"Dirt" author to open global ag conservation conference Soil health is key to sustaining civilization

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- One of the world's foremost authorities on soil health headlines the opening keynote session at the 6th World Conference on Conservation Agriculture (WCCA).

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In his address titled, "A Case for Global Soil Restoration," David Montgomery will speak on the need to reverse the trend of soil degradation, one of the most overlooked environmental crises that the world faces. He also will offer an overview of how humanity has treated soils from the dawn of agriculture to the modern era, and what that means for producers worldwide.

Attendees will gain a better understanding of how soil restoration can address climate change and feeding the world's growing population.

Montgomery is best known for his book, Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, which is a major work for conservation agriculture. This book presents a history of the world's fertile soil and how its preservation or abuse has determined the prosperity and downfall of many civilizations. In the book, he also shows that agricultural conservation practices can provide solutions to many of the environmental challenges faced today. Montgomery also is a professor at University of Washington and a leading expert in soil's impact on society.

WCCA is a global congress focused on practical conservation applications and techniques that will help conserve soil, water and other natural resources, as well as provide economic returns. The conference will be held June 22-25, 2014, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Register before May 1 for early registration discounts.

The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) is a member of the Conservation Agriculture Systems Alliance, a North American network of conservation-focused agricultural organizations, and one of WCCA's organizers.

For more information on WCCA, guest speakers and optional tours, visit wcca6.org and follow WCCA6 on Twitter and Facebook.

To learn more about conservation agriculture and CTIC, visit ctic.org or call 765-494-9555.

Media Contact: Jeff Whetstine, March Consulting, LLC, 3144404248, jeff@consultmarch.com

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