January 31, 2019
HYATT REGENCY HOTEL, REDBUD BALLROOM 400 W WATERMAN ST, WICHITA, KS 67202
Check-In 8:00-8:30 AM
8:30 AM Introductions
8:40 AM Using the Cubic Acre, Carbon is the Key
Jay Fuhrer, conservationist with North Dakota’s USDA- Natural Resources Conservation Service will detail how producers can utilize the underground resources in their soil to make fields more productive and how farms can operate more efficiently by understanding the soil biological functions. Utilizing carbon as the soil “currency” is the key to system restoration and optimization; Jay will demonstrate how the system is catalyzed by storing more carbon in the soil. Soil health principles drive the success of each acre, using these principles producers can use the entire acre for production.
10:20 AM Break
10:30 AM Finding Profits in the Soil and Multiple Enterprises
Bryan Jorgensen will explain how he has improved the soils on his farm and ranch to improve the profits of his operations. Jorgenson has farming, ranching, seed, cattle and outfitting businesses that are all integrated to ensure profitability. Bryan attributes much of the financial success to improving the soils on his acres. His business decisions are often driven by maintaining or improving his soils.
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Regenerative Products From the Farm, Markets and Sourcing
Presentation and Panel Discussion
Tom Rabaey and Kristy Lewis will each describe how their companies source ingredients consumer products. They will describe the challenges they face identifying the origin of their ingredients, fulfilling the quantity of the ingredients needed, maintaining separation for higher quality ingredients and meeting consumer demands for their products. These two panelists will contrast the challenges for larger and smaller food companies. Following their presentations, a facilitated question and answer session will be held.
3:00 Nutrient Density in Food, It's About the Soil
Dan Kittredge will present information about the work done at the Bionutrient Food Association to identify farming practices that produce more nutrient dense foods. He will also tell attendees about the analytical work they perform to confirm the on-farm research. He will present information about the new prototype tool, a handheld spectrometer, being developed for consumers to measure nutritional content of food in fields and stores. The long term goal is to use real-time nutritional information to drive more nutritionally dense produce in the food supply.
4:30 Question and Answer Session