How do we assess the health of agricultural soils in Alberta?
Dr. Jeff Battigelli
Dr Jeff Battigelli is a soil ecologist with more than two decades of experience studying soil ecosystems. With expertise in soil quality, compaction, fertility, entomology, taxonomy, and ecology, Jeff has carried out fieldwork in agricultural, grassland and forest ecosystems including soil surveys in natural and disturbed ecosystems. He has partnered with all levels of government, a range of industries and Canadian universities to better understand the world beneath our feet. Throughout his professional career, Jeff has published numerous papers and reports dealing with soil fauna and has presented his results at various regional, national and international conferences.
There has been renewed interest in soil health globally. With the development of new tools and a rekindled interest in soil conservation, agricultural sustainability and soil health by growers, governments and researchers alike, soil health research is entering a renaissance. What soil characteristics need to measured or evaluated? What are the impacts of agricultural practices on soil health? This talk will provide an update on current knowledge and research gaps on soil health in Alberta and suggest how to move forward.
The event will be held in Edmonton at the Faculty Club at the University of Alberta and broadcast across Alberta via weblink. Weblink participants will be sent the weblink access information via email 24 hours prior to the event. Please ensure that your email information registered with the AIA is correct. The lunch buffet includes two meat items plus a seafood item, Full Salad Bar, Full Dessert Buffet and Coffee/Tea all inclusive. Parking at the Faculty Club is available in Lot V at a rate of $ 2.00 for the duration of the entire event.
11:00 Doors Open
11:00 - 11:30 Networking
11:30 – 12:15 Lunch
12:15 – 13:00 Presentation
13:00 – 13:30 Questions & Answers
Gain understanding of soil health in Alberta. Review of new tools that help measure or assess soil health. Learn what soil characteristic are needed to be measured for soil health. Learn what will be needed in the future to help.
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Members and non-members should register online. Registration closes at 4:00 pm on January 19, 2017. Please note that for group registration for the weblink; each individual attending must register. Only individuals that have registered qualify for AIA Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits. Should you have questions regarding the event, please contact the ASN at Albertasoilsnetwork@gmail.com or Ted Furler at 780-660-4889.