SOIL 2019 – Searching for Solutions for Iowa’s Lan

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Drake University Olmsted Center

2507 University Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50311

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SOIL 2019 is premised on searching for creative solutions and new approaches to protect our soil and water.

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On November 4th, the Drake University Agricultural Law Center, in cooperation with other conservation organizations, will host the latest in the series of SOIL – “Sustaining Our Iowa Land” – conferences. The focus of SOIL 2019 is searching for creative solutions and new ideas to protect Iowa’s water and land. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from many of Iowa’s leading conservationists – people leading the efforts and research behind the new approaches we need to explore. If you share concerns about what Iowa is doing to protect our water and land please plan to attend SOIL 2019 on November 4th. More details can be found on the Center’s website at http://aglawcenter.wp.drake.edu

SOIL 2019 is organized and hosted by the Drake University Agricultural Law Center. Financial support is provided by the Amy P. Goldman Foundation, Des Moines Water Works, and USDA National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment. The conference is held in cooperation with Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, and the University of Iowa Flood Center.

Schedule of Events (Tentative/Draft)

7:30 am – 8:20 am – Registration and Breakfast

8:20 am – 8:30 am – Welcome Prof. Jennifer Zwagerman, director, Drake University Agricultural Law Center

8:30 am – 8:45 am – Conference Kickoff – Why Iowa Needs New Thinking about Protecting Water and Land Prof. Neil Hamilton, Drake University, conference host and organizer

8:45 am – 10:00 am – Do We Need 5 R’s? Chris Jones and Larry Weber from the University of Iowa’s Hydrology lab, Iowa City, with Susan Judkins, president Watershed Management Authorities of Iowa

10:00 am – 10:15 am – Networking Break

10:15 am – 11:15 am – Soils: We Can Do BetterDr. Jerry Hatfield, director, USDA National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, Ames, with Ray Gaesser and Katie Rock

11:20 am – 12:20 pm – The Values of Farmer Led Climate Action: the moral call to stewardship AND real money!Matt Russell, Iowa Interfaith Power & Light, with Mollie Aronowitz, People’s Company, and Justin Jordan, Iowa farmer.

12:20 pm – 1:30 pm – Luncheon Panel discussion: Spending formula if IWILL tax increase passes:

  • Rep. Chris Hall, Spirit Lake, confirmed,
  • Rep. John Wills, Spirit Lake, confirmed,
  • Ray Gaesser, Corning, Iowa farm leader,
  • Joe McGovern, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, moderator

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm – Public Health Issues and Increased Water-based Recreation - Dr. Peter Levi, Drake University and Patricia Boddy, Great Outdoors Foundation, with Ted Corrigan, interim director Des Moines Water Works

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm – A Green Infrastructure Fund and Re-energized SWCDsJohn Norwood, Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District, commissioner, with Robert Brownell, Polk County Supervisor, and Rich Leopold, director, Polk County Conservation Board

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm – Networking Break

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm – Using Conservation Easements to Protect Public Values on Private LandsJoe McGovern and Anna Gray, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF), with Seth Watkins, Pinhook Farm

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm – Missing Links: Adding a Real Policy Strategy to the Nutrient Reduction StrategyProf. Neil Hamilton, Drake University, an open discussion with conference attendees

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Drake University Olmsted Center

2507 University Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50311

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