Postponed due to Hurricane Ian!! New dates will be shared soon.
The date is approaching fast and we’re making preparations. Don’t miss out!
January 30-31, 2023
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sand to Soil Services' team of Brad Turner, Ed James, RJ Rant, Agronomist from Nutrilink BioSystems, Dane Terrill, Consultant from Crop Services International, Joe Mullinax, Certified Plant Pathologist from Denele Analytical, and others will be presenting two days of comprehensive sessions sharing principles and practical ecosystem management strategies-- all with a focus on viability and profitability for our industry.
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Join us for this conference and walk away with the knowledge, tools and practices to implement in your own operations. Have the opportunity to network and gain additional insight and build confidence hearing about the successful adoptions of these practices throughout the United States.
For more information, call (813) 478-1349
Pre-Registration is Required
Call Sand to Soil Services or Register Online
SEVEN Sebring Raceway Hotel
150 Midway Drive
Sebring, FL 33870
(888) SEVEN01 or (888) 738-3601
Early Bird Price: $189
Includes two days of comprehensive sessions, printed materials, access to presentation materials, breakfast and lunch both days.
Price after January 1st: $219
Lodging: Sand to Soil Services has reserved a block of rooms at the SEVEN Sebring Raceway Hotel for attendees to stay for $130 a night. This includes complimentary WIFI, Pool and Parking.
Call (888) SEVEN01 or (888) 738-3601 and mention the Sand to Soil room block.
Call early to reserve your room. as The block will expire January 29th or when rooms have reached capacity.
Discussion Topics: Dane will lay the foundational basics of the conference including soil health (minerals, microbes, cover crops & carbon), tree health (fertility and monitoring). and the value of integrating practices to promote these essential concepts into citrus production.
Bio Information: Dane Terrill is the owner and consultant of Crop Services International (CSI), located in SW Michigan. CSI has a successful 30-year history of working with organic, biological, biodynamic and conventional growers across North America offering soil testing, interpretation, and products to support growers. Dane has a diverse background in agriculture spanning back since high school. After graduating from Albion College, Dane spent 11 years in the financial services industry with a suit and tie but found shorts and jeans were a better fit. He designed and built Peacock Ridge Golf Course using what is now deemed “Regenerative Practices”. Much was learned about soil and that prompted him into a self-guided study on the benefits of soil health. He attended Dr. Elaine Ingham’s Sustainable Studies Institute course on the biological components of soil, and then extended his knowledge by learning from the numerous mentors he crossed paths with over the years. From this education, experience, and knowledge he has developed a more pragmatic approach to agriculture focused on the “why” and “how” to improve soil health resulting in better quality, yield, and increased grower profitability. In his spare time Dane and his wife enjoy golf, fishing, gardening, and consuming beverages on the pontoon boat.
Discussion Topics: RJ will discuss key principles to soil health management to improve the economics on your operation. Starting from the bottom up, his focus will be from the soil perspective and how conventional citrus practices are contributing to the current state of affairs in citrus and agriculture as a whole. He will also present ideas on how to mitigate some of these challenges by integrating practices to promote soil and ultimately tree health.
Bio Information: RJ Rant is the owner of Terraform Ag and Nutrilink Biosystems. After graduating from Kalamazoo College, he took over management of his family’s blueberry farm and transitioned it to USDA Organic status. During this process he found that the products he needed to address his soil and plant needs did not exist, so he decided to create his own. Since then, he has been consulting for farmers across the country and designing products to meet the unique needs of their soils. He lives in Grand Haven, Michigan and enjoys hunting, fishing, and a good glass of scotch.
Discussion Topics: Understanding your soil and plant nutrition.
Bio Information: Joe Mullinax is a Certified Plant Pathologist for Denele Analytical, Inc. He has over twenty-five years of agricultural testing and research experience. Joe’s expertise is in Soil Health and Plant Nutrition. In his extensive career, he has conducted over 1,500 plant and soil research trials from universities to corporate research and development. He has developed soil testing methods that are the benchmark for today’s advanced soil and plant validations. Joe is a graduate of U.C. Davis with his undergraduate work in Plant Science and graduate work in Plant Pathology. Joe currently works with many California citrus growers and consultants. Although he currently resides in California, Joe was born in the south and spent many summers here in Florida. His pastimes include bass fishing and scuba diving.
Discussion Topics: Understanding soil health and how it pertains to ruminant nutrition.
Bio Information: Alexis grew up around agriculture in California’s Central Valley. She studied at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo where she received her bachelors and master’s in animal science with a concentration on Ruminant Nutrition. Her studies have taken her to northern Norway where she studied sheep production models. She is currently the Station Manager for Mullinax Sheep Station – an intensive-grazing 2500 head accelerated-lambing sheep operation that feeds, grow crops and grazes cover crop aftermaths.
Discussion Topics: Herb will discuss the regenerative practices he has implemented along with their successes and challenges through the unique lens of a grower and former chemical researcher.
Bio Information: Herb spent 38 years in the agricultural chemical industry. Much of this time was in field research positions with Bayer. After completing his career in this field, he decided to grow citrus in his retirement. He now has eight varieties of fresh fruit in South Georgia that are fully regenerative. Much of his grove is devoted to research plots. These plots include Soil DNA, Algae, Compost Tea, Tree Covers, and Cover Crop trials.