Virtual Shop Talks for Farmers

A series for farmers to learn practical ideas from peers and experts

Theme: Resource stewardship in hard times

Stress is not new to farmers, but 2020 was something else. During challenging times, it might be hard to justify changing farming practices or keeping up new ones, even if you know it might be better for your operation in the long run.

So how can you make soil health and stewardship practices work in times of stress and uncertainty?

This virtual Shop Talk series will be an opportunity to have meaningful conversations with other farmers and experts about practical ideas and programs that can help you weather hard times and have success with stewardship practices on your farm.

In each session, we’ll first hear about solutions from experts and direct experiences from farmers. Then, we’ll break into conversation, where you can chat farmer-to-farmer about your experiences, challenges, and solutions related to the topic at hand.

This free series is open to farmers across the Midwest and Mid-South.* We invite you to connect with like-minded farmers who share your interest in having a profitable operation, healthy soils, and clean water.

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Dates and Line-up

Dates: We’ll meet over 4 Wednesdays in 2021 – February 3rd and 17th; March 3rd and 17th
Time: 9am to 10:30am CT / 10am to 11:30am ET (every session)
Place: Zoom (link sent upon registration)

Grab that second cup of coffee and join us!

*Each session will open with a 40-minute panel discussion, followed by 20-minute shop-talk breakouts.

Making Conservation Make Cents
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

Join us for an economics discussion focused on ways to finance conservation practice implementation.


  • Paul Dietmann, Compeer Financial
  • Steve Stierwalt
, Farmer and Illinois STAR program
  • Adam Chappell, Arkansas farmer 

Re-Thinking How We Manage On-Farm Nutrients
Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

Learn how to maximize the benefits of your nutrient resources through manure utilization and cover crop management.


  • Tony Peirick, Wisconsin farmer
  • Dale Macheel, Wisconsin farmer
  • Dr. Josh McGrath, University of Kentucky Soil Management Specialist

Making Progress through On-Farm Trials
Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021

Engage with farmers embracing innovative approaches and stressful conditions to improve their own operations.


  • Amber Radatz, Wisconsin Discovery Farms
  • Steve Stevens, Arkansas farmer
  • Adam Lasch, Wisconsin farmer

Farmer-to-Farmer Perspectives to Help You Nail Down Your Next Steps
Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Let’s have an honest discussion about the economics, practicality, and reality of conservation practices in times of farm stress.


  • Adam Braun, Illinois farmer
  • Cody Rakes, Kentucky farmer
  • David Arant, Mississippi farmer
  • Adam and Betsy Lasch, Wisconsin farmers

Questions? Contact Amanda Gumbert

This event is organized by a multi-state collaboration of land grant universities in Mississippi River Basin states of the Midwest and Mid-South, funded by the U.S. EPA under cooperative agreement MX – 00D87719. Collaborating universities include Mississippi State University, University of Kentucky, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Arkansas, and University of Illinois.