Session
Title: PA for Conservation Programs
Date: Tue Aug 3, 2021
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Moderator: Sid Parks

Opportunities exist in conservation stewardship programs for PA technologies, EEFs, and other conservation tools aided by precision systems. We will look at how these opportunities include benefits for retailers serving farmers.

Whole Farm Conservation Planning in Ag Retail

Grower relationships are where agricultural input providers can really have an impact on conservation.  In order to grow those customer relationships it takes in-depth knowledge from staff on conservation programs, carbon markets, and how regenerative agriculture can work hand in hand.  I will go into partnerships developed in Missouri and how we utilize those to impact staff knowledge and the services we provide to our member owners.

Adam Jones (speaker)
Conservation Specialist
MFA Inc.
Columbia, MO 65201
US

Starting in Agriculture and Conservation at a young age, Adam was raised on a small livestock and row crop farm in Northeast Missouri.  He received his B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife in 2008 from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  After graduation Adam worked 11 years for the Missouri Department of Conservation most recently as a Wildlife Management Biologist managing Missouri public lands for wildlife.  In January of 2019 Adam started working for MFA incorporated as a Natural Resources Conservation Specialist housed within the Agronomy division currently working on integrating conservation practices, soil health, carbon quantification, and nutrient management into production agriculture.

Length (approx): 10 min
 
Understanding the Impact of Practice Changes to Profitability

With any agronomic change recommended to a grower, its critical to understand the outcome to a grower’s profitability.  With all the discussion in the industry around carbon credits and sustainability, have you worked through the numbers with your Growers to understand the overall impact to farm profitability to making these changes? This presentation will focus on understanding the impact to profitability be making agronomic changes that could be needed to meet future requires for these types of programs.

Jeremy W. Wilson (speaker)
Senior Vice President Digital Agronomic Solutions
EFC Systems
Newton, IL, NA 62448
US

Jeremy was raised on a family farm near Olney, Illinois where he operates an 800 acre grain farm with family. He graduated from Wabash Valley Jr. College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Agriculture Production and received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Eastern Illinois University in May of 1995. He started his working career with a Crop Insurance Company as a loss adjuster in 1995 then went to work for Wabash Valley Service Company as a crop specialist in 1999 and in July 2006 accepted the position as Technology Specialist for Crop IMS, an information management, scouting and technology company based in south central Illinois. In February of 2019 he was named Senior Vice President of Digital Agronomic Solutions for EFC Systems based in Brentwood Tennessee.  

Length (approx): 10 min
 
Precision Agronomy to Protect Farmer Profits and the Environment

Different areas of the field have inherently different yield potential and require different levels of inputs to realize a positive ROI. By understanding this, we can make cost-effective decisions about inputs and limit environmental exposure to needless fertility applications. Precision Ag now has the tools available to map productivity potential & revenue.  With this information, we can help maximize farmer profits and manage their acres in a way that is both environmentally and economically sustainable. 

Todd Nichols (speaker)
NutriCrop Solutions Team Lead
Nutrien

Todd Nichols is the team lead for NutriCrop Solutions.

Todd grew up on a corn, soybean, wheat and tobacco farm in Western Kentucky. 

Attended college at Western Kentucky University & Kentucky Community and Technical College.

Todd has been engaged in precision ag since 2006 with his roles in farming, as a crop scout, precision agronomist and precision ag adjunct instructor.

In 2012, Todd started building Sekure Crop Solutions 360 (now NutriCrop Solutions) working for Security Seed and Chemical which was acquired by Nutrien in January of 2019. 

Length (approx): 10 min
 
Precision Tools in Conservation

Many tools can be useful for making decisions to implement, manage, and verify conservation practices. I will present on some that GROWMARK is utilizing to assist customers in implementing conservation efforts on their farms.

Jay Matthews (speaker)
Technical Agronomist
GROWMARK, Inc.

Jay Matthews is a Technical Agronomist for GROWMARK in Iowa. Prior to this role he was a crop specialist for 16 years at AgVantage FS in NE Iowa. In his time as crop specialist Jay worked closely with his customers and the NRCS to implement conservation strategies on their farms to increase their profitability while also reducing their environmental impact.

Length (approx): 10 min
 
PA for Conservation Programs Panel
Adam Jones (speaker)
Conservation Specialist
MFA Inc.
Columbia, MO 65201
US

Starting in Agriculture and Conservation at a young age, Adam was raised on a small livestock and row crop farm in Northeast Missouri.  He received his B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife in 2008 from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  After graduation Adam worked 11 years for the Missouri Department of Conservation most recently as a Wildlife Management Biologist managing Missouri public lands for wildlife.  In January of 2019 Adam started working for MFA incorporated as a Natural Resources Conservation Specialist housed within the Agronomy division currently working on integrating conservation practices, soil health, carbon quantification, and nutrient management into production agriculture.

Jeremy W. Wilson (speaker)
Senior Vice President Digital Agronomic Solutions
EFC Systems
Newton, IL, NA 62448
US

Jeremy was raised on a family farm near Olney, Illinois where he operates an 800 acre grain farm with family. He graduated from Wabash Valley Jr. College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Agriculture Production and received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Eastern Illinois University in May of 1995. He started his working career with a Crop Insurance Company as a loss adjuster in 1995 then went to work for Wabash Valley Service Company as a crop specialist in 1999 and in July 2006 accepted the position as Technology Specialist for Crop IMS, an information management, scouting and technology company based in south central Illinois. In February of 2019 he was named Senior Vice President of Digital Agronomic Solutions for EFC Systems based in Brentwood Tennessee.  

Todd Nichols (speaker)
NutriCrop Solutions Team Lead
Nutrien

Todd Nichols is the team lead for NutriCrop Solutions.

Todd grew up on a corn, soybean, wheat and tobacco farm in Western Kentucky. 

Attended college at Western Kentucky University & Kentucky Community and Technical College.

Todd has been engaged in precision ag since 2006 with his roles in farming, as a crop scout, precision agronomist and precision ag adjunct instructor.

In 2012, Todd started building Sekure Crop Solutions 360 (now NutriCrop Solutions) working for Security Seed and Chemical which was acquired by Nutrien in January of 2019. 

Jay Matthews (speaker)
Technical Agronomist
GROWMARK, Inc.

Jay Matthews is a Technical Agronomist for GROWMARK in Iowa. Prior to this role he was a crop specialist for 16 years at AgVantage FS in NE Iowa. In his time as crop specialist Jay worked closely with his customers and the NRCS to implement conservation strategies on their farms to increase their profitability while also reducing their environmental impact.

Length (approx): 40 min