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Red Cedar Watershed Conference Keynote Mark Seeley

2021 Opening Keynote: Regional Climate Change: Impacts on Local Landscapes and Watershed Management

Mark Seeley, former Extension Climatologist and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota (1978-2018).

Opening Keynote Description
Regional Climate Change:  Impacts on Local Landscapes and Watershed Management

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8:45-9:45 am

Mark Seeley Biography

In his role as Extension Climatologist and Meteorologist Dr. Seeley managed the Weather and Climate Education Program, as well as doing research and teaching. He has served as a weekly commentator on Minnesota Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” news program and written the weekly newsletter (blog) “Minnesota WeatherTalk” since 1992. Dr. Seeley has helped Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) produce award-winning documentaries on Minnesota’s most memorable historical weather events, and on how climate change is affecting the state’s infrastructure and natural resources. He is author of Minnesota Weather Almanac (1st edition published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2006 and second edition published in 2015), and co-author (with Don Breneman) of Voyageur Skies: Weather and the Wilderness in Minnesota’s National Park (Afton Press, 2011), an award-winning book about the state’s only national park.

Dr. Seeley has been honored with a variety of awards, some of which include: Minnesota Crop Production Retailers Association Outstanding Service Award, December 2017; Minnesota Agri-Growth Council Distinguished Service Award, November 2017; The Siehl Prize in Agriculture for lifetime contributions of knowledge to the agricultural sciences, May 2014; The University President’s Award for Outstanding Community Service, May, 2012; The Scientific Communication and Education Award from Sigma Xi (2001, 2008, 2017); the University of Minnesota Extension Dean and Director’s Award, 2006; the MN/DOT Research Center Partnership Award (for design and use of snow fences), 2003

EDUCATION:
B.A. University of California, Berkeley, CA 1969 (pre-law)
M.S. Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 1975 (meteorology)
Ph.D. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 1977 (climatology)

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY :
Assistant Professor, 1978-1982 (100 pct Extension)
Associate Professor, 1983-1989 (80 pct Extension, 20 pct Research)
Professor, 1989-2018 (79 pct Extension. 21 pct Research)
Visiting Scientist, UK Meteorological Office, England 1989-1990
NOAA Partnership Fellow, 2002, Climate Prediction Center, Wash. D.C.

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Red Cedar Watershed Conference Keynote Rick Clark

2021 Afternoon Keynote: Coming Soon!

Rick Clark, owner and operator of Clark Land & Cattle and Farm Green Consulting

Afternoon Keynote Description

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12:05-1:05 pm

Rick Clark Biography

Rick Clark is a 5th generation farmer from Williamsport, IN. The main goal on the farm is to build soil health and achieve balance with Mother Nature. Rick has developed and is constantly improving a systematic approach to regenerative farming. He is most proud of incorporating regenerative farming practices with all acres being certified organic. He calls it regenerative organic stewardship with no tillage. He will suppress weeds and build soil health with cover crops and no tillage. Rick also cares deeply about human health, as it is another important driver behind the organic no till style of farming. Rick is building a system that will be viable and profitable for generations to come.

2022 Breakout Presentations

Morning Session Block
10:15 - 11:05 AM

Afternoon Session Block
2:25 - 3:15 PM

Paul Cunningham & Kasey Yallaly
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Presenter: Paul Cunningham
DNR

Presenter: Kasey Yallaly
Fish Biologist

Dr. Jim Boulter
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Presenter: Dr. Jim Boulter
Professor, UWEC

 

 

Tara Daun
Conservation Agriculture: What Is It, and Why Aren't All Farmers Doing It

Tara Daun

Presenter: Tara Daun
Farmer-Led Watershed Council Coordinator, Wisconsin Farmers Union

 

Tara Daun is the Farmer-Led Watershed Council Coordinator for Wisconsin Farmers Union. In this role, Daun works directly with 4 farmer-led councils located in Dunn, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties to increase farmer engagement, build council capacity, expand participation in incentive programs, coordinate water testing and programming, and foster conservation in the Red Cedar and St. Croix watersheds. She previously worked with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, assisting farmers through application and contract processes to provide them with financial assistance for conservation practices.

These councils consist of farmers working alongside county staff to increase farmer awareness of water quality issues and adoption of conservation practices. Through the councils’ work, educational networking events are held on farms to showcase conservation practices such as no-till, strip tillage, cover crops, and grassed waterways with test plots and on-the-ground work.

“My hope is that we can increase soil health, farmer profitability, and water quality all at the same time. That takes farmers learning from other farmers to perfect practices that can reduce inputs and time spent on the tractor while maintaining profits and protecting the soil and water.”

www.Farmerledwatershed.org

Facebook.com/farmerledwatershed

 

Nicole Hayes
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Bob Micheel
Monroe County Climate Change Task Force

Monroe County has a history of flooding and intense rain events that have ravaged the southern portions of the county, since 2007.  In response to the destruction of infrastructure, private property, and agriculture, this led to the development of the Monroe County - Climate Change Task Force (CCTF) in 2019.  Hear from a county in western Wisconsin taking the initiative on climate change in Wisconsin. Bob Micheel will share how Monroe County not only passed a proactive resolution recognizing climate change while supporting the efforts of the newly created Climate Change Task Force. The CCTF will seek federal, state, and local assistance (technical & financial) to implement their 10 goals to address the symptoms of climate change while implementing mitigation practices to reduce the counties impact.

Bob Micheel

 

 

 

Presenter: Bob Micheel
Director, 
Monroe County Land Conservation Department (LCD)

Bob is the Monroe County Land Conservation Department (LCD)–Director, where he previously served as a Soil & Water Conservationist with the LCD in Sparta, Wisconsin, since 1989. Has a B.S. Degree in Resource Management and Soil Science from UWSP. He has served on many federal, state and local committees influencing conservation policy. Over the course of 30 plus years in Monroe County he’s responsible for the stream restoration program which included the Amish Community; phosphorous trading program with municipalities, created the first Land Use Planner position in Monroe County along with the Climate Change Task Force, and serves as the Wisconsin Land & Water - President. He grew up in a small community called the Arches, in Winona County MN.

Rick Clark
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Rick Clark

Presenter: Rick Clark
Owner and operator of Clark Land & Cattle and Farm Green Consulting

Rick Clark is a 5th generation farmer from Williamsport, IN. The main goal on the farm is to build soil health and achieve balance with Mother Nature. Rick has developed and is constantly improving a systematic approach to regenerative farming. He is most proud of incorporating regenerative farming practices with all acres being certified organic. He calls it regenerative organic stewardship with no tillage. He will suppress weeds and build soil health with cover crops and no tillage. Rick also cares deeply about human health, as it is another important driver behind the organic no till style of farming. Rick is building a system that will be viable and profitable for generations to come.