08-15-16 The 2016 Quivira Conference “Lights, Soil, Action!”to be held in Albuquerque, NM on Nov 9 – 11…

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2016 Quivira Conference “Lights, Soil, Action!”

Featuring: Dr. Temple Grandin & Wes Jackson

NOVEMBER 9 – 11, 2016, Albuquerque, New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, NM. – The Quivira Coalition is proud to announce its 2016 Quivira Conference: “Lights, Soil, Action!” taking place Wednesday– Friday, November 9 – 11, 2016 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Thanks to more than three decades of innovation and on-the-ground beta-testing we have an amazing toolbox of regenerative, profitable and potentially scalable solutions to a wide variety of twenty-first century challenges, including drought and food scarcity. However, most of these solutions have not reached their potential despite their many benefits. Quivira’s 15th conference, will tackle the urgent question: How can we transform our world by getting regenerative solutions implemented widely and quickly? What are the obstacles? The opportunities? What are we doing wrong? Right?

Speakers will offer their answers from diverse perspectives, including agriculture, conservation, policy, science, and advocacy, emphasizing leaders who are making a difference and real-world projects that are scaling up to effective levels.

2016 speakers include (partial list):

Featured Speaker: Wes Jackson has spent forty years working to scale up regenerative agriculture both by his leadership at The Land Institute, which has pioneered research into the production of perennial crops.

Partial list of speakers:

·      Lesli Allison, Executive Director, Western Landowner’s Alliance, New Mexico

·      Gary Burnett, Blackfoot Watershed, Montana

·      Jonathan Lundgren, PhD. , Entomologist, agroecologist, CEO of Blue Dasher Farm and Director of Ecdysis Foundation. South Dakota

·      Jim Howell, CEO, Grasslands LLC, Montana

·      Lindsey Lusher Shute, Executive Director, National Young Farmers Coalition, New York.

·      Lucy Waruingi, Executive Director, African Conservation Center, Kenya, East Africa

We are also proud to announce that Dr. Temple Grandin will be speaking at the Quivira Conference fundraiser on the first night of the conference – Wednesday, November 9.  

Dr. Grandin, is an internationally renowned New York Times Bestselling Author, world renowned livestock handler and noted individual living with and advocating for those with autism.

See our entire list of conference speakers here.

The video presentations of speakers from previous years can be found here: youtube.com/quiviracoalition.

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE: Each year the Quivira Coalition Conference attracts nearly 500 attendees from across the country to Albuquerque, New Mexico. This conference excels at the sharing of innovative ideas, the strengthening relationships and fuels the fire for attendees to put their newfound knowledge into action.

Jim Gerrish, previous conference speaker said, “As a result of the three days we spent at the Quivira conference, Dawn and I got fully recharged and inspired to continue to run the good race and fight the good fight. I finally have reason to believe the future of American agriculture is a little brighter than I thought it might be.”

ABOUT THE QUIVIRA COALITION: The mission of the Quivira Coalition is to build resilience by fostering ecological, economic and social health on western landscapes through education, innovation, collaboration, and progressive public and private land stewardship.  Our constituency of over 3,500 people is highly diverse, including ranchers, environmentalists, federal and state agency personnel, tribal members, academics, and the public at large.

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For more information about the conference, visit QuiviraCoalition.org.