NORTHEASTERN COLORADO PROGRESSIVE AG SYMPOSIUM

This is a great opportunity to explore new ideas in the world of agriculture. Speakers include educators, industry professionals, government officials as well as farmers and ranchers like you!

IRRIGATION
GRAZING LAND
CROPS
SOIL HEALTH

JOIN US FOR THIS 2-DAY EDUCATIONAL AND INFORMATIONAL EVENT.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD & THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH
8 AM – 5 PM / DOUBLE TREE HOTEL / GREELEY, CO

RSVP TODAY TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT AT THIS FREE EVENT!

Lunch is included when you RSVP by October 22nd.

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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Jill Clapperton PhD

Jill Clapperton PhD is the Principal Scientist and CEO of Rhizoterra Inc, she is an internationally recognized educator on how to create and maintain healthy productive soils that produce tasty nutrient dense food. Jill has a PhD in Plant Ecophysiology, and worked as the Rhizosphere Ecologist for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for 16 years before founding Rhizoterra Inc (a USA based company). Jill also sits as a board member for the Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association coordinating the Farmed Smart regenerative agriculture verifying program in partnership with the Washington State Department of Ecology- a program created by farmers for farmers to comply with environmental and consumer regulations.

Rhizoterra is a partner in Our Grounded Growth, Open Teams and the Real Food Campaign supporting the development of- and adapting- new technologies that build transparency into our ecosystem services and food supply chains. We know that healthy soils diversify and regenerate essential ecosystem services; improving air and water quality, the health of ourselves and our animals, and so much more.

Rhizoterra Inc is an international food security consulting company helping people, organizations, and corporations create healthy productive soils that grow tasty nutrient dense food in a way that honours the farming culture and regenerates environmental integrity.

Jimmy Emmons

Jimmy Emmons and his family own and manage 2,000 cropland acres and 5,000 rangeland acres in Dewey County, OK. The farm was converted to no-till in 1995, and Jimmy later went a few steps further and adopted crop rotations, cover crops and planned grazing management to decrease soil erosion and increase water infiltration. In addition to conventional soil testing, Emmons uses specialized soil and plant tissue testing to monitor soil fertility. This helps him adjust fertilizer application rates by crediting the system for nutrients supplied by soil organic matter.

In 2017, Emmons Farm received the inaugural Oklahoma Leopold Conservation Award Given, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources. Emmons served as President of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts and on the board of the Dewey County Conservation District. Until being appointed by Secretary Perdue to serve as FPAC Regional Coordinator of the Southern plains Region For USDA. OK, TX, NM, CO And KS. And reports directly to Undersecretary Bill Northey.

Brendon Rockey

Brendon Rockey is a third generation farmer in Center, Colorado. On Rockey Farms, he raises specialty potatoes and quinoa among cover crop fields, all cultivated in a living environment. Companion crops, animals, cover crops and flowers replace synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. The 500-acre, irrigated farming system sustains yields, has greater water efficiency and it supports a flourishing ecosystem encouraging beneficial insects, soil microbes and carbon cycling.

At 7,600 feet above sea level, Rockey Farms also produces cide-free, year-round certified seed potatoes in a greenhouse while operating an off-farm packaging warehouse.

Brendon’s biotic management system is founded on carbon cycling and diversity. He explains how synthetic inputs and the absence of life breakdown soil resiliency and, in turn, how a biological farming system supports not only soil health, but the overall farm’s health. Brendon will share the science behind his approach and how he continues to build on soil health fundamentals with regard to his available resources.

Visit www.brendonrockey.com to learn more about Rockey Farms and Biotic Potatoes.

2021 SYMPOSIUM AGENDA

Wednesday, November 3rd

8:00-8:30 a.m.

Registration Open in Lobby

8:30-9:20 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Benefits of Healthy Soil – Jill Clapperton

9:30-10:30 a.m.
SOUTH PLATTE

Soil Analysis & Understanding the Test Results:
Dr. Nick Ward – Ward Labs

CACHE LA POUDRE

Moisture – An efficient system of farming in the Great Plains that actually makes money:
Dale Stickler

UNC BEARS

Using Infrared Thermometry to Schedule Irrigation with Limited Water:
Kendall DeJonge

CENTENNIAL AB

Research & New Developments in Soil Health:
Jim Ippolito

10:30-11:00 a.m.

Visit the Vendors

11:00-12:00 a.m.
SOUTH PLATTE

Land Institute Intro – Perennial Grains & Kerza:
Tessa Peters

CACHE LA POUDRE

Farming with No-Till:
Nate Northup

UNC BEARS

The Irrigated Farmer Experience:
Rob Johnson

CENTENNIAL AB

Digging into the Dirty Details of Strip-Till:
Mike Petersen

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Lunch in the Lobby

1:00-2:00 p.m.
SOUTH PLATTE

Wildlife Habitat Impacts:
Noe Marymor

CACHE LA POUDRE

Soil Microbiom:
Jill Clapperton

UNC BEARS

Colorado Soil Health Program:
Cindy Lair

CENTENNIAL AB

Biotic Farming Fundamentals:
Brendon Rockey

2:00-2:30 p.m.

Visit the Vendors

2:30-3:30 p.m.
SOUTH PLATTE

Soil Health – Expectations and Evidence:
Dr. Virginia Jin

CACHE LA POUDRE

MAD AG – Soil Microbiome:
Clark Harshbarger

UNC BEARS

Grazing for Soil Health:
Jimmy Emmons

CENTENNIAL AB

Biotic Farming Fundamentals:
Brendon Rockey

Thursday, November 4th

8:30-9:20 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Jimmy Emmons

DATE/TIME

9:30-10:30 a.m.
SOUTH PLATTE

Soil Analysis & Understanding the Test Results:
Dr. Nick Ward – Ward Labs

CACHE LA POUDRE

Using Infrared Thermometry to Schedule Irrigation with Limited Water:
Kendall DeJonge

UNC BEARS

The Irrigated Farmer Experience:
Rob Johnson

CENTENNIAL AB

Biotic Farming Applications:
Brendon Rockey

10:30-11:00 a.m.

Visit the Vendors

11:00-12:00 a.m.
SOUTH PLATTE

Colorado Soil Health Program:
Cindy Lair

CACHE LA POUDRE

Digging into the Dirty Details of Strip-Till:
Mike Petersen

UNC BEARS

Research & New Developments in Soil Health:
Jim Ippolito

CENTENNIAL AB

Biotic Farming Applications:
Brendon Rockey

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Lunch in the Lobby

1:00-2:00 p.m.
SOUTH PLATTE

Wildlife Habitat Impacts:
Noe Marymor

CACHE LA POUDRE

Soil Microbiom:
Jill Clapperton

UNC BEARS

Farming with No-Till:
Nate Northup

CENTENNIAL AB

Grazing and Soil Health:
Jimmy Emmons

2:00-2:30 p.m.

Visit the Vendors

2:30-3:30 p.m.
SOUTH PLATTE

Soil Health – Expectations and Evidence:
Dr. Virginia Jin

CACHE LA POUDRE

MAD AG – Soil Microbiome:
Clark Harshbarger

UNC BEARS

Moisture – An efficient system of farming in the Great Plains that actually makes money:
Dale Stickler

CENTENNIAL AB

Management Levers to Increase Soil Health in Colorado Farming Systems:
Dr. Steven J. Fonte – CSU

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