Southern Soil Health Conference - Ardmore, OK

Date: 
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, January 13, 2016 (All day)

Southern Soil Health Conference 2016 - Ardmore, OK

Come join us for a Winter Get-Away in beautiful Ardmore, OK, January 12th & 13th, 2016. Green Cover Seed will be hosting the Second Annual Southern Soil Health Conference, an Educational Opportunity for Producers and Land Owners, at the Ardmore Convention Center. The Southern Soil Health Conference is sponsored in part by the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Farm Foundation, No-Till on the Plains, Southern SARE, Texas Grazing Land Coalition, Dixon Water Foundation, Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, Oklahoma Conservation Commission, Sand County Foundation, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Out on the Land. *Sponsorship does not constitute endorsement of all content.  

This conference will be very unique for three main reasons: 

1. This conference will focus solely on Soil Health, Cover Crops and Grazing.

2. This conference is for producers and land owners, 75% of the registration slots will be reserved for people directly involved with the land - production agriculture (crops and/or livestock) and land owners. This conference will also be producer driven with almost all the speakers and presenters being farmers. Keynote speakers will include; Dr. Allan Williams, Steve Tucker, John Heerman, and Darin Williams.

In addition, we will have 8-10 Texas and Oklahoma producers sharing about their individual experiences with Soil Health and how it has affected their farming operations. Some of these speakers are Jimmy Emmons, Craig Watson, Yates Adcock, Max Martin and more...

3. This conference is about knowledge and learning and not selling products. We will not be having a commercial trade show to promote individual companies or products. 

Noble Foundation Tour

The Noble Foundation will be hosting a tour of their facilities on Monday, January 11th, from 3pm to 6:30pm. Activities for the afternoon include a tour of the beautiful Noble Foundation Campus, including the Plant Pathology Lab and the Greenhouse and an overview of the Noble Foundation history and the Agricultural Consultation Program. A light hors d’oeuvres reception will be served and is included in the $25 cost of the Noble Foundation Tour. Space is limited, so be sure and register early!  

New This Year

Child & Family Activities
We are excited about offering fun, learning opportunities for your children this year! If you have children, ages 12 & Under, who would like to attend the conference, we will be having select times of fun and engaging activities that are geared for their specific age groups while you and your spouse enjoy the conference. For ages 12 & Under, we will be serving kid friendly food. The best part is, everything for kids ages 12 & Under is completely FREE!

If you have teens 13 & Up who would like to attend the conference, they can register for a reduced flat rate of $75! 

Spouses are also invited to attend and can register for the reduced rate of $75.

Tuesday Evening Meal
Several of you who attended the conference last year mentioned in your evaluation forms that you would like to have more time in the evenings to talk with other conference attendees, so we have added a Tuesday night meal! The cost of this meal (and lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday) is included in your registration! More details about Tuesday Night coming soon!

Location 

Ardmore Convention Center
2401 North Rockford Road 
Ardmore, OK 73401 

Cost 

Early Bird - Now through November 30th ****Extended Now Through Friday, December 4th until Midnight for Black Friday/Cyber Monday
$125 Per Person 
$75 - Your Spouse*
$75 - Students age 13 and up** 
FREE - Children 12 and under*** 
$25 Per Person - Noble Foundation Tour

Pre-Registration - December 1st through December 31st 
$150 Per Person 
$75 - Your Spouse*
$75 - Students age 13 and up** 
FREE - Children 12 and under*** 
$35 Per Person - Noble Foundation Tour

Registration - January 1st & At the Door 
$175 Per Person 
$75 - Your Spouse*
$75 - Students age 13 and up** 
FREE - Children 12 and under*** 
$35 Per Person - Noble Foundation Tour

The Spouse and Student Rate are applicable with the cost of one registration. 

To Register, click on the green "Register" button below. 

Tentative Schedule

Day 1 Monday Jan 11th

2:30 PM FOR PEOPLE SIGNED UP FOR NOBLE FOUNDATION TOUR:    Tour groups arrive at Noble Foundation
MEET IN THE FORAGE IMPROVEMENT BUILDING NEXT TO THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON CAMPUS

Driving Directions from Interstate 35: Exit Interstate 35 at Highway 142 (exit 33) to the east. Follow 142 until you reach the traffic light at the corner of Sam Noble Parkway. Turn left (east) on to Sam Noble Parkway. The Foundation offices will be on your right at 2510 Sam Noble Parkway

3:00 PM Welcome and Group Tours begin
4 tour groups rotating between Noble History, Consultation Program, Campus Tour and Green House Tour
5:15 PM Reception with tour participants - Atrium of Noble Foundation
6:30 PM Wrap up and depart Noble Foundation
7:00 PM Speaker's Dinner - Invitation Only - Noble Conference Center Dining Hall

Day 2 Tuesday Jan 12th

8:00 AM Registration - Ardmore Conference Center: 2401 N Rockford Rd, Ardmore, OK 73401
8:30 AM Rainfall simulator/Slake tests
9:00 AM Welcome/Introductions/Overview of Conference
9:30 AM "Thinking For A Change" - Steve Tucker, Venango NE - No-till and covers in Western Nebraska
10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM Dr. Allan Williams. - Grazing for Soil Health
12:00 PM Lunch - Peter Byck Lunchtime speaker
1:00 PM Jimmy Emmons - Understanding Cover Crops and Their Positive Impact On The Soil
1:45 PM John Heerman - Haxtun CO - Grazing and row crops in arid Eastern Colorado
2:45 PM Break....
3:15 PM Producers Panel - 4 producers, each talk 10-15 minutes about their operation and show pictures - followed by Q/A for the whole panel Terry Forst, Yates Adcock, Travis Isbell, Alan Mindemann
4:45 PM End of panel discussion and Q/A
6:00 PM Social half hour
6:30 PM Banquet with Bill Buckner speaking about Soil Renaissance

Day 3 Wednesday Jan 13th

7:45 AM Rainfall simulator/Slake tests
8:15 AM Keith Berns - Carbonomics -The Amazing Economy of Plants and Soils
9:15 AM Darin Williams - Waverly KS Cattle, Cash Crops and Covers in Eastern Kansas
10:15 AM Break
10:45 AM Lisa Bellows, JIm Johnson, Prasun Ray and James Rogers - "Soil Health Research Updates"
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Max Martin - Experinces of switching to no-till and covers in Texas
1:45 AM Dr. Allan Williams - "The Economics of Grazing Annual Covers"
2:45 PM Break
3:00 PM Producer Panel - 4 producers, each talk 10-15 minutes about their operation and show pictures - followed by Q/A for the whole panel Andy Popp, John Regan, Craig Watson, Gary Nitschke
4:30 PM End of panel discussion and Q/A

 

 

 

Ardmore Lodging Information
 

Holiday Inn 
Connected to the Ardmore Convention Center
2207 North Rockford Road
Ardmore, OK 73401
580.226.3333
Room Rate - $116*
*To get the rate of $116 you must make your reservation before December 10th.

Spring Hill Suites Marriott
Across the Parking Lot from the Convention Center 
2501 Centennial Drive North
Ardmore, OK 73401
580.226.7100
Rooms Rate - $105*
*To Reserve your room for $105 you must make your reservation before December 29th.  

Red Roof Inn
0.3 Miles from Convention Center
2432 Veterans Boulevard
Ardmore, OK 73401
580.223.7976
Room Rate - $50 to $60 

****NOTICE - The cost of registration DOES NOT reserve your hotel room. You must book and cover the cost of your hotel room on your own. To reserve your room at one of the hotels listed above, be sure and mention Green Cover Seed/Southern Soil Health Conference when you are booking your room to get the discounted rate. Please be advised that room rates do expire at certain times and locations detailed above.

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