Connecting for Conservation

Connecting for Conservation

Sustainable agriculture is all about complex networks and systems, the relationships among crops, microbes in the soil, water, nutrients, climate, weather and more. Connecting for Conservation is about the human networks and systems that help inspire and inform people to put conservation on the ground and make it successful.

Connecting for Conservation

“Information on conservation travels in all directions, and the quality of information and sources can vary widely. Hear from California farmer and mentor Paul Muller, Purdue University social scientist Linda Prokopy, Kim Stackhouse-Lawson of Colorado State University's AgNext, Heidi Peterson of the Sand County Foundation, and CTIC executive director Mike Komp on Connecting for Conservation.
Connecting for Conservation Live Panel

"Join a panel with a wide range of perspectives—including Maryland farmer and United Soybean Board director Belinda Burrier; Katie Flahive of US EPA's Nonpoint Source Management Branch; Heidi Peterson of the Sand County Foundation; Caydee Savinelli of Syngenta; and Colorado State University animal science professor Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, director of AgNext—to explore how they help information flow to enable and enhance conservation farming.
At the Table

Heidi Peterson of the Sand County Foundation describes the ideal team to put conservation farming into action.
More Than Extension Documents

Today's extension mission goes beyond bulletins and meetings, says Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, director of AgNext at Colorado State University. Find out how.
Getting There Faster

Ask lots of questions, borrow what you can, and collect ideas, recommends California farmer and long-time mentor Paul Muller of Full Belly Farm."
Influential Voices

The most influential voices are those closest to the farmer. But that makes it even more important for those trusted advisors to connect to conservation experts for the best possible insight, says social scientist Linda Prokopy at Purdue University.
Know Your Neighbors

Reaching out in your community can yield insights and strong relationships that foster conservation, says Iowa State University entomologist Steven Bradbury.
Non-Operating Landowners

The new frontier in connecting for conservation is the non-operating landowner. Those absent landlords own about 268 million acres of farmland across the 48 contiguous states, or about one-third of the nation's farm ground. Linda Prokopy of Purdue University describes this complex audience.
Deeper Than Politics

Our polarized political climate can make conservation conversations a challenge, notes Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, director of AgNext at Colorado State University, but those conversations are vital—especially because consumer emotions around their food supply run deeper than their political views.