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Soil Health Webinar Series

Understanding soil health it is a popular topic today. Improving soil health begins with understanding the quality of the soil resource to support good health. The health of the soil depends on having an extensive food web to support a myriad of microorganisms and soil animals. And to improve soil health we have to  be able to measure change. Lastly growers can adopt a range of practices such as no-till, cover crops, etc. that can improve health. This webinar series will look at a range of aspects on soil health and provide a solid basis for understanding and improving it.

CEUs:
CCA/CPAg:
Soil Health/Quality:  Can't Have Health Without Quality (1.5 Nutrient Management)
Introduction to Soil Health and the Soil Food Web (1.5 Soil and Water Management)
Soil Flora:  How Microbial Communities Define Soil Health (1.5 Soil and Water Management)
Soil Fauna:  Animals of the Soil and the Role They Play in Soil Health (1.5 Soil and Water Management)
Soil Respiration and Nutrient Cycling (1.0 Nutrient Management)
Different Techniques to Improve Soil Health (1.5 Soil and Water Management)

CPSS/CPSC/CST: 1.0 Professional Meetings per 1 hour webinar or 1.5 Professional Meetings per 1.5 hour webinar

$175.00 Members/Certified Professionals
$265.00 Non-members

Included webinars in this series package are:
Soil Health/Quality:  Can't Have Health Without Quality
Introduction to Soil Health and the Soil Food Web
Soil Flora:  How Microbial Communities Define Soil Health
Soil Fauna:  Animals of the Soil and the Role They Play in Soil Health
Soil Respiration and Nutrient Cycling
Different Techniques to Improve Soil Health

Each webinar may also be purchased individually by clicking on the individual title below.   A series bundle purchase provides a discount.

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Class cost: $ 265.00

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Soil Health/Quality: Can't Have Health Without Quality

Kucera’s presentation will describe how soil quality relates to overall soil health and what each term means. Living organisms/ecosystems have health, while non-living objects or parameters have quality. Soil health relates to using proper management techniques/planning principles including minimize disturbance, keeping the soil covered, growing living root systems throughout the year, use of diverse crops, and provide for the continued capacity of the soil to function as a vital living ecosystem. Key soil functions include: nutrient & energy cycling; water (infiltration and availability); filter and buffer water that moves through the soil profile; provide physical stability and support for plants and structures; and provide habitat for diverse soil biota.  Simple assessments of physical, chemical & biological soil quality indicators can be measured or compared to other sites (qualitative or quantitative). Soil quality is often referred to in scientific literature and journals relating to specific indicators of soil quality. Common soil quality indicators can include soil pH, soil EC, compaction, soil structure, aggregate stability, respiration, organic matter, and many others.

CEUs:
CCA/CPAg: 1.5 Nutrient Management
CPSS/CPSC/CST: 1.5 Professional Meetings

Speaker Information:
Michael Kucera
Agronomist
National Survey Center

Mike Kucera is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Lincoln with a BS in Soil Science/Agronomy/Range Management and a MS in Water Resources specializing in phosphorus management.  Family includes wife Karen; Sons Andy and Zac; and daughter Megan.  Thirty four years of work experience with NRCS in Iowa and Nebraska in various roles including Soil Conservationist, Range Conservationist, District Conservationist, Area Resource Conservationist, State Agronomist, State Water Quality Specialist, State Resource Conservationist and currently an Agronomist at the National Soil Survey Center in Lincoln Nebraska.  Mike grew up on a farm in South Central Nebraska; owns a small farm; is a Certified Crop Advisor and serves on the Nebraska CCA board; and is a member of the Soil & Water Conservation Society.  Recent awards include CCA educator of the year, and Honorary State FFA Degree from Nebraska FFA Association for developing Nebraska Agricultural Education Soils Project that included training to all FFA instructors and development of a “Soil Quality Bucket” and associated guidance for soil quality indicators for educators across Nebraska.  This concept has been spread and shared around the United States.  Mike enjoys family activities, playing basketball, golf, hunting turkeys and is an avid sports fan.

$40.00 Members/Certified Professionals
$60.00 Non-members

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Self-Paced

CEUs

Nutrient Management   1.5
Professional Meetings (PM)   1.5

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Class cost: $ 60.00

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Introduction to Soil Health and the Soil Food Web

The soil food web is the community of organisms living all or part of their lives in the soil. It describes a complex living system in the soil and how it interacts with the environment, plants, and animals. They range in size from the tiniest one-celled bacteria, algae, fungi, and protozoa, to the more complex nematodes and micro-arthropods, to the visible earthworms, insects, small vertebrates, and plants. These organisms eat and grow and impact the soil and move through the soil, making it possible to have clean water, clean air, and healthy plants. The presentation will looking at the overall functioning of the soil food web, how it is intertwined and how it benefits the soils and all living species both below and about ground.

CEUs:
CCA/CPAg: 1.5 Soil and Water Management
CPSS/CPSC/CST: 1.5 Professional Meetings

Speaker Information:
Elaine Ingham
President
Soil Foodweb Inc. and Soil Life Consultant

Elaine Ingham is an American soil biology researcher and founder of Soil Foodweb Inc. She is known as a leader in soil microbiology and research of the soil food web. She is an active presenter to audiences worldwide and author of the USDA's Soil Biology Primer.

$40.00 Members/Certified Professionals
$60.00 Non-members

You have 30 days to view this content after purchase.

Self-Paced

CEUs

Soil & Water Management   1.5
Professional Meetings (PM)   1.5

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Class cost: $ 60.00

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Soil Flora - How Microbial Communities Define Soil Health

Soil health is very popular today and understanding it can improve soil productivity and sustainability. This presentation will define a functional microbial community- and what services will it provide. Address what farmers can do to improve the services provided by the microbial community. And how to profile the microbial community and measure positive change.

CEUs:
CCA/CPAg:  1.5 Soil and Water Management
CPSS/CPSC/CST:  1.5 Professional Meetings

Speaker Information:
Jill Clapperton, PhD
Principal Scientist and President
Rhizoterra

Jill Clapperton (PhD) is the Principal Scientist and Co-founder of Rhizoterra Inc. She is a well-known researcher, international lecturer and advocate for practices that promote soil health.  Her company Rhizoterra, believes that healthy soil grows healthy food, and that makes healthy people (livestock, too). Our research farm in eastern Washington is a proving ground for new dryland crops, rotations, technology, and products that help create healthy productive soils. Rhizoterra wants agricultural businesses and consumers to make informed decisions about food based on science.

$40.00 Members/Certified Professionals
$60.00 Non-members

You have 30 days to view this content after purchase.

Self-Paced

CEUs

Soil & Water Management   1.5
Professional Meetings (PM)   1.5

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Class cost: $ 60.00

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Soil Fauna - Animals of the Soil and the Role They Play in Soil Health

The presentation will review the different animals that are important to soil health. These soil animals feed on other animals and organic matter and contribute directly to nutrient cycling in soil when they release nutrients in their excreta. Soil animals improve soil structure by forming channels and pores, concentrating fine soil particles together into aggregates and by fragmenting and mixing organic matter through soil.

CEUs:
CCA/CPAg:  1.5 Soil and Water Management
CPSS/CPSC/CST:  1.5 Professional Meetings

Speaker Information:
Odette Menard
Conservation Specialist
Quebec Ministry of Agriculture

Odette Menard is a conservation specialist for the Quebec Ministry of Agriculture and she has made a career of helping Eastern Canadian producers take a new look at how they manage their soil – and it’s her passion. She is an agricultural engineer from Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec and member of the Soil Conservation Hall of Fame.

$40.00 Members/Certified Professionals
$60.00 Non-members

You have 30 days to view this content after purchase.

Self-Paced

CEUs

Soil & Water Management   1.5
Professional Meetings (PM)   1.5

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Class cost: $ 60.00

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Soil Respiration and Nutrient Cycling

Soil CO2 Respiration is a common gauge used to assess soil health and to estimate potential nutrient mineralization. This presentation will cover the elements of measuring soil respiration with a focus on the Solvita CO2-Burst test monitored by ALP and NAPT labs. It will also cover measuring basal CO2 respiration in field-moist sample, and briefly introduce a new procedure for labile amino-N. The overall emphasis for soil health is from the perspective of someone doing it in the lab and partly in the field. The presenter will also review measuring root mass, earthworm counts and soil enzymes, and how these tests relate to each other and soil health.

CEUs:
CCA/CPAg:  1.0 Nutrient Management
CPSS/CPSC/CST:  1.0 Professional Meetings

Speaker Information:
Will Brinton
Founder
Woods End Laboratories

Will Brinton, PhD is founder of Woods End Laboratories which specializes in soil and compost testing and recently launched the new Soil Health Nutrient Toolbox. Brinton and Richard Haney, Ph.D., a soil scientist with USDA Agricultural Research Services (ARS) in Texas, collaborated to standardize a cost-effective soil biology test to commercial labs. The basis was the Solvita test which Brinton developed, a means to measure microbial CO2-respiration. Solvita is currently part of the ALP and NAPT proficiency program. In addition to directing a soil test lab Brinton operates a 25 acre research farm in Mt Vernon Maine specializing in cover crops and herbicide biodegradation, and is co-manager of a family sustainable forestry enterprise of 1,000 acres.

$25.00 Members/Certified Professionals
$40.00 Non-members

Self-Paced

CEUs

Nutrient Management   1.0
Professional Meetings (PM)   1.0

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Class cost: $ 40.00

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Different Techniques to Improve Soil Health

The soil biological component is not well understood and in many cases is taken for granted. However, it is the interaction of the physical, chemical and biological components which dictate how the soil will function. The challenge is how best to ramp up the soil’s biological activity without affecting crop yields or profits. Specific examples of different strategies to improve soil health will be explored. Although there are many ways to approach this, as with many things, the devil is in the details.

CEUs:
CCA/CPAg:  1.5 Soil and Water Management
CPSS/CPSC/CST: 1.5 Professional Meetings

Speaker Information:
Dan Towery
Ag Conservation Solutions, LLC

Dan Towery operates Ag Conservation Solutions in Lafayette, Ind., and focuses on no-till, cover crops and soil health.  He is a conservation consultant to several other agriculture associations, foundations, and businesses.  Dan was with the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for 25 years and was a liaison between NRCS and Conservation Technology Information Center for the last 10 years of his service. He is currently president of the International Soil and Water Conservation Society and also vice
President of NICHES Land Trust.

$40.00 Members/Certified Professionals
$60.00 Non-members

You have 30 days to view this content after purchase.

Self-Paced

CEUs

Soil & Water Management   1.5
Professional Meetings (PM)   1.5

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Class cost: $ 60.00

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