Midwest Cover Crops Council Conference set for Feb. 23-25

Iowa State University Extension
Farm Forum

The countdown is on to the Midwest Cover Crops Council Conference is on.

Organized by OMAFRA, the Ridgetown Business Development Centre, and SOILS AT GUELPH, this virtual conference will run Feb. 23-25.

This year’s theme is “Making Connections: Soil Health, Cover Crops, and People.” For only $35, attendees get access to 10 live discussions and the ability re-watch the sessions for one month following the conference.

Feb. 23 is the annual business meeting and will include updates from Ontario and 12 Midwestern states. Several MCCC partners will also share updates. This is a great opportunity to learn about cover crop research and programs across the Midwest.

Kickstarting the conference on the evening of Feb. 23, Jenn Doelman, Odette Ménard, Greg Hannam and Philip Shaw will discuss “Finding Common Ground on Cover Crops.” Moderated by Lauren Van Ewyck, this panel will hone in on where cover crops can meet everyone’s shared goals.

On Feb. 24, three of the world’s leading soil biologists will share how science’s latest achievements can improve our management of the living soil. The keynote conversation will feature management thinker Roger L. Martin, who will join Mel Luymes to lay out the principles for achieving a balance of efficiency with resilience in agriculture. Crystal Mackay (Loft32), Dan Petker (CCA-ON), Dr. Alfons Weersink (University of Guelph) and Cher Mereweather (Provision Coalition) will further unpack what these principles mean for the agri-food industry.

Feb. 25 rounds out the conference by offering system-specific sessions for grain and oilseed producers, vegetable growers and livestock farmers. Catch David Hooker, Rodney Rulon, Julie Grossman, Ried Allaway, Marie Shea Melissa Wilson and more during Thursday’s sessions.

When you’ve poured your afternoon hot beverage, join the Cover Crop Coffee Breaks at 3 p.m. on Feb. 24 and 25 to chat with more cover crop experts.

This event is sponsored by the Ontario Agricultural College, Syngenta, the Grain Farmers of Ontario, the Mosaic Company, and Cribit Seeds.

Visit https://www.ineventors.com/mccc21/ to register and view the full conference lineup.