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
The 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.
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
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.
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.
"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.
Meeting attendees should make their own hotel reservations by contacting one of the following hotels:
Address: 6300 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO 63117
Telephone: (314) 647-7300
Price: $135 per night
Sheraton Clayton Plaza
Address: 7730 Bonhomme Ave., St. Louis, MO 63146
Price: $125 / $135 includes complimentary shuttle to/from Washington University in St. Louis
For directions to Hillman Hall, please click here.
Dr. Nick Goeser
Soil Health Partnership
Mr. William Hohenstein
US Department of Agriculture
Dr. Mike Lohuis
Dr. Suzanne Lutfalla
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
Dr. Chris Novak
National Corn Growers Association
Dr. Himadri Pakrasi
Dr. Keith Paustian
Colorado State University
Dr. Bob Reiter
Dr. Charles W. Rice
Kansas State University
Dr. Sally Rockey
Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
Dr. Barbara Schaal
Washington University and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences