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’15 NIAA Annual Conference to feature Iowa State professor

More experts have been added to the line-up of speakers for the National Institute for Animal Agriculture 2015 Annual Conference to be held in Indianapolis, March 23-26, 2015. Two of the speakers that will close out the conference include Frederick Kirschenmann and Chris van der Loo.

Kirschenmann is a Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center and President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. He is also a professor at Iowa State University.

He is a longtime national and international leader of sustainable agriculture. In 1976, Kirschenmann converted his family's 1,800 acre farm in North Dakota to a certified organic operation. He has developed a diverse crop rotation that has enabled him to farm productively without synthetic inputs (fertilizers or pesticides) while simultaneously improving the health of the soil.

Kirschenmann's farm has been featured in numerous publications including National Geographic, Business Week, Audubon, the LA Times and Gourmet magazine.

Kirschenmann also has been advisor for several documentaries including American Meat and Symphony of the Soil. He has been recognized widely for his work. In 2014 he received the One World Award for Lifetime Achievement. He also was one of the first 10 recipients of the James F. Beard Foundation Leadership awards in 2011 and received the 2012 Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award from Practical Farmers of Iowa.

Another closing keynote speaker is Chris van der Loo, Marketing Director for the Water Solutions segment of the Agriculture Division for Trimble Navigation.

Trimble Navigation integrates its positioning expertise in GPS, laser, optical and inertial technologies with application software, wireless communications, and services to provide complete commercial solutions. By applying Trimble's advanced positioning solutions, productivity increases and safety improvements are being realized.

Van der Loo leads a team dedicated to developing high-performance solutions for the diverse Global Agriculture markets currently struggling with irrigation and water drainage challenges. Water management is an essential component of Precision Agriculture which focuses on minimizing field inputs and maximizing crop yields, with specific attention paid to promoting land stewardship and resource protection.

Trimble Navigation is one of four companies granted permission by the Federal Aviation Administration to use drones for aerial surveillance, construction site monitoring, and oil rig flare stack inspections.

The 2015 NIAA Annual Conference, Water and the Future of Animal Agriculture is March 23-26, 2015 in Indianapolis at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. For more information or to register online go to http://www.animalagriculture.org/2015AnnualConference or contact the NIAA by calling 719-538-8843 or emailing niaa@animalagriculture.org.

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