April 10, 2014

Ankeny, Iowa—Soil and Water Conservation Society has released the preliminary program for the 69th SWCS International Annual Conference, “Making Waves in Conservation: Our Life on Land and Its Impact on Water,” and is now accepting conference registrations.

The conference will take place July 27-30, 2014, at the Westin Lombard Hotel in Lombard, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. All are welcome to attend. To receive the early registration discount, register online at www.swcs.org/14ac before June 17, 2014. Information concerning the agenda, hotel, and fees is also located online.

The conference theme will address challenges and progress in nutrient management, erosion and sediment control, non-point source and watershed policy, and other issues influencing the health and productivity of our soils and large water bodies. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect upon decades of hard work and to acknowledge the progress of land managers, farmers, advisors, and scientists.

“This year’s program highlights current efforts in conservation research, practice, and policy,” said Jim Gulliford, Soil and Water Conservation Society Executive Director. “A lot of planning went into building an agenda with a water quality focus for the meeting’s proximity to our Canada/United States border waters.”

The conference will feature over 170 oral and poster presentations, symposia, workshops, and conservation tours. Workshops will provide training on the Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) model, nitrogen management tools and software, and the use of social media to engage conservation stakeholders. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available to attendees.

The following special conference presentation tracks have been added to the 2014 program:

  • Cover Crop Practices: Application, Innovation, and Management
  • Lake Erie Case Studies: The Challenge of Maintaining Improvements
  • Informing Conservation through Social Sciences: Understanding the Human Component of Land Management Stewardship
  • Increasing Intensity: Rethinking Precipitation Average and Outliers in Conservation Design and Planning

Conference sponsors include Cover Crop Solutions and DuPont Pioneer. Sponsorships range from $500 to $15,000. To learn more about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, visit the the conference website or contact Chrissy Rhodes, christine.rhodes@swcs.org.

For more information, visit the Soil and Water Conservation Society website or call 515-289-2331.


Soil and Water Conservation Society is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization that fosters the science and art of natural resource conservation. For more information on Soil and Water Conservation Society mission, programs, and events, visit www.swcs.org, or follow on Facebook at /soilandwaterconservation or Twitter @swcsnews.

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