August 25, 2021

August 25, 2021

(All times listed in Pacific Daylight Time)

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.


8:15 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.

Encouraging Healthy Soil Biology

Steve Becker & Dennis Warnecke, Tainio Biologicals

Dennis Warnecke and Steve Becker will kick-off the program with a look at the many factors that influence soil biology and how they all come together to serve farmer outcomes, including soil health, yields, and overall system resilience.

9:15 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.

Managing Soil for Water on Your Farm

10:05 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Quick Break | 10:20 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.

10:30 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.

Featured Presentation: A Farmer’s Journey to Transform Commercial Agriculture with Soil Health

Rick Clark

Indiana farmer, Rick Clark, will walk attendees through his journey of how he converted his operation to commercial scale, organic no-till. He’ll explain what they are trying to accomplish with no-till organic, the economics behind what they do, and the steps they needed to take to transition his land. Attendees will leave this session with a clear pathway to what is possible and an understanding that there is plenty of room along the soil health and reduced input spectrum for each farmer to find what is right for them.

12:00 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.

Using Technology to Advance Soil Health

Meagan Perry Kaiser

Meagan Perry will dive into how reliable lab results can be paired with precision ag to gauge improvements in all three pillars of soil health: biological, physical and structural, which in turn bring profitability to farmers, improve our environment, and supply a sustainable food source.

12:55 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Closing Day 1


August 26, 2021

August 26, 2021

(All times listed in Pacific Daylight Time)

8:00 a.m. – 8:10 a.m.


8:10 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Growing for Nutrient Density

Bob Wilt

Oregon farmer, Bob Wilt has spent decade honing in on successful strategies for increasing nutrient density in his crops. He will share his extensive expertise and walk farmers in the audience through a process of identifying goals, what to look for, and what tactics might work in your operation to increase nutrient density.

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

9:45 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Panel: Does Soil Health Pay?

Moderated by: Ben Trollinger

Acres U.S.A. Editor Ben Trollinger moderates a discussion between different types of farmers about the economic advantages of managing operations for soil health. This session will uncover the real and perceived risks and rewards that ultimately play a large role in determining how growers choose to address soil health on farm.

10:40 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.

Quick Break | 10:55 A.M. – 11:05 A.M.

11:05 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.

Orchard Field Tour

Ryan Fillmore, Fillmore Farms

Take a video tour through Fillmore Farms, a northern California orchard operation, producing raw, high quality, organic walnuts using soil health principles.

11:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Ranch Field Tour

11:50 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

12:05 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Featured Presentation

Mimi Casteel

Mimi Casteel is a wine maker in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills. At Hope Well Vineyard, she is blazing her own trail and fast becoming one of the leading voices in the regenerative agriculture movement. Mimi talks eloquently and brilliantly — not just about wine, but agriculture and land use in general.

12:50 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Event Highlights & Closing