Deadline extended for major conservation agriculture conference

Organizers of the sixth World Conference on Conservation Agriculture (WCCA) have extended its early registration deadline to May 1.

WCCA will take place June 22-25 in Winnipeg, the conference’s first-ever North American venue. The conference is meant to promote the sharing of knowledge about sustainable agriculture with the intent of catalyzing change in practices and policies throughout the world. [Related story]

Each day of the event features one of the following keynote speakers:

  • David Montgomery is the author of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations. He sees no-till farming as “the hope for a new agricultural revolution that might help us avoid the fate of previous civilizations.”
  • Howard G. Buffett operates a 1,500-acre family farm in central Illinois and oversees three foundation-operated research farms comprised of 14,100 acres. Buffett has travelled to 130 countries and documented the challenges of preserving biodiversity and providing resources for the growing global population.
  • Dwayne Beck manages the Dakota Lakes Research Farm, a unique co-operative arrangement between South Dakota State University and agricultural producers. Through the research farm’s programs, producers can profitably adopt conservation practices.

Optional tours extend the scope of the conference with a one-day tour in Canada and a 3.5-day tour in the U.S. These tours showcase farms that have used agricultural conservation systems for 20 or more years.

For more information visit the conference website or call 765-494-9555.

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