Strategies for Land Stewardship Summit

Join farmers, farm advisors, conservation professionals, and others for this peer-to-peer learning opportunity to get practical insights and ideas about how to be successful and profitable with cover crops, no-till, and other soil and water conservation practices. 

June 21-22, 2022

Walworth and Rock Counties, WI

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Event registration is FREE. This event is for farmers and people from across the Midwest and Mid-South who are seeking strategies that can improve a farmer’s soil, land, and bottom line, including:

  • Crop and livestock producers
  • Farm/crop advisors
  • Conservation professionals
  • Government agency staff
  • Extension professionals
  • Researchers

Summit activities will include

  • Farmer-led tours of two southeast Wisconsin farms that are demonstrating cover crops, no-till, strip till, and nutrient management strategies 
  • Presentations about research and programs that can support farmers’ success with conservation practices
  • The opportunity to connect and share ideas with peers about the practicalities and profitability of practices to improve soil health and water quality
  • The opportunity to share ideas with regional U.S. EPA and NRCS staff on how to make programs and policies aimed at supporting farmers’ adoption of conservation practices more accessible and effective 

6 CEUs for certified crop advisors  available!

Organized by a multi-state collaboration between University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Discovery Farms, University of Kentucky, Mississippi State University, Arkansas Discovery Farms, and University of Illinois.


Agenda at a Glance

Lunches will be provided to registered attendees; transportation to farms will also be provided to those who need it (please indicate so in registration)

Monday, June 20 

6:00pm – Welcome reception at hotel

Tuesday, June 21

7:00am – Breakfast at hotel or on your own

8:30amTour of Lasch Livestock and Land Solutions by Adam and Betsy Lasch – Lake Geneva, WI

Including these presentations: 

  • Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trial – Gregg Sanford, senior agronomist, UW-Madison
  • Conservation Opportunities in Walworth County – Brian Smetana, Walworth County Conservation

12:00pm – Lunch

1:30pmTour of Roger Rebout & Sons Farm by Doug Rebout – Janesville, WI

Including these presentations:

  • Discovery Farms monitoring – Ryan Heiderman and Eric Cooley, Wisconsin Discovery Farms
  • Farmers on the Rock farmer-led watershed group – Chris Newberry, Rock County Land Conservation Department

6:30pm – Dinner on your own or optional group dinner

Wednesday, June 22

7:00am – Breakfast at hotel or on your own

8:30am – Program starts at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy, WI

  • Presentation: Sustainable Agriculture under Global Climate Change – Wei Ren, University of Kentucky
  • Strategies and challenges for profitability and success with land stewardship
  • Discussion with representatives from U.S. EPA, NRCS, Extension and research

12:00pm – Adjourn


Speaker Information

Coming soon!


Travel and Lodging 

Travel and lodging reimbursement (for farmers) is available on a first come, first serve basis. Contact Amanda Gumbert at amanda.gumbert@uky.edu

Hotel information

We have a room block and discounted rates of $96 per night at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Elkhorn-Lake Geneva. Call 1-800-HOLIDAY and ask for a room in the Land Stewardship Summit block; or book online at www.hielkhorn.com and enter the Group Code LSS. The deadline to book in the block is June 1, 2022

Nearby airports

General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, WI 

Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, WI

Event Organizers

Mississippi State University and its Research & Education to Advance Conservation and Habitat (REACH) program, University of Kentucky, University of Illinois, University of Arkansas and its Discovery Farms program, and University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension and UW Discovery Farms program.

Thank You Sponsors