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SOIL 2021 - Our Soils: Our Future

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SOIL 2021 brings together farmers, landowners, conservationists, local officials & others interested in the future of Iowa’s land and water.

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** New Date: November 17, 2021**

Greetings from Drake. I am writing to let you know we have decided to postpone the SOIL 2021 conference from the original date of Wednesday September 15th until Wednesday November 17th. We believe this is the most responsible decision we can make for the health and safety of our attendees, speakers, and students. While it is impossible to predict exactly what conditions will be like in mid-November we can all hope the dust will have settled a bit and the current rate of COVID 19 infections will have declined – such that more people are comfortable with an indoor conference of this type. Plus, harvest will be behind us.

For those who know you are not available on November 17th I am sorry we will miss your participation this year. For people who registered for the conference through Eventbrite, their registrations will be held over until November, unless a refund is requested.

The Spark dinner originally scheduled for the evening of September 15th is also being postponed until November 17th and will still feature Art Cullen as the keynote speaker.

Thanks again for your interest in SOIL 2021 and I hope you understand our decision for this delay. We look forward to seeing you in November and will be in touch with further communications as the date draws closer. Stay safe and have a good fall

SOIL 2021 brings together farmers, landowners, conservationists, local officials and others interested in the future of Iowa’s land and water for a full day of presentations and conversations. The key theme of the day is Our Soils: Our Future and many speakers will focus on the unique role soil conservation, soil health, and water management play in creating productive farms.

Iowa’s soil and water conservation districts have played a historic role and several speakers will discuss how the districts can be re-energized to address current challenges. There is growing recognition of the impact climate change has on agriculture and several speakers will discuss how farmers can help lead the efforts to address climate issues. Speakers will also discuss the potential role of legal tools such as conservation easements, to promote conservation on working lands. The final panel will examine new opportunities and challenges for farmers, landowners and conservationists.

If you are interested in learning more about what is happening with Iowa’s land, water, and soils then attending SOIL 2021 should be in your plans.

Registration is $75 per person or $100 for couples; $50 for soil and water conservation district commissioners and staff.

More information, including the list of speakers and a detailed agenda, can be viewed on the Drake Ag Law Center website. Drake's COVID protocol requires that all attendees wear masks when not eating or drinking. Social distancing will be attempted to the extent possible. Vaccination is preferred to help reduce risk. Drake's full COVID protocol is available on the COVID response page.

Wednesday Nov. 17th, Olmsted Center, Drake University [COVID protocol/requirements provided prior to conference ]

8:00 – 8:30 - Registration and Breakfast, sponsored by the Dr. Richard Deming Foundation: Cultivating Compassion

8:30 – 8:35 – Welcome - Prof. Jennifer Zwagerman, director, Agricultural Law Center

8:35 – 8:50 - Conference Overview – Prof. Neil Hamilton, emeritus director, conference organizer, and Dallas County Soil and Water Conservation District commissioner

8:50 – 9:25 - Energizing Iowa’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts

9:25 – 10:10 – Farmers Leading on Climate Change Solutions

10:10 – 10:25 – networking break – sponsored by Iowa Interfaith Power and Light

10:25 – 11:15 Using Corporate Sustainability Funds to Support Better Farming

11:15 – 12:00 – Candid Perspectives on Iowa’s Water Quality: Where are We Today and Where are We Headed

12:00 – 1:10 Lunch and featured speakers, sponsored by Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation

1:10 – 1:50 Manage Water on the Land and Soil Health (and Carbon) Will Follow

1:50 – 2:40 Iowa Land: New Opportunities for Conserving Private Land

2:40 – 3:25 Pulling Opportunities Together: Ideas Iowans Need to Consider

3:25 – 3:40 Afternoon Break, sponsored by the Conservation Districts of Iowa

3:40 – 4:15 Questions and Discussion with Speakers

4:15 – 4:30 Wrap-Up and Concluding Thoughts - Prof. Neil Hamilton

The conference will be followed by an Evening “Spark” Banquet at the Izaak Walton League of Des Moines, starting at 5:00 pm. The Banquet includes a Cocktail Reception, Dinner, and featured speaker Art Cullen, Storm Lake newsman and reports on the health of the Raccoon River. Tickets to the Banquet are $50 per person– proceeds benefit river protection in Iowa. A link to the full banquet invitation is provided here. For banquet tickets and additional information contact: mike.delaney1@me.com or christineanncurry@gmail.com

SOIL 2021 is organized and hosted by the Drake University Agricultural Law Center, with financial support from the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, the Dr. Richard Deming Foundation: Cultivating Compassion, the Conservation Districts of Iowa, and Iowa Interfaith Power and Light; with support from the Dallas County Soil and Water Conservation District, the North Raccoon Watershed Association, and the Panora Conservation Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America.

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