November 19, 2015

Memphis, Tennessee—The Soil and Water Conservation Society, in conjunction with the University of Arkansas, The Ohio State University, and Greenleaf Advisors, will hold the Nutrient Management and Edge of Field Monitoring Conference on December 1-3, 2015, in Memphis, Tennessee.

As several cities and states respond to high nutrient loads in water sources and water quality concerns continue to impact both rural and urban populations, opportunities for researchers, producers, crop consultants, policymakers, and conservation professionals to share expertise and discuss solutions become increasingly important. This conference will examine four important conservation practices: nutrient management and soil amendments, conservation tillage, cover crops, and water management. Presentations will also emphasize the identification and development of methods to document progress in meeting Mississippi River Basin nutrient reduction goals as well as Great Lakes Basin nutrient reduction goals.

The conference will kick off with the Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters Symposium on Tuesday, December 1 at 10:00 a.m. Presenters include leading crop consultants and producers Joe Nester, Dave Brandt, Kristin Weeks Duncanson, and Mike Taylor. Participants will also hear from agricultural experts Warren Dick, Randall Reeder, and Andy Ward, The Ohio State University; Nick Goeser, National Corn Growers Association; and Mike Daniels, University of Arkansas. 

On Wednesday, December 2, the conference will begin with a keynote plenary panel that includes Ann Bartuska, Deputy Under Secretary for USDA's Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area, Ellen Gilinsky, Senior Advisor at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); and Matt Lechtenberg, Water Quality Coordinator, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

The Nutrient Management and Edge of Field Monitoring Conference is supported by Gypsoil, The Fertilizer Institute, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and Verdesian Life Sciences.

For more information about the Nutrient Management and Edge of Field Monitoring Conference, visit /nutrientmanagement. Media are invited to attend the conference and may contact Kim Johnson-Smith,, for additional information.


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