“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
St. Louis Community College – Meramec Campus
11333 Big Bend Rd
St. Louis, MO 63122
Workshop, exhibitors, breaks, and lunch will be located in the Room 200/201 on the second floor of the Student Center. A detailed map and parking instructions will be provided to registrants.
3.5 CEUs available for Landscape Architects
8:30 to 9:00 Registration, Coffee/Pastries, Visit Exhibitors
9:00 to 9:15: Welcome and Introductions
9:15 to 10:15: Doug Peterson: Achieving and Maintaining Healthy Soil & Water Quality
10:15 to 10:30 Break, Visit Exhibitors
10:30-11:45: Dr. Alice Tipton and Dr. Liz Koziol: The Role of Mycorrhizal Fungi in Original Prairie and Reconstructed Grasslands.
11:45 to 1: Lunch, Visit Exhibitors
1:00 to 2:30: Dr. Elaine Ingham: The Soil Food Web: Soil, Plant Growth, Native Gardening, Vegetable/Fruit Gardening, and Row Crop Agriculture
2:30 to 3: Panel with All Speakers
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About the Speakers:
Alice Tipton: Dr. Alice Tipton is from St. Louis, Mo and received her bachelor’s degree from Truman State University and earned a PhD from the University of Missouri–Columbia in 2016. She is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Kansas, working on projects testing how arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi can act as a tool in prairie reconstruction.
Dr. Liz Koziol: Dr. Liz Koziol’s current research is sponsored by the Kansas Biological Station, the Land Institute, and the Malone Family Land Preservation Foundation. She is working with the perennial plant species that the Land Institute has been conducting research on including Kernza, Silphium, perennial wheat and perennial Sorghum. Some of these plants, Silphium for example, are later successional prairie species. Based on her research in the prairie, these species are likely to be strongly dependent on mycorrhizal fungi. Currently, she is isolating mycorrhizal fungi from prairies in Kansas to inoculate perennial crop species in field and greenhouse studies at the new greenhouse and field stations in Lawrence, Kansas.
Dr. Elaine Ingham: Dr. Elaine Ingham of Corvallis, Oregon is the founder, president, and director of research for Soil Foodweb Inc., a business that grew out of her Oregon State University research program. Her current research focusses on these questions: What organisms are present in the soil and on the foliage of your plants? Which organisms benefit which types of plants? Which organisms harm plants? and How can these organisms be managed to grow plants with the least expensive inputs into the system while maintaining soil fertility?
Behind her user-friendly approach lies a wealth of knowledge gained from years of research into the organisms which make up the soil food web. Her goal is to translate this knowledge into actions that ensure a healthy food web that promotes plant growth and reduces reliance on inorganic chemicals. Dr. Ingham also offers a pioneering vision for sustainable farming, improving our current soils to a healthier state, without damaging any other ecosystem.
Dr. Ingham has published more than 55 articles in publications including the Journal of Applied Ecology, Canadian Journal of Soil Science, and Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environmental, as well as numerous book chapters, refereed reports and technical reports.
Among her many accomplishments and professional appointments, Dr. Ingham has developed three new methods of rapidly assessing soil and foliage-related organisms, and assessing how soil and foliar biology changes with different management practices. Dr. Ingham has served as the managing scientist at Environment Celebration Institute in Berry Creek, CA, and as the chief scientist for the Rodale Institute in Pennsylvania. Previously, she established a new lab at Southern Cross University in Lismore, Australia, allowing grower’s overnight access to the assays they need to improve plant production without the use of high levels of inorganic chemicals.
Doug Peterson: Doug Peterson has been an employee of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for more than 29 years. He started his career as a soil scientist and has been a district conservationist in both a grassland-based county in southern Missouri and a large cropland county in northern Missouri. He has also been a state grassland conservationist and a state soil health specialist. Currently he is a regional soil health specialist for Missouri and Iowa teaching Midwest NRCS staff and producers about soil health, how it impacts virtually all natural resource processes, and what type of management it will take to effectively improve our soils health, function and productivity.
Peterson attended Missouri Western State University graduating in 1986 with a B.S. degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in Economics and Agronomy.
He grew up on a crop and livestock farm near Newtown in northern Missouri. Today he continues to operate a cow/calf and contract grazing operation with his father, Steve. Currently they run about 350 cows. They utilize Management-intensive Grazing and Holistic High Density Grazing to improve soil health, eliminate the need for most purchased fertilizer and limit hay needs to about one bale per cow per winter.
Cost: Missouri Prairie Foundation/Grow Native! member: $40 per person; Non-member: $50; Student with valid ID: $20. Fee includes morning coffee/refreshments and lunch.
Registration deadline: October 27, 2017