Twentieth Anniversary Special Events: SOILbration
Thank you to our sponsors and to the nearly 300 attendees who made the SOILbration an incredible success!
SOILbration: Healthy Soils, Healthy Farms, Healthy Foodsl featured speakers including Ray Archuleta and Steve Woodruff of NRCS, Fred Kirschenmann of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, and CEFS researchers.
The SOILbration also featured activities including a rainfall simulator, cover crop and other demonstrations, field tours, exhibitors, a poster session and lunch.
Farming Systems Research Unit
Tomas Moreno (NCSU) – Overview of the Farming Systems Research Unit
Alexandra Knight (NCSU) – Overview of Greenhouse Gas Project
Shuijin Hu (NCSU) – Greenhouse Gas Data Collection/ Findings
Natalie Ross (NCSU) – Continuous Greenhouse Gas Sampling Regimen
Small Farm Unit
Noah Ranells (NC A&T) and Marisa Benzle (NCSU) – Improving Soil Quality with Cover Crops
Joel Gruver (Western Illinois University) – Revealing Roots
David Lindbo (NCSU) – The Texture of Soil (hands-on)
Michelle Schroeder-Moreno (NCSU) – Integrated Strategies for Soil Health in Strawberries
Joshua Idassi (NC A&T) – Timber Improvement in Agroforestry Systems
Miguel Castillo (NCSU) – Native Warm-season Grasses for Marginal Cropland
Alan Franzluebbers (USDA-ARS/ NCSU) – Soil Quality and Carbon Sequestration in Conservation Agricultural Systems
Organic Research Unit/ Cover Crop Demonstration
Andy Meier (NCDA) – Overview of the Organic Research Unit
Zachary Jones (NCSU) – Selective Breeding in Field Corn
Kelli Dale (Rural Advancement Foundation International) – Breeding for Organic Production Systems
Michael Wagger (NCSU) – Benefits and Challenges of Roll-Down, No-Till System
Danielle Treadwell (University of Florida) – Exploring Conservation Tillage Strategies For Vegetable Systems in The South
Cary Rivard (Kansas State University) – No-Till System and Minimum Tillage for Pumpkins
Pasture-Based Dairy Unit
Steve Washburn (NCSU) – Nutrient Cycling in a Pasture-based System
Sharon Freeman (NCSU) – Soil Microbial Activity: Is Your Soil Starving?
Wes Watson (NCSU) and Steve Denning (NCSU) – Importance of Dung Beetles in a Pasture-based System