February 2, 2015 Adams State University

February 2, 2015
Adams State University, Alamosa, CO Student Union Building Room A127
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
The primary objective of the San Luis Valley Soil Health Conference is to provide an
opportunity for farmers and ranchers to exchange ideas, while learning from some of
the nation's leaders on soil health and agroecology.
8:00 — 8:30
Welcome, Housekeeping and Introduction
8:30 — 10:00
Dr. Christine Nichols
10:00 —10:30
10:30 —12:00
Jonathan Lundgren
12:00 — 1:00
Lunch — Adams State University Cafeteria
1:00 — 2:30
Karl Coopers—
2:30 — 3:00
3:00 — 4:30
George Whitten
4:30 — 5:00
Questions and Wrap-ups
The San Luis Valley Soil Health Conference is made possible by these great Sponsors!
February 2, 2015
Adams State University, Alamosa, CO Student Union Building Room A127
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Kris Nichols
Kris Nichols has been a Soil Microbiologist with the USDA, Agricutural Research
Service (ARS) Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory (NGPRL) in Mandan, ND,
for over seven years she has a Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of Maryland. Since 1993, she has studied arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi – a plant-root
symbiont. Her most recent work involves the investigation of glomalin – a substance produced by AM fungi. Kris has been examining the impacts of management
such as crop rotation, tillage practices, organic production, cover crops, and livestock grazing on soil aggregation, water relationships, and glomalin.
Dr. Jonathan Lundgren is an agroecologist and Lead Research Entomologist at the
Dr. Jonathon Lundgren
Karl Kupers
George Whitten
The San Luis
USDA-ARS laboratory in Brookings, South Dakota. He received his PhD in Entomology from the University of Illinois in 2004. Lundgren’s research program focuses on
assessing the ecological risk of pest management strategies and developing sustainable, long-term solutions for managing pests in cropland. His ecological research focuses heavily on conserving healthy biological communities within agroecosystems by reducing disturbance and increasing biodiversity within cropland.
Karl Kupers is the co-founder of Shepherd's Grain . Shepard's Grain is a group of
Columbia Plateau Producers that sustainably grow and market high end wheat. The
members of Shepherd's Grain all share the same desire to develop a business that
is economically sustainable without depending on federal commodity subsidies,
and to minimize soil erosion and degradation by developing cropping systems that
address the region's major agro-ecological challenges.
George Whitten and his wife, Julie Sullivan, manage and operate the San Juan
Ranch and Blue Range Ranches near Saguache, Co. Since 1985, George has worked
as a ranch consultant. His numerous consulting contracts as a range management
and grazing specialist, are based on his Holistic approach to rangeland and soil
health on irrigated land. He actively works with several Farmers and Ranchers in
Colorado and New Mexico to reintroduce grazing animals to farmland to improve
soil biology and overall profitability for both enterprises.
Valley Soil Health Confer-