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Expanding Horizons: Where Conservation Meets Innovation
75th SWCS International Annual Conference
July 27 - 29, 2020
This year’s conference theme, “Expanding Horizons: Where Conservation Meets Innovation,” evokes images of the expansive views of the region and the deep and varied soil horizons that make Iowa’s farmland some of the most productive in the world. This year’s theme also speaks to the broadening of individual perceptions and experiences as attendees discover new concepts, partners, and advancements in soil and water research.
The conference featured the latest ideas, technologies, and practices and foster a dialogue around their adoption. Through virtual workshops, sessions, symposia, exhibits, and galleries, cutting-edge research and practice developments in soil health, water quality, and resource management were shared. Scientists and practitioners presented their work at the field, farm, and watershed scale across an array of private and public arenas. Researchers and conservationists teamed up with farmers to share lessons learned and the environmental outcomes of on-farm trials, monitoring, and state-of-the-art precision agricultural tools. Applications of social theories and examples of successful outreach and education enabled attendees to identify ways to scale up grassroots efforts. Participants also heard about policy and economic developments that build a framework to increase conservation adoption and support future generations.
The Soil and Water Conservation Society’s 75th International Annual Conference assembled a diverse, multigenerational conservation community of researchers, practitioners, industry leaders, farmers, and students from around the world.