil Health Institute

1:00-1:10 Opening Comments
Jess Newman, McCain Foods

1:10-2:40 Moderator and Panelist
Cameron Ogilvie, Soil Health Institute

    Panelists:

  1. Jennifer Doelman, Farmer, Ontario
  2. Dr. Maja Krzic, Univ. of British Columbia
  3. Dr. Rob Myers, Center for Regenerative Agriculture & USDA-SARE

Dr. Cristine Morgan and Dr. Wayne Honeycutt, Soil Health Institute

Dr. Wayne Honeycutt, Soil Health Institute

Sponsors

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U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Logo
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