Upcoming Events

See Sand County Foundation staff at these upcoming events

2022 Eastern South Dakota Water Conference

Dr. Heidi Peterson will discuss implementing conservation to improve climate resilience and phosphorus efficiency.

October 12 , 2022 - 8:00AM to 5:00PM
Brookings, South Dakota

Sauk County Pasture Walk

This event will showcase information collected in our demonstration project on grazing cover crops. Host Roger Bindl is one of four farmers participating in our project.

October 20 , 2022 - 5:00PM to 7:00PM
Spring Green, WI

Leadership for Midwestern Watersheds

Presented for the first time in Indiana, this event will showcase water quality partnerships among multiple stakeholders. We present this annual event with financial support from Walton Family Foundation, North Central SARE, and other sponsors.

November 3 to 4, 2022
Fort Wayne, Indiana

The Big Soil Health Event

The first recipient of the Iowa Leopold Conservation Award will be revealed at The Big Soil Health Event hosted by Soil Regen.

December 5 to 6, 2022
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Past Events

Sand County Foundation staff has participated in these past events

Private Lands Partners Day

We are a supporter of this national gathering of landowners and conservation practitioners engaged in natural resources partnerships.

October 4 to 6, 2022
Fayetteville, AR

Iowa Water Conference

SCF's Bartlett Durand and Todd Peterson will present on their watershed partnership work in a growing number of Iowa communities.

September 28 to 29, 2022
Dubuque, IA

Farmers & Landowners Virtual Conference

Sand County Foundation will present on its Land Ethic Mentorship program at Minority Landowner Magazine's Annual Conference.

September 22 to 24, 2022

Conservation in Action Tour

Have an interest in agricultural conservation, cover crops, pollinators and soil health? Then plan to attend this annual event from the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) that we are proud to help sponsor.

September 12 to 13, 2022
St. Louis, MO

Ranch Tour of 2022 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award Recipient

Ranch tour of Pankey Ranch, the 2022 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award recipient, hosted by Colorado Cattlemen's Association and others.

September 9 , 2022 - 2:00PM to 5:00PM
Craig, CO

2022 Montana Range Tour

The 2022 Montana Leopold Conservation Award recipient will be revealed at this event hosted by the Cascade Conservation District, in partnership with Montana's Rangeland Resources Program.

August 30 to 31, 2022
Great Falls, MT

Meeting Community Clean Water Goals Through Farmer-Led Partnerships

Iowa County's Town of Wyoming has a small wastewater treatment plant that is unable to meet its DNR permits for discharging nutrients into local surface waters. This information session will explain these issues and outline available options, and lay out a proposed solution with a farmer-led watershed group.

August 24 , 2022 - 9:00AM to 12:00PM
Spring Green, WI

North Dakota Leopold Conservation Award Tour

Tour the Brad Sand's award winning ranch, with guest speakers Greg Judy and Dr. David Hopkins. Tour highlights include grazing management, soil health, water development and cover crops. A $20 donation is appreciated. RSVP by Aug. 5

August 9 , 2022 - 10:00AM to 11:30AM
Ellendale, ND

South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award Tour

Join the Sand County Foundation, South Dakota Grasslands Coalition, South Dakota Cattlemen's Association and all the Leopold Conservation Award sponsors to honor the 2022 award recipients, Neil & Muriel Bien and family. This event at Bien Ranch is free to attend, please RSVP by registering.

August 9 , 2022 - 9:30AM to 4:00PM
Veblen, SD

2022 Nebraska Grazing Conference

Switzer Ranch, the 2021 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award recipient, will be recognized during this annual program that bridges grazing lands conservation and management

August 9 to 10, 2022
Kearney, Nebraska

Conservation Night by the Lake

Enjoy a short walking tour of the Schoepp Family Farm to learn about conservation practices, including our demonstration of the economic and environmental benefits of rotationally grazing cover crops.

August 4 , 2022 - 4:00PM to 8:00PM
Lodi, Wisconsin

Prairie Strips Field Day

SCF's Craig Ficenec is a featured speaker at this free field day and complimentary meal for farmers, landowners and conservation professionals.

July 27 , 2022 - 5:30PM to 7:30PM
Zwingle, IA

So You Want To Be a Farmer

Dr. Heidi Peterson will participate in the Zoom webinar hosted by Minority Landowner magazine. Urban or rural; large or small; organic or nonorganic; if you’ve thought of being a farmer but don’t know where to start, join this virtual workshop and meet the resources that can provide answers to your questions.

July 21 , 2022 - 10:00AM to 11:30AM

Sustainable Ag and Food Systems Funders' Forum

SCF's Bartlett Durand will be a panelist on June 20th.

June 20 to 22, 2022
Kansas City, MO

Innovation Forum: The Future of Food USA - Biodiversity on the ground

SCF's Dr. Heidi Peterson will speak at this gathering of leading brands and key stakeholders to identify the main areas of opportunity and innovation within the food and beverage industry. Speakers will assess what supply chain transformation means on the ground to ensure more resilient and regenerative food systems.

June 14 , 2022 - 2:30PM to 3:30PM
Minneapolis, MN

Iowa Water Environment Association 2022 Annual Conference

SCF's Bartlett Durand and Todd Peterson will present "Nutrient Reduction through Watersheds" at 1 p.m. on June 9.

June 8 to 9, 2022
Davenport , IA

Stewards of the Land Webinar

Join Soil Regen's visit with Leopold Conservation Award recipient, Jimmy Emmons of Oklahoma.

May 4 , 2022 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM

Alphabet Soup: Making Conservation Conventional

Join Sand County Foundation and the Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership for an interactive and strategy-building discussion based on our recent report, "Making Conservation Conventional."

April 26 , 2022 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM

Leadership for Midwestern Watersheds

Sand County Foundation's Leadership for Midwestern Watersheds (LMW) is a popular forum for professionals who lead projects that reduce agricultural runoff in watersheds of the Upper Mississippi River Basin.

March 31 - 8:00AM to April 1, 2022 - 12:00PM
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin

Farm to Brew

Sand County Foundation's Lance Irving will join Iowa Leopold Conservation Award sponsor, Soil Regen, at this fun event

March 30 , 2022 - 12:00PM to 3:00PM
Dyersville, Iowa

Webinar: Equitable Wastewater Infrastructure in Disadvantaged Rural Communities

The Environmental Policy Innovation Center (EPIC) invites you to attend a virtual webinar on Thursday, March 24, 2022 from 2:00 pm ET to 3:30 pm ET exploring equitable financing solutions for onsite wastewater systems in rural disadvantaged communities.

March 24 , 2022 - 1:00PM to 2:30PM

Oklahoma Leopold Conservation Award Presentation

Oklahoma's 2021 Leopold Conservation Award recipient will be formally presented at the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts' 84th Annual State Meeting.

February 28 , 2022 - 7:00PM to 9:00PM
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Benefits of Prairie Strips for Beneficial Insects - Pollinators, Honeybees, and Natural Predators

Join our Winter Webinar Series to learn more about Prairie Strips, a new conservation practice for farmers and crop consultants.

This webinar has a free Continuing Education Unit for Certified Crop Advisors: Integrated Pest Management: 1

February 22 , 2022 - 8:00AM to 9:00AM

National Association of Conservation District's Annual Meeting

Dr. Heidi Peterson and Lance Irving will discuss the Leopold Conservation Award and its mentor program during a 3:30 to 5 pm EST breakout session on stewardship and outreach.

February 15 , 2022 - 3:30PM to 5:00PM
Orlando, Florida

Establishing and Managing Prairie Strips

Join our Winter Webinar Series to learn more about Prairie Strips, a new conservation practice for farmers and crop consultants.

This webinar has a free Continuing Education Unit for Certified Crop Advisors: Soil & Water Management: 1

February 15 , 2022 - 8:00AM to 9:00AM

Irrigation & Nutrient Management Clinic

Dr. Heidi Peterson will speak on the economics of soil health at this clinic hosted by the East Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District.

February 10 , 2022 - 9:00AM to 2:00PM
Perham, Minnesota

Siting Prairie Strips for Water Quality & Farm Profitability

Join our Winter Webinar Series to learn more about Prairie Strips, a new conservation practice for farmers and crop consultants.

This webinar has free Continuing Education Units for Certified Crop Advisors: Soil & Water Management: 0.5 and Crop Management: 0.5

February 8 , 2022 - 8:00AM to 9:00AM

National No-Tillage Conference

SCF's Field Projects Director Greg Olson and Wisconsin farmer Tony Peirick will present a no-till workshop "No One Succeeds Alone: How Farmer-Led Groups Benefit Everyone on the final day of the four-day conference.

January 7 , 2022 - 9:10AM to 10:10AM
Louisville, KY

Webinar: Municipal-Agricultural Watershed Partnerships

SCF's Bartlett Durand will be the featured speaker at this wWebinar hosted by Great Miami River Watershed Network. Register now for this free webinar

December 15 , 2021 - 12:00PM to 2:00PM

The Big Soil Health Event

SCF's Program Director Craig Ficenec, SCF’s Water Quality Partnerships Consultant Todd Peterson, and Wisconsin farmer Tony Peirick will present about collaboration within local watersheds at the Building Your Community session on day two.

December 6 to 7, 2021
Riverside, IA

Maryland Farm Bureau's Annual Convention

We will reveal the recipient of the inaugural Maryland Leopold Conservation Award on Monday, Dec. 6.

December 4 to November 7, 2021
Cambridge, Maryland

California Farm Bureau 2021 Annual Meeting

Sand County Foundation will be onhand to present the 2021 recipient of the California Leopold Conservation Award.

December 4 to 8, 2021
Orange County, California

Sustainable Agriculture Summit

SCF's Heidi Peterson, Vice President of Agricultural Research and Conservation, will serve on a panel: Delivering on Potential: Missing Links in Ecosystem Service Markets.

November 17 to 18, 2021
Las Vegas, NV

"Leadership for Midwestern Watersheds Lite"

This virtual session will focus on communicating climate risk and resilience with farms, and making sense of ecosystem service markets.

November 3 , 2021 - 1:00PM to 3:00PM

Hands-On Soil Health Clinic

October 20 , 2021 - 10:00AM to 2:00PM
Fond du Lac, WI