2019 Conference Draft Agenda

Tuesday, November 19 – Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Graduate Hotel, Minneapolis, MN

Over, Under, Through to CLC
Strong partners, new allies, and fresh perspectives moving continuous living cover (CLC) farming forward.

The way we farm can be the solution to big challenges – climate, water, wildlife, vibrant rural communities.

Attendees at our previous GLBW conference dug deep into robust discussions, highlighting major barriers to increasing CLC across the agricultural landscape: markets and economic drivers, policy, research and information gaps, systems factors, and the most mentioned hurdle: mindset and message — human inertia stuck in the status quo.

Farming now faces new norms with chaotic weather, economic uncertainty, social divisions, and increasing pressure to deliver both quality products and environmental benefits. Collaborative solutions are more important than ever, and the benefits of continuous living cover farming go way beyond the farm gate.

At this year’s conference, learn how grounded champions, who have worked for decades to change agricultural paradigms, are collaborating with the next generation of agricultural leaders and new allies in creative partnerships to break (or not break) new ground, keeping our soil and our communities rooted as we endeavor to create a resilient agriculture. Plan to come away lifted by the voices of many determined allies moving this important work forward, together.

DAY 1: Tuesday, November 19 Morning

7:15 – 8:00 Breakfast and Registration

8:00 – 8:30 Welcome

*All sessions in Meridian Ballroom unless otherwise noted
Erin Meier – Green Lands Blue Waters, Director
Thom Petersen – Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Commissioner 

8:30 – 9:30 Keynote       Meridian Ballroom
Ricardo Salvador – Union of Concerned Scientist

9:30 – 9:45 Break

9:45 – 11:00 Taking Stock.       Meridian Ballroom

What is the data telling us about where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going?

Moderator: Steve Morse

How are we doing on State Nutrient Reduction Strategies?

Dave Wall – Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Will Meyers – Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Water Quality Initiative Projects Coordinator

What are we learning from the climate data?

Quantifying Soil Heath, Carbon Sequestration, and Green House Gas Emissions

Michelle Wander – University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Director Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Program

Grasslands, Climate and Cattle:  It’s Complicated

Mark Rasmussen – Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Director

11:00 – 11:45 How multi-functional agriculture can be a solution.

Sarah Lovel – Mizzou Center for Agroforestry, Director

11:45 – 12:30 Lunch

DAY 1: Tuesday, November 19 Afternoon & Evening

12:30 – 1:00 Welcome Back & Farmer Voices       Meridian Ballroom

1:00 – 2:00 Lightning Talks       Meridian Ballroom

Incorporating Prairie Filter Strips into Watershed Partnerships
Greg Olson – Sand County Foundation, Field Projects Director
Leveraging Productive Conservation
Lauren Langworthy – MOSES (Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education
Services), Interim Executive Director

Perennial Pasture, Perpetual Pollinators, and POWER
Rob Davis – Fresh Energy, Director – Center for Pollinators in Energy
Fall Covers for Spring Savings
Kris Reynolds – American Farmland Trust, Midwest Deputy Director

Equity is Everyone’s Responsibility – How Ag. Orgs can Do Better
Terry VanDerPol – Land Stewardship Project, Community Based Food Systems

Soil & Climate – New research Trends and Highlights
Jessica Gutknecht – UMN Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, Associate

2:00 – 2:30 Poster Session & Networking Break

2:30 – 3:45 Markets & Economic Drivers for Continuous Living Cover

Market Trends:
Consumers & Companies Supporting Regenerative Ag.
Tammy Kimbler – Cascadian Farm | Muir Glen, Associate Marketing
Communications Manager

Valuing Soil, Water and Climate:
The Grass is Greener: The Potential of Generating Ecosystem Services
Revenue Streams from Well-Managed Pasture
Jon Winsten – Winrock International

NORI’s Carbon Removal Marketplace:
A blockchain-backed marketplace designed for companies and
Individuals to pay farmers to restore their soil health and pull carbon
dioxide out of the air.
Ryan Anderson – NORI, Supply Development Lead

Panel discussion with presenters.

3:45 – 4:00 Break

4:00 – 5:30 Continuous Living Cover Strategies – Break out Sessions


Cover Crops    
Perennial Biomass     

Perennial Forage     

Perennial Grains     

*3:45 – 5:30 Special 2019 Session: Silvopasture         Pathways Room
*note special start time – 15 minutes earlier than other break out sessions

5:15 – 7:00 CLC Reception!


DAY 2: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 Morning

7:15 – 8:00 Breakfast and Registration

8:00 – 8:30 Welcome       Meridian Ballroom

8:15 – 9:00 Day 1 Reflection and Ecospheric Thinking
Aubrey Streit Krug – The Land Institute, Director of Ecospheric Studies 

9:00 – 9:30 Measuring Up. 

How are you defining success at your organization and in your work? What are
we good at measuring and what are we missing?

9:30 – 10:00 Networking Break

10:00 – 11:00 Allies for CLC Breakout Sessions

Highlighting new and different partnerships coming together to create
change on the landscape..

Grasslands 2.0    
Randy Jackson – UW Madison Agronomy, Professor

More speakers to be announced.

Protecting MN Drinking Water Sources with Perennials    
Placement on DWSMAs (Drinking Water Supply Management Areas)
Peter Lafontaine – Friends of the Mississippi River, Agricultural Policy Manager

More speakers to be announced.    

More session and speaker info to come…

11:00 – 12:00 What kind of world is possible through continuous living cover farming?

Julie Ristau – Main Street Project, Executive Director

Passing the Torch panel, speakers to be announced.

12:00 – 12:30 Closing

12:30 Lunch

Boxed lunches provided. Stay and chat with colleagues or take your lunch on the