SOIL 2018

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

Wednesday September 19, 2018
Olmsted Center, Drake University

This conference brought together conservation leaders, farmers, landowners, public officials, and concerned citizens from across the state to share their visions for Iowa and 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. SOIL 2018 helped Iowans identify their role in this future.


Blog: Lessons from SOIL 2018 by Neil Hamilton

Speech Materials

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

A Vision for Iowa’s Soil HealthDr. Jerry Hatfield, dir., USDA National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment

A Vision for Iowa Soil ConservationElizabeth Garst, Whiterock Conservancy

A Vision for Iowa’s Grassland and GrazingSeth Watkins, Pinhook Farm

A Vision for Private Land ProtectionJoe McGovern, President, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation,

A Vision for Sustainable Farming– Ray Gaesser, Iowa Soybean Association

A Vision for Iowa’s Environmental Stewardship EthicJennifer Terry, executive director, Iowa Environmental Council

A Vision for Iowa’s RiversMolly Hanson, executive director, Iowa Rivers Revival

A Vision for Iowa’s WatershedsDr. Larry Weber, executive associate dean, University of Iowa, College of Engineering

A Vision for Iowa’s Public Water SystemsWilliam Stowe, director, Des Moines Water Works

A Faith Based Vision for Iowa’s Climate FutureMatt Russell, executive director, Interfaith Power and Light

A Vision for Iowa’s Food and Agriculture BusinessesRobert Riley, Riley Resources Group

A Vision for Iowa’s Wildlife and OutdoorsDr. Jim Pease, retired, Iowa State University

A Vision for Iowa’s Parks, Trails and Communities– Hannah Inman, executive director, Great Outdoors Foundation