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Clemson Soil Health Conference 2019

  • Madren Conference Center & Inn 230 Madren Center Drive Clemson, SC 29634 (map)

Building Soil Health: Principles, Practices and Profitability

South Carolina agriculture producers have identified soil health training as a critical need, including information on new developments in the science of soil health, and on advanced topics such as cover crop mixtures to achieve specific goals, innovative management strategies like inter-cropping and relay cropping, and how cultural practices that build soil health can mitigate negative impacts of extreme weather on farms.

This Conference is being organized by the Clemson Sustainable Agriculture Program in collaboration with Clemson Extension, the University of South Carolina and stakeholder organizations with support from the Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture (SARE) Program. The Conference objectives are to: 1) Discuss new scientific discoveries that inform the latest recommendations to build health soil; 2) Hear from farmers who have implemented innovative approaches for building a resilient system; 3) Engage with farmers, Extension personnel and other ag professionals to address soil health challenges and opportunities, and 4) Provide tools for teaching soil health for agriculture professionals who work with farmers.

On Day One of the conference soil health experts will provide an historical perspective on soil health in the U.S. and discuss critical components of soil health management including basic soil health principles, soil biology, and indicators of soil health. Day One will also feature breakout sessions on specific soil health management practices for livestock, row crop and horticultural producers, and a facilitated discussion on the economics of soil health. 

Day Two of the conference will offer special extended programming on “Tools for Teaching Soil Health”, for Extension agents and other agriculture professionals who work with farmers. Sessions will include overviews of various soil health testing methods and indicators, and hands-on demonstrations of on-farm activities that can be used for teaching soil health.

CEUs will be offered for registered Certified Crop Advisors and/or Pesticide Applicators.