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The Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario is a group of farmers who share many of the same goals and ideas as SWCS. Sustainable farming practices, innovative approaches to managing fields for productivity and environmental protection, and sharing learnings with their fellow members. For this reason SWCS Ontario has decided to sponsor this year's Innovative Farmers 2017 Conference that takes place next week.

As part of this sponsorship, we have one free conference registration. We are offering it to the first SWCS Ontario member who asks for it. Please contact us at swcsontario@gmail.com to ask for the registration. We'd be pleased if you let us announce your name on our website and to share a short note about your soil and water conservation activities. Send us an email to see if you are the first to request the one conference registration.

The conference takes place at the Lamplighter Inn in London Ontario on Tues/Wed 21/22 February.

The conference is sold out so this is your last chance to still attend. An email is being sent to all Ontario Chapter members as a bcc email so everyone has the same chance (if your emails is on file and your membership is current as of last week). Good luck! We'll be monitoring our email inbox.

Conference Hotel
Best Western Lamplighter Inn
591 Wellington Rd S, London

SWCS 2015 Annual Conference Logo

The 70th Annual SWCS Conference will be held 26-29 July 2015 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Full details are on the SWCS website. The theme is "Coming Home to Conservation: Putting Science into Practice". This is an excellent conference for anyone interested in soils and water management. This year's program looks particularly interesting including the different additional workshops you could attend.

One way the SWCS is moving forward on current environmental challenges is by incorporating the former National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) National Water Conference into the International Annual Conference, which will increase collaborative opportunities for land-grant based scientists and educators engaged in water issues. SWCS welcomes this addition to the already diverse audience and the enhancement it will provide to all conference participants.

Our very own board members will be giving presentations too. Jacqui Empson Laporte who works at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs will present "Putting Technology to Work Leading to Real-Life Solutions: Aquahacking".

Pamela Joosse, who works at Agriculture & Agrifood Canada,  will present "Defining and Analyzing Agricultural Production Systems to Determine the Capacity to Make Soil and Nutrient
Management Improvements in the Canadian Lake Erie Basin".

Visit the SWCS.org website to see more details. The programme looks very interesting. Hope you can attend!