Soil and water laws, policies featured at November conference

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SOIL drake ag law logoThe Agricultural Law Center at Drake University will team up in November with the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University for the 2015 SOIL Conference.

SOIL is an acronym for Sustaining Our Iowa Land.

Matt Russell, state food policy project coordinator with the Drake Ag Law Center, said the conference is aimed at all stakeholders in Iowa’s food, agriculture or environment.

“We invite you to join us at an important conference regarding Iowa soil and water conservation policy this fall,” Russell said. “The conference will bring together individuals and organizations working to protect Iowa’s soil and water resources in order to consider the role of policy and law in shaping our stewardship efforts.”

The theme of the 2015 SOIL Conference is “The Past, Present and Future of Iowa’s Soil and Water Conservation Policy.” The statewide conference will be held Nov. 19-20 at the Olmsted Center on the Drake University campus.

More than 30 speakers are scheduled for the event, Russell said, which will include a dinner and awards ceremony honoring individuals for their leadership as stewards of Iowa’s land.

Online registration fees are $125 if booked before Oct. 19 and $150 after that date.

leopold centerThe Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is the conference’s primary sponsor and funder, with additional sponsorships and funding from Wells Fargo, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service-Iowa, USDA ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Practical Farmers of Iowa, the Iowa League of Cities, Soil and Water Conservation Society, the Iowa Soybean Association, the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust and others.

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