Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference registration open

Registration is now open for the 89th annual Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference, the oldest and longest-running conference at ISU. The conference is sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and ISU Extension and Outreach.

This year's conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 in the Scheman Building on the ISU campus. The conference will cover the following topics:

  • Global Economic Outlook: What does a slowing China and a strong U.S. dollar mean for U.S. agriculture? Presented by Nathan Kauffman, assistant vice president, Omaha Branch executive and economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • Panel Discussion on Current and Future Cash Rents in Iowa by three agricultural lenders and farm managers. Moderated by Alejandro Plastina, assistant professor and extension economist at Iowa State University
  • Excessive Spring Rain Will Be More Frequent (except this year): Weather tools to manage it. Presented by Chris Anderson, assistant director Climate Science Group at Iowa State University
  • Soil Fertility Management with Tight Crop Production Margins. Presented by John Sawyer, professor and extension specialist in soil fertility and nutrient management at Iowa State University
  • Cover Crops, Wetlands and Conservation Drainage: Why we need to adopt and how many acres are needed.Presented by Matt Helmers, professor and extension agricultural engineer in agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University
  • Evaluating Hunting Leases: Implications for recreational land values. Presented by Tom Steen, the Hunting Lease Network, Farmers National Company

Conference registration can be completed online at

(Released April 2016)