Farming in the Flyways Workshop

Celebrating Agriculture, Wildlife and Rural Traditions

Hosted in Conjunction with the 17th Annual CTIC Conservation In Action Tour
12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 10th 2024

This free, interactive, in-person event will take place at the Ducks Unlimited National Headquarters, where you'll be surrounded by like-minded individuals who share your passion for conservation. Limited to 50 attendees, don't miss out on this unique opportunity to connect with fellow farmers and learn from the experts!

Workshop Agenda

11:30 Registration & Optional Tour of HQ (30 minutes)

12:00 Steak Lunch from Black Leg Ranch – A Conservation Award Winning Ranch in North Dakota

  •  Sponsored by North Dakota Natural Resources Trust

1:00 Welcome

  • Nick Wiley, Chief Operating Officer, Ducks Unlimited
  •  Ryan Heiniger, Executive Director, Conservation Technology Information Center

1:15 The Duck Factory from a Rancher and Waterfowl Scientist Perspectives

  • Video of Doan Family and Black Leg Ranch
  • Ryan Taylor, ND Rancher & Ducks Unlimited Director of Public Policy
  • Dr. Mike Brasher, Sr. Waterfowl Scientist, Ducks Unlimited

2:00 Optimal management of your farm for waterfowl and waterfowl hunting

  • George Dunklin, Five Oaks – Stuttgart, Arkansas & Past DU National President

2:30 Opportunities for Cost-Share for Rice & Habitat Stewardship Practices

  • Josh Hankins, Director of Grower Relations and Rice Stewardship, USA Rice Federation
  • Dr. Scott Manley, Director Agriculture Support, Ducks Unlimited
3:00 Break

3:15 Rice Stewardship from a Supply Chain Sustainability Perspective

  • Jack Scott, Vice President of Sustainable Sourcing, Nestle Purina PetCare

3:30 Open Q & A – Ask the Waterfowl Biologists

  • Dr. Scott Manley & Dr. Mike Brasher
  • Dr. Ryan Askren, Research Center Director, Five Oaks Ag Research and Education Center

4:00 Adjourn

**Optional 30 minute Tour of DU Headquarters – signup required

5:00 CTIC Conservation In Action Tour Social and Dinner Program at B.B. King’s Blues Club, Beale St.

  • Pre-Registration Required at **Farmers recieve 50% discount off regular registration rate