Our Farms, Our Future conference this April features cover crop and soil health content

The the once-in-a-decade Our Farms, Our Future conference will be hosted by SARE and NCAT/ATTRA in St. Louis on April 3-5. This unique event will bring people together to have important conversations about the future of sustainable agriculture. Hundreds of people will be present, including farmers, ranchers, graduate students, researchers, NGO representatives, agency representatives and agribusiness professionals.

There will be plenty of soil health related content to keep you busy. On Tuesday (April 3rd), the Building Soil Health with Cover Crops and Other Strategies breakout track will feature presentations by 11 soil health experts, including farmers, researchers and USDA agency employees. On Wednesday (April 4th), the breakout sessions are issue-focused with almost half of the time in each breakout session devoted to discussion of important issues, many of which intersect with soil health like water challenges, farming and ranching in a changing climate and the intersection of economics and the environment, among others.

And, on Thursday (April 5th), the Soil Health Stewards farm tour will explore how farmers and researchers are working to steward soil health with cover crops, no-till management and other strategies in the St. Louis area. As the website says, “it’s one thing to read about the soil health craze that’s captured the nation, and quite another to visit the farms and research institutions where soil health practices are being put into action. If you’re excited about soil health and ready to learn more, this tour is for you.

The early bird registration deadline for the conference is this Thursday, February 22nd (that’s in TWO days!), after which prices will substantially increase for all attendee types. We offer discounted farmer and graduate student rates.

Additionally, there will be soil health and cover crop organizations present as exhibitors at the conference. The deadline for exhibitor registration is March 27, but space is limited to only 40 organizations so you will want to reserve your spot as soon as you can!