Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government


Montana Soil Health Symposium 2023

Event Date
February 8-9, 2023
See details.
Billings Hotel and Convention Center, 1223 Mullowney Lane, Billings, MT
Fee Description
Before Jan. 16, $110/person - After Jan. 16, $135/person - Reduced price for students
Loose, uncompacted soil, healthy roots, earthworms and soil moisture are indications of healthy soil.

The Montana Soil Health Symposium is hosted by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Montana Association of Conservation Districts. It brings together national and local speakers to discuss soil health techniques and innovations.


Space is limited, so register soon.

This two-day event features well-known voices for regenerative agriculture and soil health like Jerry Doan of Black Let Ranch in McKenzie, ND, Brendon Rockey of Rockey Farms in Center, CO, and John Kempf of Advancing Eco Agriculture & in OH. These keynote speakers will focus on fundamental ideas based on their experience. Doan will speak on, "The Regenerative Journey. Bringing the next generation back, stacking enterprises, and improving profitability." Rockey's feature topic is biotic farming fundamentals and applications. Kempf will speak about the unrealized potential of soil and crop systems.

Adding to these speakers are 15 Montana producers covering topics relevant to farmers, ranchers, and gardeners of all sizes working to produce healthy, nutritious foods using the soil health principles.

But wait.

You'll also hear from Jay Fuhrer, former USDA NRCS conservationist and now working at the Menoken demonstration farm near Bismarck. Lance Gunderson, Regen Ag Lab, will explain the Haney test and what's next in soil health testing. Roy Thompson, farmer from Akaska, SD, will talk about tying soil health to human health. Glenn Elzinga, Alderspring Ranch near Salmon, ID, will discuss grazing and water systems for soil health.

That's not all. (This is even better than an infomercial.)

A pre-conference workshop, "Grass to Table! How to get your livestock in the hands of the consumer," will also be taking place on Feb. 7, 2023.