2016 Green Lands Blue Waters Conference

Nov. 29-30, 2016

University of Missouri Campus, Memorial Union


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Full Registration: $180 (2 days); $130 (Tuesday); $70 (Wednesday); $5 (post-conference field trip)


Going Green with Conservation-Based Farming: Market-Based Approaches to Promote Soil Health and Water Quality

Conference Description

The 2016 Green Lands Blue Waters conference brings a market-based focus to complement innovative, science-based approaches to conservation of soil and water quality. Landowners react positively when their “bottom-line” is enhanced. Proven, market-based options, including cover crops and perennial-based practices (i.e., agroforestry, perennial grains, biomass, forages, and winter annuals) support the deployment of “continuous living cover,” and speak directly to the bottom line. Farmer-to-farmer strategies are required to scale up conservation for large scale impacts on soil and water quality.

Optional Post-conference Field Trip

You’ve heard of switchgrass, Miscanthus and other grasses but have you seen them growing side-by-side? What improvements are being made in native grasses for biomass? What types of polycultures are promising feedstocks for bioenergy? What are the sustainability advantages of perennial herbaceous biomass compared to annual crops and residues? What are the differences between native and non-native grasses? University of Missouri’s Bradford Research Center is host to several biomass projects including crop trials and evaluation of ecosystem services of perennial, herbaceous biomass crops. Join the tour at Bradford farm and learn about groundbreaking research in crop development, native polycultures, and cropping systems integration with existing agricultural systems. See this page for more information.

Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote

Bill Buckner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Noble Foundation
The Noble Foundation conducts direct operations, including assisting farmers and ranchers, and conducting plant science research and agricultural programs, to enhance agricultural productivity regionally, nationally and internationally.

Closing Keynote

Sean McMahon, Executive Director, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance
Increasing the pace and scale of farmer-led efforts to improve water quality.


American Farmland Trust

Green Lands Blue Waters

Missouri SARE

Mizzou Advantage

MU Center for Agroforestry

MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Savanna Institute

The Land Institute

The Land Stewardship Project

USDA National Agroforestry Center