LMW Speaker List

Leadership for Midwestern Watersheds

Effective Communication in Changing Times

November 17-18 2020. 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. CST each day

Presented by Sand County Foundation in partnership with the Soil and Water Conservation Society, North Central Region Water Network, Conservation Technology Information Center, American Farmland Trust, and Iowa Soybean Association, with financial support from McKnight Foundation.

Confirmed Speakers


Wednesday, November 17

Partnership Opportunities with the USDA:

Bill Northey, Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Communicating Conservation to Middle Adopters:

Joe Bragger, President, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation

Sarah Hetke, Director of Communications, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation

The Private Sector’s role in Promoting Conservation:

Keith Berns, Green Cover Seed

Mitchell Hora, Continuum Ag

Updates on the Gulf Hypoxia Task Force and EPA 319 Program:

Katie Flahive, Nonpoint Source Management Branch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Thursday, November 18

Delivering Virtual Field Days:

Sarah Fronczak, Michigan State University Extension

Maggie Norton, Practical Farmers of Iowa

Using Social Media Effectively:

Jessie Brown, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Comparing Tools to Quantify Water Quality, Climate, Social, and Economic Outcomes:

Michelle Perez, American Farmland Trust

Engaging Stakeholders with the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF) Watershed Planning tool:

Ann Marcelle Lewandowski, University of Minnesota Extension

TJ Lynn, Iowa Department of Agricultural and Land Stewardship (Headwaters of the North Raccoon Water Quality Improvement Project)


Additional speakers and topics coming soon!

Plus, state-level breakouts, watershed case studies and facilitated discussions.

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