Monday, June 23

7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration and Information

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Congress Opening Session

Welcome, Sponsor Recognition and Overview of Program

9:00 am – 9:45 am

Opening Keynote: A Case for Global Soil Restoration – Dr. David Montgomery

9:45 am – 10:15 am

Trade Show/Networking Break

10:15 am – 11:45 am

Panel Discussion: Conservation in North America, Regional Perspectives – David Lobb, Moderator

Panel Dialogue with Q & A Discussion

Panelists: Kristine Nichols, Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Steve Groff, Seth Watkins

11:45 am – 1:15 pm


1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Session 1: Conservation Agriculture: Building Sustainability –  The path towards sustainability requires innovation and partnerships. The experiences of these speakers will provide valuable lessons of how conservation agriculture contributes to moving down this path.    

Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Moderator – Overview of the session

Dennis Bulani  – Thinking About Your Thinking

Breana Behrens  – The Importance of Providing Landowners with the Full Spectrum of Information and Resources on Conservation Agriculture

Dennis Haak  – Adoption Trends of Environmentally Sustainable Practices on Canadian Farms

Beth Poganski – REACHing out: An Innovative Participatory Approach to Conservation Integration in Agriculture

Amir Kassam – Sustainable Intensification and Conservation Agriculture

Moti Jaleta  – Resource Saving and Productivity Impacts of Conservation Agriculture in Ethiopia

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Session 2: Conservation Agriculture: Soil Health/Biology as Key Factors – Conservation agriculture extends below the soil surface to help foster an environment that promotes and sustains biological activity. These papers provide a view of how to understand the critical role of soil biology.

Wade Thomason, Moderator – Overview of the session

Jill Clapperton  – Healthy Soil is the Foundation of Civilizations

Chandra Sekhar Praharaj – Technological Interventions for Strategic Management of Water in Conserving Natural Resources

Lilian Mbuthia  – Continuous Cotton Effects on Microbial Community Structures after Long-term (31 years) of Conservation Tillage in West Tennessee

Marie Bartz – No-Tillage Improves Earthworm Species Richness in Southern Brazil

Ramesh Kumar Sharma – Influence of Tillage and Residue Management Practices on Weeds in Rice-wheat Cropping Systems

Menale Kassie – The Role of Conservation Agriculture Practices in Production Risks, Crop Income and Agro-chemical Use

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Session 3: Conservation Agriculture: Innovative Adoption by Producers – Adoption of conservation agriculture is dependent upon producers and their innovative ideas and methods. This session will provide insights into how effective conservation agriculture can be used to achieve sustainability.

Tom Goddard, Moderator – Overview of the session                                  

Pauline Mele  – Harnessing the Biological Potential of Australian Grain Production Soils

Richard Bell – Entrepreneurship and the Adoption of Conservation Agriculture by Smallholder Farmers: Key Learning from Bangladesh

Christian Thierfelder  – Identifying new Sustainable Intensification Pathways for Smallholder Farmers in Southern Africa

Yigezu A. Yigezu  – Measuring the Impacts of Conservation Tillage on Household Income and Consumption: A Syrian Case

Jeffrey Mitchell  – Development and Expansion of Conservation Agriculture Systems in California’s Central Valley

Jill Wheeler – The Good Growth Plan

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Poster Viewing/Trade Show/Networking Break

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Reception at the Winnipeg Convention Centre

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Dinner at the Winnipeg Convention Centre

Join us after dinner for ‘True Confessions of our Cover Crop Adventures’ as three farmers from different areas of the U.S reflect and share stories of the highs, lows, memorable moments and victories of implementing cover crop strategies on their farms.