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February 23-24, 2016- Madison, WI

February 23, 2016- MCCC Working Group Meeting - Registration fee $35, Register here

February 24, 2016- "The Science of Cover Crops" - SOLD OUT!

*Registration fees include lunch*

Meeting location:
Lake Mendota Room
Dejope Hall
640 Elm Drive
Madison, WI  53706

Agenda ( Tues. Feb. 23 printable pdf; Wed. Feb 24 printable pdf)

Tuesday, February 23 (Registration fee $35, Register here)

7:15-8:15am- NCCC-211 Project Meeting – NCCC-211 representatives only- Meeting Chair, Marisol Berti, North Dakota State University

7:30–8:30am- Registration
8:30am- Welcome- Matt Ruark, University of Wisconsin-Madison
8:35am- MCCC Update- Dean Baas, Michigan State University Extension
8:45am- State / Province Reports (15 minutes each)

  • Ohio
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin
  • Kansas
  • Nebraska
  • Illinois
10:15am- Break / Poster Session
10:30am- State / Province Reports Continue (15 minutes each)
  • Michigan
  • North Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • Iowa
  • Ontario
  • Indiana
  • Missouri

12:15pm- Lunch / Poster Session
1:30pm- Working Sessions- Potential topics include website, decision tool, field guide and other publications and grant collaboration
3:00pm- Break/Poster Session
3:15pm- MCCC Partner Reports

  • SARE
  • NWF
  • PFI
  • North East Cover Crops Council
4:15pm- Business Meeting Adjourns
4:30pm- Board of Directors Meeting (Board members only)
5:30pm- Social Hour/Dinner/Networking- Location: TBD


Wednesday, February 24 (SOLD OUT!)

8:00am- Registration/Informal Poster Presentations

9:00am-Welcoming Remarks- Matt Ruark, Univeristy of Wisconsin-Madison

9:05am- What Issues Will Future Agriculture Face?- Jerry Hatfield, USDA National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment

9:45am- Reducing Soil Erosion and Improving Soil Health- Eileen Kladivko, Purdue University

10:15am- Cover Crops as a Nutrient Source- Laura van Eerd, University of Guelph

10:35am- Break

10:55am- Cover Crops and Water Quality- Tom Kaspar, USDA‐ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment

11:15am- Cover Crops, Forages, and Grazing- Kim Cassida, Michigan State University

11:45am- The Meta‐Economics of Cover Crops- Paul Mitchell, University of Wisconsin‐Madison

12:15pm- Discussion and Morning Wrap Up- Matt Ruark, University of Wisconsin‐Madison

12:30pm- Lunch (@ Dejope Dining Hall)

1:30pm- Poster Speed Session- Poster presenters will have one minute to present key findings and messages

2:00pm- Farmer, Consultant, and Industry Panel
Panelists: Tom Novak, Total Crop Management, LLC
Charlie Hammer, Hammer‐Kavazanjian Farms
Jim Stute, Michael Fields Institute
Sarah Carlson, Practical Farmers of Iowa
Dave Robison, Legacy Seeds, Inc.

3:00pm- Afternoon Break/Poster Session

3:30pm- New Approaches in Cover Crop Management- Ann Verhallen, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture

4:00pm- General Discussion: Future Cover Crop Needs and Closing Remarks
Moderated by Matt Ruark, University of Wisconsin‐Madison

Hotel information
A block of guest rooms have been reserved at the following hotels close to the UW-Madison Campus. Both hotels do provide free shuttle service to and from campus. Please ask for the specific group code when making your reservation to secure the special group rate.

Best Western Plus InnTowner and The Highland Club
2424 University Avenue
Madison, WI  53726
(608) 233-8778
$109 plus tax per night
Group Code: CALSCROP
Reservation Cut-Off Date: January 29, 2016

DoubleTree by Hilton
525 West Johnson Street
Madison, WI  53706
(608) 251-5511
$139 plus tax per night
Group Code: SCC
Reservation Cut-Off Date: January 26, 2016

Campus Parking:While we are excited to host the event on the campus of University of Wisconsin-Madison, we do acknowledge that parking may be the most concerning aspect to your travels. There is one ramp (Lot 36) that is close and accommodates visitors (for an hourly or daily fee), but is expected to fill up early. Permits for parking lots closer to the event can be purchased ahead of time: Ordering a permit gets you access to a lot close the event that is not available to the public. The closest lots are 62, 58, 57, and 43). The campus parking map can be found here: and there is a website that indicates real time availability of the public lots on campus: (the closest public are 36, 27, and 20 – in blue) on parking map. For those from out of town, the hotels at which we blocked out rooms do have a shuttle service. We highly suggest that you apply for a permit and/or carpool if possible. All in all, I'm sure that parking will only be minor concern on your way to attending the premier cover crop event of 2016.

Cancellation Policy: Registrants may cancel on or before Wednesday, February 10 for a full refund. Cancellations received after February 10 are subject to the entire registration fee. Substitutions may be made at any time. Contact CALS Conference Services at (608) 263-1672 or to make a substitution or cancellation. 


Iowa Cover Crops Conference February 17-18, 2015

Sheraton Hotel, West Des Moines, IA

*Organized by the MCCC, Soil and Water Conservation Society, and the Conservation Districts of Iowa



Tuesday, February 17

8:00am- NCCC211 Regional Committee Meeting (NCCC211 collaborators)

9:00am- MCCC Business Meeting (Exec. Comm. & State/Province Reps)

  • MCCC update
  • Leadership structure changes
  • Working session (time permitting)

11:30am- Joint SWCS/MCCC General Conference Registration Opens

1:00pm- Joint SWCS/MCCC General Conference (open-to-all, ends 7pm)


Wednesday, February 18

7:00am- Joint SWCS/MCCC General Conference continues (open-to-all)

3:30pm- MCCC Poster/discussion session (open-to-all)

4:30pm- MCCC Social networking (open-to-all, ends at 5:30pm)

6:00pm- Dinner on your own, chance to dine/network with other participants


Thursday, February 19

8:00am- MCCC Meeting- ends @ 3pm)



April 8-9- Warsaw, IN

**Stay tuned for the proceedings

Monday April 7, from 7-9pm -- Informal social gathering
Tuesday April 8

  • State/Province reports
  • Special reports
  • Updates and input on collaborative projects, including Cover Crop Pocket Guide revision and cover crop ipad app development.
  • Updates from partner groups including National Wildlife Fed’n, Green Lands Blue Waters, CTIC, Practical Farmers of Iowa
  • Discussion of organizational options for MCCC

Wednesday April 9
               Continue with items listed under Tuesday

Field tour—depending on weather, it will either be 2-5pm Tuesday, or 9am-12noon Wed.  Bring appropriate clothing and footwear.

Meeting Location
Wyndham Garden Warsaw
2519 E. Center St.
Warsaw, IN  46580



February 28- March 1, 2013- London, ON


Making Sen$e with Cover Crops Workshop (Thursday, February 28)

MCCC Business Meeting (Friday, March 1)


February 28-29, 2012- West Lafayette, IN

2012 MCCC Proceedings PDF- Click on titles in the Table of Contents to view

2012 Detailed Agenda


February 23-24, 2011- Ada, OH

2011 MCCC Proceedings PDF (8mb, large)- Click on titles in the Table of Contents to view

March 2-4, 2010- Ames, IA

2010 Meeting Photos

2010 Post-meeting Notes

News release regarding 2010 meeting from the Leopold Center (see pg. 6)

(click on title to view presentation/poster pdf PDF)

Wednesday (March 3, 2010)- General Session


2010 Business Meeting Notes

February 10-11, 2009- Windsor, ON

2009 Meeting Photos

2009 Meeting Brochure

(click on title to view presentation/poster pdf PDF)
Tuesday, February 10
The Real Dirt on Cover Crops (8:00 am-Noon)

The Real Dirt on Cover Crops (1:00 - 4:00 pm)

  • Planting the Seed- Encouraging Cover Crop Use- Eileen Kladivko, Purdue University and Ron Fauber, OSCIA
  • Why I Use Cover Crops- Mike Buis (ON), David Campbell (IL), and Wayne Lewis (OH)
  • Sourcing the Seed- Dave Robinson, Cisco Seeds
  • New Technology for Cover Crops- Tim Harrigan and Dale Mutch, Michigan State University
  • Making the Fit with Cover Crops- Panel discussion

Poster Session- Research

Poster Session- Extension

Wednesday, February 11
Strategic Communications (8:00 am-Noon)

Working Group Meetings (12:45-3:00pm)


March 11-12, 2008 - Indianapolis

MCCC Meeting March 11, 2008 in Indianapolis
MCCC Meeting March 11, 2008 in Indianapolis
MCCC Meeting March 11, 2008 in Indianapolis
MCCC Meeting March 11, 2008 in Indianapolis

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2008 Meeting Brochure

2008 MCCC Meeting Final Report

Strategic Communications Presentation

View individual state/province reports from the meeting:

April 10-11, 2007 - Minneapolis

MCCC Meeting Minneapolis (2007) MCCC Meeting Minneapolis (2007)
MCCC Meeting Minneapolis (2007)
MCCC Meeting Minneapolis (2007)

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Read the Agenda this meeting here.


August 2-3, 2006 - Brook Lodge, Augusta, Michigan

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