Tuesday, June 24

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:00 am – 9:45 am

Panel Session: Conservation Agriculture: A World Perspective – Panel Dialogue with Q & A Discussion. Jerry Hatfield, Moderator with Panelists: Bill Crabtree, Australia; Gerard Rass, France; Maria Beatriz Giraudo, Argentina; Frederic Thomas, France                                 

9:45 am – 10:15 am

Trade Show/Networking Break

10:15 am – 12:00 pm

Morning Concurrent Sessions

Session 4: Conservation Agriculture: Components of Sustainability – Sustainability is a goal of all farming systems and conservation agriculture can be one of the cornerstones to help achieve sustainability in many different environments.

Sjoerd Duiker, Moderator 

Rene Van Acker – The Development and Adoption of Conservation Agriculture in Canada: From the Ecological to the Cultural

Aziz Nurbekov – Status of Conservation Agriculture in Central Asia

Cheryl Reese – Landscape Position and Winter Cover Crops Impact on Northern Great Plains Corn (Zea mays) Yield and N and Water Cycling

Brian Sims –  Mechanization of Conservation Agriculture in Zambia: Lessons Learnt and Future Directions

Frederic Baudron Appropriate and Equitable Mechanization in Africa Through Conservation Agriculture: Use of  Two-wheel Tractors, and the Involvement of the Private Sector

Yash Dang – Strategic Tillage: Is it a Threat to Conservation Agriculture?

10:15 am – 12:00 pm

Session 5: Conservation Agriculture: Climate Change Impacts –  Climate change will impact agriculture in all areas of the world. Conservation agriculture can provide a method of achieving climate resilience and increase production stability under conditions of increased climate stress.

Gottlieb Basch, Moderator, Overview of Session

Jerry Hatfield  – Conservation Impacts on Climate Resilience

ML Jat – Adaptation to and Mitigation of Climate Change Effects for Future Food Security in South Asia: Is Precision-Conservation Agriculture a Way Forward?

Tadesse Birhanu – Seasonal Climate Variability Dependent Effects of Conservation Agriculture Practices Across Different Agroecologies in Ethiopia

Ram A. Jat – Climate change Mitigation and Adaptation Potential of Conservation Agriculture: Effects on Rainwater Use Efficiency, Runoff, Soil Moisture, Soil Organic Carbon and Energy Use

Stefano Brenna  – Environmental Outcomes of Conservation Agriculture in North Italy

10:15 am – 12:00 pm

Session 6: Conservation Agriculture: Producers as Innovators –  Producers provide insights into the operational framework of farming systems and the experiences gathered from the international community on innovation by producers to help guide improvements in conservation agriculture.

Peter Gamache, Moderator 

Tim Neale – Doubling the Worlds’ Food Production, How New Technology Will Help

Azat Tileumuratov  – The Lessons Learned in the Introduction of Zero Tillage in Dry Conditions in Karakalpakstan

Tom Basden  – Evaluating Farmer Adoption of a set of Precision Nutrient Management Methods

Deivison Santos – Innovative Approaches to Address Challenges and Opportunities to Conservation Agriculture Adoption in the Brazilian Agricultural Frontier

Mahesh Gathala – Improving Livelihood of Resource Poor Farmers Through Conservation Agriculture-based Crop  Management Techniques Under Rice-maize Cropping Systems in Bangladesh

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Lunch featuring Luncheon Keynote: A conversation with Howard G. Buffett, Chairman and CEO – The Howard G. Buffett Foundation

 Moderator: Charlene Finck, Sr. VP, Editorial Content, Farm Journal Media

 Concurrent Sessions

Panel Discussion

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

International Nuffield Scholars on Conservation Agriculture- Chuck Chaitovitz, Moderator with Panelists : Blake Vince, Canada; Natalie Williams, Australia; Stephen Briggs, UK; and Les Keeper, New Zealand

 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Session 7: Nutrient Management: Innovative Use of 4R’s in Conservation Agriculture – Sustainability is a goal of all farming systems and conservation agriculture can be one of the cornerstones to help achieve sustainability in many different environments.

Alan Kruszel, Moderator – Overview of the session

M. Motior Rahman – Nitrogen Recovery and Agronomic Efficiency of Rice Under Tropical Conditions as Affected by Nitrogen Fertilizer and Legume Crop Rotation

Yashpal Singh Saharawat  – Nutrient Dynamics under Conservation Agriculture-based Cropping Systems

John Heard  – Successful 4R Nutrient Stewardship Extension Techniques: Fertilizer Rate, Source and Placement

Mahesh Gathala – Comparative Productivity and Farmers?: Perceptions of Rice-maize System Performance Under Conservation Agriculture in Water-limited Environments of Southern Bangladesh

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Session 8: Conservation Agriculture and the Changing Climate – Climate change is occurring at a faster rate than expected. Being able to cope with this rate of change offers new value to the role conservation agriculture can have in a more sustainable agriculture.

Gottlieb Basch, Moderator – Overview of the session                                 

Ernie Shea – Conservation Agriculture and Coping with Climate

Marlen Eve  – Quantifying Farm-Scale Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in the U.S.: Methods, Challenges and Data Gaps

Li Hongwen  – Conservation Agriculture in China

Shadananan Nair  – Conservation Agriculture: An Option to Overcome the Agricultural Crisis in Kerala

Donald Reicosky  – Carbon: The Synergy Element in No-Tillage and Cover Crops

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Session 9: Adopting Conservation Agriculture to Smallholder Production –  Throughout the world, smallholders are a critical part of the production infrastructure. The experiences discussed in this session will help us understand the limitations smallholders face in implementing conservation agriculture.

Neil Galbraith,  Moderator – Overview of the session

Erick Ruwona, Zimbabwe –  Pitfalls to Avoid and Lessons Learnt for Sustainable Conservation Agriculture Adoption

Saidi Mkomwa, Kenya – Conservation Agriculture for Building Resilient Farming Systems in Africa: Extracts of the Lusaka 25by25, 2014, Congress Declaration

Neil Rowe Miller, Southern Africa -Why Farmers Don’t Do What We Tell Them (And Why Southern Africa It’s a Good Thing) (Co-authors: Putso Nyathi, Mike Salomons)

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Poster Viewing/Trade Show/Networking Break 

4.P Mechanization of Conservation Agriculture

5.P Impacts of Conservation Agriculture on Crop Production

6.P Response of Conservation Agriculture to Stress

3:45 pm (first bus departs)

Departure to Kelburn Farm

5:30 pm – 6:45 pm

Reception and Tours at Kelburn Farm – Join us for an educational and fun-filled evening as we tour this showcase farm and crop development centre. Learn about new products and innovative processes from industry specialists.

6:45 pm – 8:00 pm

Dinner at Kelburn Farm – Enjoy a spectacular “Taste of Manitoba” BBQ

8:15 pm Departure to Winnipeg (first bus departs)