Tour Presentations


Welcome to the 2021 Virtual CTIC Conservation in Action Tour! This web resource contains our four 2021 virtual "tour stops," recordings of the live panel Q&A sessions held during the American Society of Agronomy's Sustainable Agronomy Conference, and bonus online content. We invite you to browse and explore the topics under each tab.

Carbon Farming: New Opportunities for Agriculture

“Carbon farming” can create income opportunities for farmers, landowners and CCAs, including more resilient soils, greater profitability and even revenue streams as new ecosystem services markets come into focus. Join "carbon farmer" Larry Clemens of Indiana, retired USDA-ARS scientist Jerry Hatfield, Cintia Ribeiro of Bayer CropScience, Ryan Stockwell of Indigo Ag and Dave Gustafson of CTIC for an exploration of the environmental and economic opportunities that are arising.
Carbon Farming: New Opportunities Live Panel

"Carbon farmer" Larry Clemens of Indiana, retired USDA-ARS scientist Jerry Hatfield, Cintia Ribeiro of Bayer CropScience and Ryan Stockwell of Indigo Ag discussed the opportunities presented by the carbon credits market—and the value of carbon well beyond the cash value of credits—live at the American Society of Agronomy's Sustainable Agronomy Conference.
Clemens Carbon Farm

Join farmer Larry Clemens of The Nature Conservancy at Clemens Carbon Farm and learn about the wide range of BMPs he is installing to build soil, protect water quality and create wildlife habitat on his Indiana farm.
Carbon in the Soil: Your Farm Retirement Account

Jerry Hatfield, retired head of the USDA-ARS Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment (formerly the National Soil Tilth Laboratory), describes sequestered soil carbon as a retirement account. From added resilience to lower soil temperatures during drought, learn how carbon pays huge dividends.
Your Farm's Future: Carbon for the Long Term

Building soil carbon delivers benefits that pay off over the long term. Jerry Hatfield, retired head of the USDA-ARS Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment (formerly the National Soil Tilth Laboratory), suggests asking yourself, "what do I want my farm to be 5 years from now...or 10 years from now?"
More Carbon, Less Variation

Higher levels of soil carbon reduce variation in soil productivity and yield across fields, says renowned USDA-ARS researcher Jerry Hatfield.
Additionality and Permanence: Maintaining the Value of Carbon Credits

Ryan Stockwell of Indigo Ag describes how carbon credits will gain and maintain their value, and explains the importance of additionality and permanence in maintaining a market for carbon credits that can pay off for growers.
Verification: Maintaining and Sharing the Value of Carbon Credits

Verifying that a farmer has achieved promised carbon goals is key to ensuring payment for those carbon credits. But it's an expensive process. Dave Gustafson of CTIC and Cintia Ribeiro of Bayer CropScience describe technologies that could reduce the cost of verification, allowing more of the value of carbon credits to reach farmers.
Beyond Sequestration: Avoidance of Emissions

Sequestering carbon is a great way for farmers to earn carbon credits. But Cintia Ribeiro of Bayer CropScience explains that avoidance of emissions can be another way for farmers to help reduce atmospheric carbon...and perhaps to cash in on the carbon market.


Our understanding of how phosphorus contributes to algal blooms—like the infamous Lake Erie cyanobacteria explosions in recent years—continues to evolve. Tune into these videos to learn more about dissolved reactive phosphorus, P that is tightly bound to soil particles, and other contributors to eutrophication, and to see how innovative farmers, crop consultants and programs are helping tackle the challenges.

Phosphorus credits and BMPs to reduce off-farm nutrient flow

“Get the latest science on phosphorus and water quality from Dr. Laura Johnson and Judy Smith of Heidelberg University's National Center for Water Quality Research, Ohio farmer Les Seiler, independent crop consultant Greg Kneubuhler and Dr. Hans Kok of CTIC.
Phosphorus Credits and BMPs Live Panel

"Carbon farmer" Laura Johnson of Heidelberg University's National Center for Water Quality Research, Adam Herges of The Mosaic Company, Ohio farmer Les Seiler and crop consultant Greg Kneubuhler of Indiana discuss the techniques and benefits of good P management in protecting water quality—live at the American Society of Agronomy's Sustainable Agronomy Conference.
It's Dollar Signs and Water Quality

Long-time no-tiller Les Seiler explains the reason for his on-farm BMPs.
N vs. P: Impacts on Algae

Dr. Laura Johnson of the National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University explains how N and P impact water quality in different environments.
Making P Available

Conservation practices like no-till and cover cropping do more than keep phosphorus from running off your fields—they can help build and unlock a storehouse of soil P, says Hans Kok of CTIC."
No P on Corn for 6 Years

Les Seiler and his brother Jerry haven't applied P on their corn crops for 6 years. Les explains why that works for them.
Pay Attention to What's Leaving This Farm

Les Seiler explains why he's excited to host a water quality monitoring study at the edge of one of his fields.
NTT: Field-Scale Modeling

Judy Smith of Heidelberg University's National Center for Water Quality Research explains why NTT is such a useful tool for farmers, crop consultants and others interested in field-scale modeling of nutrient movement.
Wheat Boosts Soil Health

Les Seiler explains how returning wheat to a corn/soybean rotation helped him and his brother build soil organic matter after years of stagnation.

Pollinator Habitat

Pollinator habitat can turn an unprofitable acre or odd corner into a world of good for honeybees, native pollinators, and other wildlife. The benefits are obvious for producers of fruit, nut and vegetable crops, which depend on pollinators for success. But studies indicate that bees and other pollinators may also boost yields in soybeans, too. Learn from farmers and beekeepers across the country—and Iowa State University entomologists and agronomists—how to create a win-win with pollinator habitat.

Creating Pollinator Habitat

“Creating pollinator habitat can be a win for bees, butterflies and a host of other well as a win for farmers. Learn how some farmers have used praririe plantings and other wildflower mixes to enhance season-long foraging opportunities for pollinators and opened up conversations with beekeepers.
Pollinator Habitat Live Panel

Join beekeeper John Miller, Iowa State University entomologist Matt O'Neal, policy expert Dale Thorenson of the U.S. Canola Association and Matt Mulica of the Honeybee Health Coalition for a conversation about honeybees, farms and habitat.
A Little Bit Goes A Long Way

Tim Youngquist of Iowa State University's Science-Based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips (STRIPS) program explains how individual farmers can make a big difference for honeybees and native species.
Protecting Pollinator Habitat

Iowa State University entomologist Steve Bradbury explains how to protect pollinator habitat by managing spray drift. Step 1: read the label.
Pick Your Prairie Mix

Iowa State University STRIPS team's Tim Youngquist outlines how to manipulate the grass/forbs ratio to accomplish your objectives with a prairie strip planting.
How To Establish Prairie Pollinator Habitat

Iowa prairie planting landowner Bill Dunbar describes how he and Iowa State University experts established his pollinator-friendly prairie planting.
Site Prep for Prairie Planting

Iowa State University prairie strip expert Tim Youngquist lays out the priorities for good establishment of the perennial species that form prairie strips.
Protecting the Prairie: No Problem

Iowa farmer Dick Sloan says after the first couple of years of his prairie strips and pollinator plots, he's had no problem accomplishing both pest control in his crops and healthy habitat right next to them.

Connecting for Conservation

Sustainable agriculture is all about complex networks and systems, the relationships among crops, microbes in the soil, water, nutrients, climate, weather and more. Connecting for Conservation is about the human networks and systems that help inspire and inform people to put conservation on the ground and make it successful.

Connecting for Conservation

“Information on conservation travels in all directions, and the quality of information and sources can vary widely. Hear from California farmer and mentor Paul Muller, Purdue University social scientist Linda Prokopy, Kim Stackhouse-Lawson of Colorado State University's AgNext, Heidi Peterson of the Sand County Foundation, and CTIC executive director Mike Komp on Connecting for Conservation.
Connecting for Conservation Live Panel

"Join a panel with a wide range of perspectives—including Maryland farmer and United Soybean Board director Belinda Burrier; Katie Flahive of US EPA's Nonpoint Source Management Branch; Heidi Peterson of the Sand County Foundation; Caydee Savinelli of Syngenta; and Colorado State University animal science professor Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, director of AgNext—to explore how they help information flow to enable and enhance conservation farming.
At the Table

Heidi Peterson of the Sand County Foundation describes the ideal team to put conservation farming into action.
More Than Extension Documents

Today's extension mission goes beyond bulletins and meetings, says Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, director of AgNext at Colorado State University. Find out how.
Getting There Faster

Ask lots of questions, borrow what you can, and collect ideas, recommends California farmer and long-time mentor Paul Muller of Full Belly Farm."
Influential Voices

The most influential voices are those closest to the farmer. But that makes it even more important for those trusted advisors to connect to conservation experts for the best possible insight, says social scientist Linda Prokopy at Purdue University.
Know Your Neighbors

Reaching out in your community can yield insights and strong relationships that foster conservation, says Iowa State University entomologist Steven Bradbury.
Non-Operating Landowners

The new frontier in connecting for conservation is the non-operating landowner. Those absent landlords own about 268 million acres of farmland across the 48 contiguous states, or about one-third of the nation's farm ground. Linda Prokopy of Purdue University describes this complex audience.
Deeper Than Politics

Our polarized political climate can make conservation conversations a challenge, notes Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, director of AgNext at Colorado State University, but those conversations are vital—especially because consumer emotions around their food supply run deeper than their political views.