A Land and Water Stewardship symposium on the impact of farm policy on conservation will be held Thursday, April 19, at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
The keynote presenter is Clare Lindahl, chief executive officer of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. She will address "A Farm Bill for 21st Century Conservation Challenges," at 6:30 p.m. She will cover farm bill history, conservation programs and current activities, including opportunities to advocate for conservation on the federal and local level.
Her talk will be followed by a panel of conservation experts: Mike Carlson, Gathering Waters executive director; Tom Sauer, supervisory soil scientist at U.S. Department of Agriculture; and Justin Isherwood, Portage County farmer. College of Natural Resources Dean Christine Thomas will moderate.
The first-ever symposium is sponsored by the Ralph K. Morris Foundation and UW-Stevens Point. Free and open to the public, it will be held in Room 120 of the Trainer Natural Resources building.
Lindahl became the first female CEO of the Soil and Water Conservation Society in August of 2017, its youngest CEO. The Soil and Water Conservation Society members have advanced natural resource conservation through advocacy, special projects, a scientific journal, education and events since 1943. "Our natural resources can't speak, and they need advocates to be their voice to our elected officials," she said.
The Farm Bill determines how and where crops are grown and how agricultural land is managed. Congress is scheduled to re-authorize this federal law.
The Ralph K. Morris Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that provides development opportunities for emerging leaders interested in advancing principles of cooperation, and in promoting farmland preservation, land stewardship and sustainability.