MCCC Meetings

2023 – MCCC & SD Soil Health Coalition Conference

January 23-24 MCCC
January 24-25 SD Soil Health Coalition
Sioux Falls, SD

Monday Jan 23 State and Province reports will be livestreamed through Zoom. Use the link below, or download the calendar invite here. MCCC Annual Meeting Livestream

Passcode: 411971

For hotel reservations, call the Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel  in Sioux Falls at (605) 336-0650 for the Soil Health Conference rate of $101.99/night.

The Midwest Cover Crops Council’s Annual Meeting will be held in South Dakota for the first time in conjunction with the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition’s annual Soil Health Conference. Join us to learn about cover crop research and advancements across the Midwest during our state reports on Monday, January 23, at 1:00 p.m. and continue through Tuesday morning, January 24, with additional updates and working sessions. Registration for the MCCC annual meeting is available here.

The SDSHC Soil Health Conference will begin at 1 p.m. at the same location on Tuesday, Jan. 24, and will end at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Attendees must register for the SDSHC Soil Health conference separately. Soil Health Conference registration can be found here.

Student registration for the Midwest Cover Crops Council Annual Meeting is free and includes special sessions designed for graduate students.

The registration cost for non-students is $40. Lunch on Tuesday will be included with registration leading into the SDSHC Soil Health Conference, which will begin at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

Detailed agenda below. State/Province reports will be livestreamed.

Student Poster Competition – $500 Grand Prize Sponsored by GO Seed

Poster abstracts available2023 Poster Abstracts

Please email to register posters. Easel space is limited, and posters will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. 

Poster registration is required by Jan 13th to guarantee easel space. Posters submitted after the deadline will be accepted, as space allows.

Anyone is welcome to submit a poster to the MCCC annual meeting. We welcome you to display them throughout the MCCC annual meeting and into the SDSHC conference. Only students are eligible for prizes. Poster easels will be provided and are 36 x 48in. Posters up to ASA size (44.5″ x 44.5″) will be accepted, but will be large for the provided easels. Please register your poster even if you don’t plan to compete, so we have enough poster easels for everyone.

Online registration for MCCC annual meeting and poster competition is required. Students may submit an academic research poster on cover crops or continuous living cover. Cover crop species and varieties (where varieties were used) in the study must be named on the poster to qualify for prizes. Poster judging will be Monday Jan 23 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm during a networking reception. Enter to win $500 grand prize sponsored by GO Seed! Must be present to win.


Sunday January 22 – A group will meet at 6:30pm in the Best Western lobby to go to dinner. Please join us!

Monday January 23
1:00 – Welcome and Update
1:15 – State Reports
1:15 – South Dakota, David Karki
1:30 – Indiana, Eileen Kladivko
1:45 – Minnesota, Anna Cates
2:00 – Michigan, Dean Baas
2:15 – Break
2:30 – State & Province Reports
2:30 – Ontario, Anne Verhallen
2:45 – Ohio, Sarah Noggle
3:00 – Illinois, Nathan Johanning
3:15 – Kansas, Peter Tomlinson
3:30 – Manitoba, Yvonne Lawley
3:45 – Break
4:00 – State Reports
4:00 – North Dakota, Marisol Berti
4:15 – Nebraska, Katja Koehler-Cole
4:30 – Iowa, Alison Robertson
4:45 – Missouri, Bethany Bedeker
5:00 – Wisconsin, Ashley Waggoner
5:15 – Close

Student Session Concurrent to Main Session (optional for students)
1:15 – Student Networking
2:15 – Break
2:30 – Professional Roundtable (Rob Myers, SARE; Risa DeMasi, GO Seed)
3:45 – Break
4:00 – Professional Roundtable (Dean Baas, retired Michigan State; Lara Bryant, NRDC)
5:00 – Close

5:15-6:30 – Networking reception and poster judging
7:00 Meet in lobby to carpool to dinner Crooked Pint for dinner (2020 W Russell St, Sioux Falls)

Tuesday January 24
7:30 – 8:15 – NCCC-211 (private meeting room)
8:30 – Partner Reports

8:30 – Welcome and regional council updates
8:40 – Iowa Learning Farms
8:50 – Practical Farmers of Iowa
9:00 – American Farmland Trust
9:10 – NRDC
9:20 – SARE

9:30 – Working Groups (tentative topics)

  • Cover Crop Analyzer (N) Expansion
  • Industry Needs Assessment
  • “Train the Trainer” Curriculum Development

10:30 – Board Meeting (board members only)
11:30-12:30 – Lunch
1:00 – SDSHC starts


MCCC’s 2022 Annual Meeting and Conference was held in conjunction with the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference (CTTC) in Ada, OH.

State reports will be posted soon.



Making Connections: Cover Crops, Soil Health, People – 2021 MCCC Virtual Conference and Annual Meeting

February 23-25 hosted by University of Guelph

State/Province Reports

Past meeting information


February 11-12 in Kansas City, MO

State/Province Reports

Cover Crops and Soil Health:  The Practical Way Forward

Dates:February 20-21, 2019
Location: Springfield, IL

State Reports

Partner Reports

February 21, 2019 – “Cover Crops and Soil Health:  The Practical Way Forward”

Building your Soil Health System on Sound Principals – Barry Fisher, NRCS Soil Health Specialist
Nutrient Reduction Regulations – Sarah Noggle, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, Ohio State University Extension
The Effect of N Management and Cover Crops on Tile Nitrate Loads in Central Illinois – Lowell Gentry, Principal Research Specialist in Agriculture, University of Illinois
Keynote: Practical Implementation of Cover Crops – Lee Briese, 2017 International Crop Adviser (CCA) of the Year
Soil Health – What’s Old, What’s New, and How Does it Relate to Cover Cropping? – Andrew Margenot, Assistant Professor of Soil Science, University of Illinois
Effects of Cover Crops on Weed Control in Soybean – Brent Sunderlage, Weed Science Researcher, Southern Illinois University
Farmer and Crop Adviser Panel Discussion (Youtube Video) – Moderator: Joel Gruver, Associate Professor of Soil Science and Sustainable Ag, Western Illinois University; Lee Briese, Centrol Crop Consulting; Terry Wyciskalla, Wyciskalla Consulting; Kris Reynolds, American Farmland Trust; Joe Rothermel, Farmer in Broadlands, IL; Trenton Carley, Full Throttle Ag Service


Dates: March 13-14, 2018
Location: Fargo, ND

State Reports

Partner Reports


Dates: March 14-15, 2017
Location: Grand Rapids, MI


Platinum: Monsanto and Greenstone Farm Credit Services

Gold: Midwestern BioAg, Albert Lea Seed, North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Friend: Corn Marketing Program of Michigan and Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee

Business Meeting and Conference Program

Tuesday – March 14, 2017- Business Meeting
State Reports

National Wildlife Federation – Partner Report

Wednesday – March 15, 2017- “Making Cover Crops Work- Experiences from the field”

Keynote- Cover Crop Termination: Considerations when selecting herbicides and the potential for resistance (Dale Shaner, Retired USDA-ARS – University of Colorado)

Concurrent Sessions

Track 1- Field Crops

Track 2- Vegetable Crops

Track 3- Forage/Grazing

Afternoon Joint Session: Interseeding Cover Crops into Field Crops Systems: Geography makes a Difference

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Dates: February 23-24, 2016
Location: Madison, WI

State/Province Reports

MCCC Partner Report

Presentations from “The Science of Cover Crops”

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Dates: February 17-18, 2015
Location: West Des Moines, IA

State/Province Reports

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Dates: April 8-9, 2014
Location: Warsaw, IN

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Dates: February 28-March 1, 2013
Location: London, ON

State/Province Reports

NWF update: Roadmap to increased cover crop adoption

Presentation from the Making Sen$e with Cover Crops Workshop

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Dates: February 28-29, 2012
Location: West Lafayette, IN

2012 MCCC Proceedings (Click on titles in the Table of Contents to view)

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Dates: February 23-24, 2011
Location: Ada, OH

2011 MCCC Proceedings (Click on titles in the Table of Contents to view)

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Dates: March 2-4, 2010
Location: Ames, IA

Presentation from the general session


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Dates: February 10-11, 2009
Location: Windsor, ON

Presentation from the general session


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Dates: March 11-12, 2008
Location: Indianapolis, IN

2008 MCCC Meeting Final Report

State/Province Reports

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Dates: April 10-11, 2007
Location: Minneapolis, MN

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Dates: August 2-3, 2006
Location: Augusta, MI

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