SOIL 2018 – Turning Our Vision for Iowa’s Water and Land in to Action

Wednesday September 19, 2018 – Olmsted Center, Drake University

This conference will bring together conservation leaders, farmers, landowners, public officials, and concerned citizens from across the state to share their visions for Iowa and to discuss the actions and policies needed to make them a reality. Many people and organizations are busy leading efforts to take real actions to protect our water and land – doing more than just talking about it or hoping good things might happen. But crafting a brighter vision for Iowa and making it a reality will take leadership and sustained commitment – traits shared by many Iowans who share a love for our water and land. To move forward it is important Iowa has a vision for where we want to go, and SOIL 2018 can help Iowans identify their role in this future.


7:30 – 8:30 – Registration and Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 – Conference Kickoff –

Does Iowa Need a Vision for our Water and Land?Prof. Neil Hamilton, Drake University, conference host and organizer

9:00 – 9:20 – A Vision for Iowa’s Soil HealthDr. Jerry Hatfield, dir., USDA National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, Ames

9:20 – 9:40 – A Vision for Iowa Soil ConservationElizabeth Garst, Whiterock Conservancy, Coon Rapids

9:40 – 10:00 – A Vision for Iowa’s Grassland and GrazingSeth Watkins, Pinhook Farm, Red Oak

10:00 – 10:25 – Networking Break

10:25 – 10:45 – A Vision for Private Land ProtectionJoe McGovern, President, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation,

10:45 – 11:05 – A Vision for Sustainable Farming– Ray Gaesser,Corning, Iowa Soybean Association

11:05 – 11:25 – A Vision for Iowa’s Environmental Stewardship EthicJennifer Terry, executive director, Iowa Environmental Council

11:25 – 12:00 – A Vision of Iowa Farms and Rural Communities – panel of Drake Law students from Iowa – speaking to their visions for our state

12:00 – 1:30 – Luncheon, invited– the Republican and Democrat candidates for Iowa Governor – to share their visions for Iowa’s Water and Land

1:30 – 1:50 – A Vision for Iowa’s RiversMolly Hanson, executive director, Iowa Rivers Revival, Des Moines

1:50 – 2:10 – A Vision for Iowa’s WatershedsDr. Larry Weber, exec. associate dean, University of Iowa, College of Engineering, Iowa City

2:10 – 2:30 – A Vision for Iowa’s Public Water SystemsWilliam Stowe, director, Des Moines Waterworks, Des Moines

2:30 – 2:50– A Faith Based Vision for Iowa’s Climate FutureMatt Russell, executive director, Interfaith Power and Light, Lacona

2:50 – 3:10 break

3:10 – 3:30 – A Vision for Iowa’s Food and Agriculture BusinessesRobert Riley, Riley Resources Group, Des Moines

3:30 – 3;50 – A Vision for Iowa’s Wildlife and OutdoorsDr. Jim Pease, retired, Iowa State University

3:50 – 4:10 – A Vision for Iowa’s Parks, Trails and Communities– Hannah Inman, executive director, Great Outdoors Foundation

4:10 – 5:00 – Discussion and Next Steps – Turning Our Visions into Action

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