2022 Soil Health Workshop Conference

February 15th - 17th, 2022 - St. George UT


Jill Clapperton

Jill Clapperton PhD is the Principal Scientistand Owner of Rhizoterra Inc, she is an internationally recognized educator on howto create, measure, and maintain healthy productive soils that produce tasty nutrientdense food. Jill has a PhD in Plant Ecophysiology, and worked as theRhizosphere Ecologist for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for 16 years before foundingRhizoterra Inc (a USA based company). Jill was a board member for the Pacific Northwest Direct SeedAssociation for 5 years coordinating the Farmed Smart Program that certifiesfarms as Sustainable and Regenerative. Rhizoterra is a partner in Our GroundedGrowth, Harvest Today, and Prolific Earth Sciences.  Jill acts as a scientific advisor to theBionutrient Institute supporting research for farmers that have healthy soilsand grow nutrient dense food. Rhizoterra Inc is an international food securityconsulting company guiding people, organizations, and corporations as theyendeavor to create and measure healthy productive soils that grow tastynutrient dense food in a way that honours our farming culture, regeneratesarable lands, and sustains environmental integrity.

Learn more at https://www.rhizoterra.com/

Jimmy Emmons

An international leader in the soil health movement, Jimmy served as the regional coordinator for USDA’s Farm Production and Conservation Program. He recently joined the Oklahoma Conservation Commission as its Soil Health Mentoring Coordinator. Jimmy and his wife Ginger, manage 2,000 cropland acres and 5,000 rangeland acres with regenerative agriculture techniques in Dewey County Oklahoma. Their annual Rainfall is 20” give or take 20” Jimmy says. They received Oklahoma’s first Leopold Conservation Award in 2017.


William DeMille

William DeMille is a lifelong farmer, gardener, and more recently a farm consultant. He holds certificates in aquaponic engineering and production from Cornell University, New York, and GrowHaus, Denver, Colorado. He has consulted several agricultural startups and other farming enterprises since 2005. He is also a Medical Massage Therapist. He specializes in midscale vegetable production utilizing high tunnels and greenhouses but also teaches new farmers the how-tos of all aspects of running their farm. He loves integrating the practical ideas of many gardening methods together from the natural resources found in their local area. He focuses on mimicking nature to create functioning soils. He has built three farms from the ground up from bare earth to productive food-producing systems. He loves everything food-related found in the outdoors including gardening, tractors, all the old style organic ideas, hunting, fishing, livestock production, dutch oven cooking, and more… He currently lives with his wife, Vernie Lynn DeMille in the snow capped mountains of Northern Nevada. They have 4 children. As of January 2022, William is in the final process of certifying as a soil testing laboratory with Dr. Elaine Engham’s Soil Food Web School. And plans to have his lab set up and running in late winter 2022.

Tyson Coles

Tyson Cole - Is a 5th generation farmer. His farms 630 acres of irrigated and dryland ground east of Idaho Falls, Idaho and runs 115 cow/calf pairs on 198 acres of irrigated and rangeland pasture. He raises wheat, barley, alfalfa, and mixed forages. He has been implementing soil health practices since 2016 which started with cover crops and grazing more crop land acres. He has increased to moving to reduced and no till as well as testing out interseeding to try and increase crop diversity. He is a supervisor on the local conservation district board and is trying to make his farm more self-sustaining through soil health practices

Evan DeMarco

Evan DeMarco is a leading sports medicine and nutrition expert, successful entrepreneur, published author, public speaker and frequent guest on television, radio, and digital platforms. Leveraging his sports background, his entrepreneurial success, and his thirst for knowledge, Evan returned to school to bio- and organic chemistry and went on to develop a vastly improved formula for prenatal supplements delivered in liquid form after finding out he was going to be a father. From there he worked to develop numerous ingredient technologies to improve brain function in infants, children and adults while supporting the growth of a pharmaceutical company valued at over $ 1billion.  His products have grossed over $600 million in the global market. Evan founded Complete Human Industries whose mission to educate and inspire healthier people for a healthier planet and recently started Regenerative Pastures to help support a unified global regenerative agriculture movement.

Jared Sorensen

Jared and Selena have been married 25 years and are the parents of nine children. Last year they welcomed their first granddaughter into their family. They are 3rd generation ranchers, managing the operation Jared’s grandfather and father built in Secret Pass and Clover Valley, Nevada. Jared is a life-long learner and has been applying and teaching principles of holistic management, soil regeneration, and biodynamics. Jared has mentored many young people seeking to get a start in agriculture. Some have gone on to purchase, lease, or manage ranches. The Sorensens raise and market grass fed beef, teach onsite and virtual classes, and offer internships on the ranch. Rubymountainfoods.com

Cameron Williams

Cameron Williams ranches with his father in Grace Idaho.  The ranch has been in the family since 1904.  He obtained an associate’s degree in Agronomy from Ricks College and a bachelor’s degree in Ag Economics from University of Idaho.  He currently is working on growing cover crops to improve soil health, extend the growing season and decrease days of feeding harvested forages.   He has tried growing at least 40 different species of crops.  With mixes of up to 14 species.

Joe Cann

Joseph Cann is part of Zaugg Jersey Farm which was established in West Point Ut by Willford  Zaugg in the year 1942 . In 1995 the operation was relocated to Lewiston Ut. by his son Reed Zaugg. Reed and Joe currently milk 260 Jersey cows on 240 acres. Currently they graze 160 late lactation milk cows on established pasture and cover crops through the growing season with the bred heifers being grazed on cover crops in the fall. 2/3 of the corn grown on the operation is no-till planted into triticale stubble. Joe has been experimenting with interseeding cover crops into corn silage, and even built his own interseeder.

3 Springs Land and Livestock

Mitch Dumke

Mitch Dumke is a partner of 3 Springs Land and Livestock, a ranch focused on regenerative practices that produce healthier animals and a healthier environment. Mitch started his career as a photojournalist for news outlets then spent the last nine years in product management roles at Lucid Software and Pluralsight practicing human-centered design. He left building apps to pursue building soil, which he believes to be the foundation of a functional and sustainable society.

James Gilson

James Gilson is a partner of 3 Springs Land and Livestock, a ranch focused on regenerative practices that produce healthier animals and a healthier environment. At 3 Springs James uses his professional background in Finance and Accounting to oversee the business. In addition to 3 Springs L&L James is a Partner at Banyan Ventures, a private equity firm that helps early-stage companies grow.

Living Soil Laboratories

McKinley Smoot

McKinley was raised on a cattle ranch at the foot of the Uinta Mountains. McKinley grew up helping his father implement Holistic Management on family land. McKinley is Partner of 3 Spring Land & Livestock and Owner of Living Soils Laboratories LLC. McKinley is an Accredited Professional with the Savory Institute and is also Certified Lab-Tech with the Soil Foodweb School and is  becoming a consultant with Soil Foodweb School as well.

Braden McMurdie

Braden is the 3rd generation on their farm and ranch in northern utah with his Wife and 3 boys, He Farms along with his brother and his family and his mom and dad. They run a little over 500 irrigated acres outside Tremonton Utah and a several thousand-acre cattle ranch in southern Idaho. They currently are running 250 mother cows and several hundred yearlings. They started using cover crops in 2016 and have been no-till since 2017. They raise corn, wheat, triticale, oats, alfalfa and cover crops. They have a grass finishing program that their open heifers get cycled through which have allowed them to further utilize summer cover crops and convert them to profit. They try hard every year to plant a cover crop on every irrigated acre and their opperation's focus is centered on soil health.

Zach Byram

Zach is the District Manager for Clear Creek Conservation District in Buffalo, Wyoming and has been in this position for 6 years. His previous work experience includes serving as a Wildlife Project Manager for an Environmental Consulting firm, working as a Research Assistant at USDA APHIS National Wildlife Research Center, as well as stints with the USDA Forest Service and Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.  Zach enjoys utilizing his diverse wildlife and fisheries background to plan and implement landscape-scale projects that benefit a wide variety of resources from range to water to wildlife. In an effort to focus time and funding efforts related to these projects he is currently working on a GIS model that will help prioritize project areas within the District’s boundaries.

Recent efforts specific towards soil health include assisting producers incorporate cover crops into their ranching systems with an emphasis on integrating livestock into the cover crops. When not at work Zach loves hunting, fishing, backpacking and chasing his kids around Wyoming for their sports endeavors.

Vaughn Peterson

Vaughn Peterson earned a Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Years later, he graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and was certified as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and an International Health Coach. Before joining Natural Grocers, Vaughn worked for over twenty years as an engineer in the implantable medical device industry. Vaughn is fascinated by the complexity and elegance of the human body and loves showing people how to support health and longevity through lifestyle and nutritional practices. Vaughn is a farm boy at heart and loves healthy, natural food in addition to time outside under the sun.

Jim Ippolito

Jim Ippolito received hisBS in Plant Sciences with a concentration in Agronomy from the University ofDelaware (1989), and a MS (1992) and PhD (2001) in Environmental SoilChemistry/Quality from Colorado State University.  He worked for CSU from 1989 to 2007, focusingon beneficial reuse of organic-based materials in production agriculturalsettings.  He then worked for theUSDA-ARS in Kimberly, ID (2007 to 2016) as a research soil scientist, focusingon water and soil contamination issues, and soil health.  Jim currently works for CSU as a professor ofsoil fertility/soil health in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences.  His research focuses attention on quantifyingsoil health in dryland and irrigated agroecosystems, grazed rangelands/pasture/grasslandsettings, organic agroecosystems, CRP, and mine reclamation sites in thecentral and western US.

Matt Yost

Dr. Matt Yost is a native of southern Idaho where he was raised on a dairy farm. After completing his PhD in Applied Plant Science at the University of Minnesota, he spent 4 years conducting postdoctoral research in the Midwest. He is currently an assistant professor and agroclimate extension specialist at Utah State University. His current research and extension efforts center on optimizing water use in agriculture, soil health, precision agriculture, and adaptive nutrient management. He is the director of USU crops – a team of 25 Extension faculty conducting coordinated research and outreach that has educated and assisted thousands of stakeholders.

Mike Pace

Mike Pace grew up ona small family dairy farm in Northern Utah. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Utah StateUniversity with emphasis in Extension Education.  He has worked for USU Extension in Millardand Box Elder Counties for the past 24 years. His research work focuses on safflower, oilseeds, corn, wheat, alfalfa,and cover crops

Jake Hadfield

Jake Hadfield grew up on a small beef operation in Lehi, Utah. He graduated fromUtah State University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree with an emphasis inanimal science and ruminant nutrition. Jake has worked with USU Extension forthe last three years in Cache County. His research and educational work focuseson pasture, cover crops, alfalfa, and Livestock.

Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson was hired in May of 2019 as the AgricultureStrategy Manager.  Brad comes to TNC witha deep knowledge of Idaho Agriculture. He grew up farming in Northern Idaho,managed a farm in the Magic Valley in Idaho and raised cattle with his wife’sfamily in Lemhi county.  Brad holds adegree in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Idaho and has used thateducation as a crop consultant for a large fertilizer company in Eastern Idahobefore coming to work at TNC.

Kyler Johnson

Kyler Johnson grew up here in Northern Utah, graduated from Weber State in 2015 with a degree in zoology and chemistry. In 2016 He started working for Noosun Dairy in Corinne Utah. He became interested in compost because of the benefits it can provide to the farm as well as solving the waste problem every dairy can have. He began investigating how to make and utilize a high quality compost. Over the last two years he has been using the information he found to produce a compost product that is applied to the fields. He continues to learn and strive to improve the quality of compost they can produce, leading to higher yields, better quality, and more sustainability.


Breakout Sessions

Location and Registration

Beginners Workshop

Feb. 15th 2022
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dixie Convention Center
1835 Convention Center Dr,
St. George, UT 84790

Soil Health Conference

Feb. 16-17th 2022
Dixie Convention Center
1835 Convention Center Dr,
St. George, UT 84790

Registration Option

Registration Options Include:
1. Conference and Beginners Workshop Bundle - Includes registration for both Beginners Workshop Feb 15th and Conference on Feb 16th-17th. includes Lunch on all days.
2. Soil Health Workshop Conference - Includes registration for just the conference on Feb 16-17th. includes lunch on both days.
3. Soil Health Workshop Virtual Attendance - Online option for the conference, will include access to online recordings of all the sessions.

Buy Tickets

For issues or questions with registration please contact Tony Richards via email at tdrichards@utah.gov. Registration for all events in done through Eventbrite. If the above ticket widow does not work copy the following link into your internet browsers address bar. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soil-health-in-the-west-conference-and-beginners-workshop-tickets-163263506543

Hotel Options

A limited number of local hotels are offering a speical room rate for event attendees. Space is limited and is on a first come first serve basis. USHP cannot garentee a room will be avabile.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites
2450 North Town Center Drive Washington, Utah 84780
ask for the Utah Soil Partnership Group Block. Book by Feb 4th, while available rooms last.