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CQuest: Charting a Course for Climate Research in Agriculture
St. Louis, MO, United States
October 24, 2016 – October 25, 2016
9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Hillman Hall, Washington University

Speaker Presentations

Dr. Charles W. Rice

Keynote “C-Quest: The Climate Research Challenge for Agriculture”

Mr. William Hohenstein

USDA Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry

Dr. Nick Goeser

Integrating US Midwest Field Research Networks for Climate Adaptation

Dr. Keith Paustian

Soil GHG Mitigation: Bringing ‘pie-in-the-sky’ down to earth

Dr. Bob Reiter

Private Sector Perspective on Climate Research

Dr. Suzanne Lutfalla

“4 per 1000” – Carbon Sequestration in Soils for Food Security and Climate

About
Agenda
Summary Report
Briefing Packet
News Release
Presentations
Accomodations
About

c-questlogoThe ILSI Research Foundation, together with Monsanto Company, Soil Health Partnership, Washington University in St. Louis, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the United States Department of Agriculture, organized a two-day workshop in October 2016 focusing on developing research targets for supporting agricultural goals that: support achievement of USDA’s “building blocks” for climate smart agriculture; integrate existing US Midwest field research networks for climate adaptation; and develop a research agenda to achieve a “carbon-neutral” agri-food system in the US through a focus on soil carbon and soil health, including validation of soil carbon protocols.

 

Agenda

Click here to view the agenda.

Program: The workshop covered several topics, including:

  • C-Quest: The Climate Research Challenge for Agriculture
  • USDA’s Building Blocks for Climate-Smart Agriculture
  • Integrating US Midwest Field Research Networks for Climate Adaptation
  • Achieving a “Carbon-Neutral” Agri-Food System through Soil Health
  • Private Sector Perspective on the Urgency of the Climate Research Challenge for Agriculture
Summary Report

Click here to view the report summarizing the outcomes of the workshop.

This report contains a full session summary, participation and polling information, and the top research targets identified for US Agriculture during C-Quest: Charting a Course for Climate Research in Agriculture. It also includes research needs and polling results for each of the breakout topics.

Briefing Packet

Click here to view the briefing packet.

This briefing packet was circulated to all workshop participants two weeks before the workshop. At the workshop itself, plenary presentations were used to provide background, raise the level of understanding of all participants, and describe workshop deliverables. The majority of workshop time was spent in breakout groups, where individuals were given ample time to provide their personal input on the research targets. This briefing packet provides some background information on the nine breakout topics.

News Release

"C-Quest 2016: Charting a Course for Climate Research in Agriculture"
ILSI Research Foundation Brings Together Expert Scientists and Farmers To Prioritize Top Research Needs for US Agriculture
View the ILSI Research Foundation official news release about CQuest here.

"Soil Health Key Topic of Landmark Climate-Smart Agriculture Meeting"
Heavy-hitters in ag, environment join forces for course-charting event in St. Louis
View the Soil Health Partnership New Release about CQuest here.

"Soil Health Tops Summit Agenda in St. Louis"
Seven “powerhouse” sponsors recently coordinated a St. Louis agricultural seminar focusing on techniques to strive for progressive and climate-smart agricultural practices throughout the farming industry.
View the Crop Protection News Report Article about CQuest here.

"Steps to Reduce Farming's Carbon Footprint May Also Boost Production"
Experts say farming practices that lead to carbon neutral food production can also contribute to higher production.
View the Brownfield Ag News for America Article about CQuest here.

"Increasing Carbon Sequestration in Soils"
What could climate change mean for ag?
View the Sustainable Agricultural Innovations and Foods Blog Post about CQuest here.

Presentations

Keynote “C-Quest: The Climate Research Challenge for Agriculture” (presentation)(video)
Dr. Charles W. Rice, Kansas State University

USDA’s Building Blocks for Climate-Smart Agriculture (presentation)(video)
Mr. William Hohenstein, US Department of Agriculture

Integrating US Midwest Field Research Networks for Climate Adaptation (presentation)(video)
Dr. Nick Goeser, Soil Health Partnership

Achieving a “Carbon-Neutral” Agri-Food System through Soil Health (presentation)(video)
Dr. Keith Paustian, Colorado State University

Private Sector Perspective on the Urgency of the Climate Research Challenge for Agriculture (presentation)(video)
Dr. Robert Reiter, Monsanto Company

“4 per 1000” – Carbon Sequestration in Soils for Food Security and Climate (presentation)(video)
Dr. Suzanne Lutfalla, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)

Accomodations

Meeting attendees should make their own hotel reservations by contacting one of the following hotels:

Cheshire Inn

Address: 6300 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO 63117
Telephone: (314) 647-7300
Website: http://bit.ly/CQuest16Cheshire
Price: $135 per night

Sheraton Clayton Plaza

Address: 7730 Bonhomme Ave., St. Louis, MO 63146
Telephone: (888)627-8535
Website: http://bit.ly/CQuest16Sheraton
Price: $125 / $135 includes complimentary shuttle to/from Washington University in St. Louis

For directions to Hillman Hall, please click here.

Speakers

Dr. Goeser Cquest2016

Dr. Nick Goeser

Soil Health Partnership

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Mr. William Hohenstein

US Department of Agriculture

Dr. Mike Lohuis CQuest2016

Dr. Mike Lohuis

Monsanto Company

Dr. Lutfalla CQuest 2016

Dr. Suzanne Lutfalla

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)

Dr. Chris Novak CQuest 2016

Dr. Chris Novak

National Corn Growers Association

Dr. Himadri Pakrasi CQuest2016

Dr. Himadri Pakrasi

I-CARES

Dr. Keith Paustian CQuest 2016

Dr. Keith Paustian

Colorado State University

Dr. Bob Reiter CQuest 2016

Dr. Bob Reiter

Monsanto Company

Dr. Charles W. Rice CQuest 2016

Dr. Charles W. Rice

Kansas State University

Dr. Sally Rockey, CQuest 2016

Dr. Sally Rockey

Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research

Dr. Barbara Schaal CQuest 2016

Dr. Barbara Schaal

Washington University and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences