DEKALB, Ill. — The Illinois Sustainable Agriculture Partnership (ISAP) Risk Management Conference is back and coming to Dekalb this summer. This event will take place on Thursday, June 27, at Dekalb County Farm Bureau.
“The idea behind The Risk Management Conference is to talk about how conservation practices help manage risk by making farms more resilient,” explains Jennifer Filipiak, American Farmland Trust Midwest regional director. “Farmers, landowners, advisors, and the agriculture industry will share how they are incorporating soil health systems on the land.”
This event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and will include refreshments and a hot lunch for those that attend. In addition, Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) can earn five continuing education (CEU) credits for attending. Registration is $15/person.
From research results collected through on-farm programs to the pull of agriculture supply chain partners, ISAP will look for evidence that conservation practices can be profitable for the farmer while providing benefits for businesses, citizens and rural communities.
The Risk Management Conference will address production risks, farm profitability, and growing consumer demand for sustainably sourced products. Rod Weinzierl, director of the Illinois Corn Growers Association, will provide the keynote address. The full agenda can be found online, along with registration information and additional event details.
As a coordinated and consistent group, ISAP focuses on messaging, outreach, training and education for farmers and their trusted advisors to bring together and disseminate new information and lessons learned in plain, practical language. Members work collaboratively to amplify the programs of each organization, share resources to gain efficiencies and identify synergies in achieving soil health and nutrient goals. ISAP’s mission is to create a network to support a systems approach on agriculture lands to improve soil health and reduce nutrient loss. ISAP’s members include: The Nature Conservancy, American Farmland Trust, Precision Conservation Management, Illinois Corn, Illinois Central College, The Wetlands Initiative, The Zea Mays Foundation, Soil Health Partnership, Illinois Land Improvement Contractors Association, Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Illinois Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, and University of Illinois Extension
— Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service
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