This conference brought together scientists, farmers, crop advisors and invited ag industry partners to discuss climate uncertainty, impacts on agriculture and our water and soil resources, and what can be done to make the agricultural landscape both environmentally healthy and productive. We looked at existing and new practices that can help farmers create management systems that sustain a competitive agriculture and enhance the ecological integrity of the landscape at the same time.
(Above, from the left...) Garry Niemeyer, Ray Gaesser, Andy Bensend and Pat Feldpausch -- all Corn Belt farmers, discuss what they are doing in their farm operations to make them more climate resilient. The panel was moderated by Chad Ingels, Iowa State University Extension.
More photographs and other information from the conference will be posted soon.
Videos of all conference sessions, including the farmer panel, will be posted in September.
Links to additional conference handouts
Climate Change Impacts in the United States – Highlights
Cover Crop Field Guide
Corn Growth and Development
The Climate and Corn-based Cropping Systems Coordinated Agricultural Project—commonly known as the Sustainable Corn Project—is a collaborative project among 10 Midwest land grant universities and an USDA agricultural research service. Project funding includes a grant from USDA-NIFA.
The team at 25X25 is a coalition of individuals and partner organizations united behind the goal of securing 25 percent of the nation’s energy needs from renewable resources by the year 2025.
Thanks to our conference sponsors and all who helped to bring farmers, crop advisors and our Sustainable Corn Project team together this summer!