Alliance Summit

Little Rock, Arkansas | August 13th -14th, 2024

The Alliance Summit is an annual convening that brings together key partners of the Alliance to Advance Climate-Smart Agriculture.  Over two days, the Alliance will facilitate group discussions to collect feedback from partners, producers, and technical experts on program design and implementation, and bring together different perspectives on important topics to address the challenges and opportunities that exist in developing climate-smart markets for agriculture.

Please keep reading to find out more information about the summit, and register to attend by clicking the button below.  Virtual attendance will be available.

We look forward to seeing you in Little Rock!

Summit Information

Select sessions will be available via livestream.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13th
ACTIVITY TIME SESSION TITLE SPEAKER

REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST
7:30 – 9:00 AM

Welcome to Arkansas! 8:00 – 8:30 AM Alliance Summit Welcome Remarks Tom Thompson
Virginia Tech
Allison Costa
USDA
Chris Colclasure & Megan Perkins
Arkansas Dept. of Agriculture
The Impact of PCSC Projects 8:30 – 9:00 AM Reflections on the impact Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities projects can have in agriculture. P.J. Haynie III
Haynie Farms
Reedville, VAFifth Generation Farmer
CEO, Arkansas River Rice
Chairman, National Black Growers Council
Morning Session 1 – Breakout A 9:15 – 10:30 PM Climate-Smart Practices and the Impact of Alliance on GHG Emission Goals Kevin Norton
Blue Sky Conservation Concepts
Morning Session 2 – Breakout B 9:15 – 10:30 PM Research: Eastern Shore AREC Mark Reiter, Ryan Stewart, and Joseph Haymaker
Virginia Tech

MORNING BREAK
10:30 – 10:45 AM

Morning Session 2 – Breakout A 10:45 – 12:00 PM The data behind climate-smart agriculture Sarah Gower & Rebekah Slabach
Alliance to Advance Climate-Smart Agriculture
Morning Session 2 – Breakout B 9:15 – 10:30 PM Research: Virginia Tech Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics Elinor Benami
Virginia Tech

LUNCH
12:00 – 1:00 PM

State Updates 12:30 – 1:15 PM Updates on outreach and enrollment from each partner state, including successes and challenges. Chris Colclasure, Arkansas Dept. of Agriculture
David Weirens, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
Matt Perdue, North Dakota Farmers Union
James Martin, Virginia Dept. of Conservation and Recreation
Equity Outreach Strategy 1:15 – 1:45 PM Update on the Alliance Equity Outreach strategy, including lessons learned from the National Black Growers Council’s work with other PCSC projects. Rebekah Slabach
Alliance to Advance Climate-Smart Agriculture
Elzadia Washington
National Black Growers Council
Advisory Council Meeting 2:30 – 4:00 PM
Reception at the Old State House Museum 5:00 – 7:00 PM Welcome remarks and thank you to our sponsors! Tom Thompson
Virginia Tech
Chris Colclasure
Virginia Tech

DINNER ON YOUR OWN

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14th
ACTIVITY TIME SESSION TITLE SPEAKER

REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST
7:30 – 8:00 AM

Reflections from Day One 7:00 – 7:15 AM Alliance Summit Welcome Remarks Tom Thompson
Virginia Tech
Climate-Smart Certificate 7:15 – 7:45 AM An introduction to carbon markets and overview of Sustainable Food Lab’s work. Sustainable Food Lab
Climate-Smart Certificate 7:45 – 8:45 AM Table discussions Sustainable Food Lab

MORNING BREAK
8:45 – 9:00 AM

Morning Session 2 – Breakout A 9:00 – 9:45 AM Livestock Working Group
Research highlights from the VT School of Animal Sciences, including the Livestock Sub-Pilot Interest Survey results and next steps
Robin White
Virginia Tech School of Animal Sciences
Morning Session 2 – Breakout B 9:45 – 10:30 AM Outreach Strategies to Expand the Applicant Pool Elinor Benami
Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Samantha Jameson
Alliance to Advance Climate-Smart Agriculture
Kevin Messer
Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-Environmental Research
Producer Perspectives Panel 10:45 – 11:45 AM Panel discussion featuring Arkansas Rice, Minnesota Farmers Union, North Dakota’s Mercer County Conservation District, and Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District. Moderated by Matt Perdue, North Dakota Farmers Union

Panelists:
Kelly Robbins, Arkansas Rice
Ariel Kagan, Minnesota Farmers Union
Sarah Tunge, Mercer County Conservation District (North Dakota)
Jessica Shippen-Hansen, Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District (Virginia)

LUNCH
11:45 – 12:30 PM

Load Tour Buses for Farm Tour
12:30 – 1:00 PM
Meet In Front of Hotel
Farm Tour at LTD Farms
1:00 – 5:00 PM
Stuttgart, Arkansas

DINNER ON YOUR OWN

The group discounted rate is $107 per night (plus tax).
The deadline to book rooms at the group discounted rate is July 22, 2024.

You can book your hotel room using one of the following options:

1. Use the Direct Booking Link

2.  Through the DoubleTree website:

⋅  Go to the hotel website ⇗
⋅  Enter arrival and departure dates (Summit dates are August 13-14, 2024)
⋅  Click the “Special Rates” box
⋅  Enter 91G in the “Group Code” box, then click Done
⋅  Click the “Check Rooms & Rates” box

3.  Call 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667) and reference the Alliance/Summit 2024 room block to receive the discount.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Little Rock

Check-In: 4:00 PM
Check-Out: 11:00 AM

(501) 372-4371

To wrap up the 2024 Alliance Summit, LTD Farms will host a farm tour on their 3,500 acre rice, soybean and corn operation located south of Stuttgart, Arkansas — the Rice and Duck Capital of the World.

Owned by Terry and Lori Dabbs and Trent and Kristian Dabbs, they participate in many conservation programs on their farm through many different agencies. They were one of the original farms in the Arkansas Discovery Farm program where water quality is being studied through runoff monitors to see what nutrients or other particles are present in the water that runs off their fields.  Located in a critical groundwater area, they have implemented moisture sensors and other conservation measures to make irrigation more efficient.  Find out more about their conservations efforts here.

LTD Farms is the recipient of many awards, including the American Soybean Association Southern Region Conservation Legacy award and, most recently, the 2024 Southern Cotton Ginners Association Ag Achievement Award for their work with the University of Arkansas Department of Agriculture.

Terry serves on the board of Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation and was elected to the office of Secretary/Treasurer. He also serves on the Southern Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Arkansas Discovery Farm Advisory Committee.  Lori is on their county FSA Committee and the Board of Trustees for the Museum of the AR Grand Prairie and was named Arkansas “Agvocate of the Year” and Arkansas County’s Woman of the Year in Agriculture.  Trent was named to the Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Board and is active with the Arkansas Rice Federation and Arkansas Agricultural Council. Kristian serves as principal of a local parochial school. All are active in their church and with their kids and grandkids and travel extensively to support them in softball, baseball and dance.

Learn more about LTD Farms here:

TIME ACTIVITY LOCATION
12:30-1:00 PM Load tour buses DoubleTree by Hilton Little Rock
424 W Markham St
Little Rock, AR 72201
1:00-2:15 PM Travel to farm LTD Farms, Inc
Stuttgart, AR 72160
2:15-3:45 PM FARM TOUR AT LTD FARMS
Led by Lori Dabbs
3:45-5:00 PM Return to hotel DoubleTree by Hilton Little Rock
424 W Markham St
Little Rock, AR 72201

All summit participants are invited to a reception on Tuesday, August 13th for hors d’oeuvres, drinks and networking.

VenueOld State House Museum
Address: 300 W. Markham, Little Rock, AR 72201
Date:  Tuesday, August 13th
Time:  5:00 – 7:00 PM

ABOUT THE VENUE

The Old State House Museum is the original state capitol building of Arkansas. Since 1833, when construction began, the building and its grounds have witnessed many of the most important events in Arkansas history.

It was here that Arkansas was admitted into the Union, a fatal knife fight between two sitting legislators took place, Arkansas voted to secede from the United States and join the Confederacy, pioneering medical research into hookworm and malaria occurred, and our front porch served as the site of two election night victories by a president of the United States. Today, the museum’s exhibits and events are open to the public.

In 1836, Arkansas became a state. Kentucky architect Gideon Shryock, appointed to design the new capitol, chose the Greek Revival style for the new state capitol to emphasize the connection between the newest state of the young United States and the original democracy of ancient Greece.

In 1947, the Old State House was made a museum by acts of the Arkansas legislature, a status it has enjoyed ever since. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1997. It continues to play a vital role in preserving, sharing, and celebrating the history of Arkansas and its people.

While in Little Rock, we hope you get to explore some of what the city has to offer!  Use the below resources to make the most of your trip outside of the summit activities.

 

▸ The Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau (LRCVB) is the official destination marketing organization for the City of Little Rock.  Use the trip planner or view their recommended Attractions & Things To Do!

▸ Take advantage of the free guides from the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism.

▸ Explore the River Market District, the heart of Little Rock’s downtown scene.

▸ Discover Little Rock’s hidden gems in A Local’s Guide to What’s New in Little Rock, Arkansas for the can’t-miss museums, restaurants, and outdoor recreation spots.

If you have questions about the Alliance Summit, please call or text us at (540) 231-3990.

THANK YOU TO OUR 2024 SPONSORS!

The Alliance Summit is an annual convening that brings together key partners of the Alliance to Advance Climate-Smart Agriculture.  Over two days, the Alliance will facilitate group discussions to collect feedback from partners, producers, and technical experts on program design and implementation, and bring together different perspectives on important topics to address the challenges and opportunities that exist in developing climate-smart markets for agriculture.

Please keep reading to find out more information about the summit, and register to attend by clicking the button below.  Virtual attendance will be available.

We look forward to seeing you in Little Rock!

Agenda — Tuesday, August 13th

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13th
ACTIVITY TIME SESSION TITLE SPEAKER

REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST
7:30 – 9:00 AM

Welcome to Arkansas! 8:00 – 8:30 AM Alliance Summit Welcome Remarks Tom Thompson
Virginia Tech
Allison Costa
USDA
Chris Colclasure & Megan Perkins
Arkansas Dept. of Agriculture
The Impact of PCSC Projects 8:30 – 9:00 AM Reflections on the impact Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities projects can have in agriculture. P.J. Haynie III
Haynie Farms
Reedville, VAFifth Generation Farmer
CEO, Arkansas River Rice
Chairman, National Black Growers Council
Morning Session 1 – Breakout A 9:15 – 10:30 PM Climate-Smart Practices and the Impact of Alliance on GHG Emission Goals Kevin Norton
Blue Sky Conservation Concepts
Morning Session 2 – Breakout B 9:15 – 10:30 PM Research: Eastern Shore AREC Mark Reiter, Ryan Stewart, and Joseph Haymaker
Virginia Tech

MORNING BREAK
10:30 – 10:45 AM

Morning Session 2 – Breakout A 10:45 – 12:00 PM The DATA side of the Alliance Sarah Gower & Rebekah Slabach
Alliance to Advance Climate-Smart Agriculture
Morning Session 2 – Breakout B 9:15 – 10:30 PM Research: AAEC Elinor Benami
Virginia Tech

LUNCH
12:00 – 1:00 PM

State Updates 12:30 – 1:15 PM Updates on outreach and enrollment from each partner state, including successes and challenges. Chris Colclasure, Arkansas Dept. of Agriculture
David Weirens, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
Matt Perdue, North Dakota Farmers Union
James Martin, Virginia Dept. of Conservation and Recreation
Equity Outreach Strategy 1:15 – 1:45 PM Update on the Alliance Equity Outreach strategy, including lessons learned from the National Black Growers Council’s work with other PCSC projects. Rebekah Slabach
Alliance to Advance Climate-Smart Agriculture
Elzadia Washington
National Black Growers Council
Advisory Council Meeting 2:30 – 4:00 PM
Reception at the Old State House Museum 5:00 – 7:00 PM Welcome remarks and thank you to our sponsors! Tom Thompson
Virginia Tech
Chris Colclasure
Virginia Tech

DINNER ON YOUR OWN


Agenda — Wednesday, August 14th

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14th
ACTIVITY TIME SESSION TITLE SPEAKER

REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST
7:30 – 8:00 AM

Reflections from Day One 7:00 – 7:15 AM Alliance Summit Welcome Remarks Tom Thompson
Virginia Tech
Climate-Smart Certificate 7:15 – 7:45 AM An introduction to carbon markets and overview of Sustainable Food Lab’s work. Sustainable Food Lab
Climate-Smart Certificate 7:45 – 8:45 AM Table discussions Sustainable Food Lab

MORNING BREAK
8:45 – 9:00 AM

Morning Session 2 – Breakout A 9:00 – 9:45 AM Livestock Working Group
Research highlights from the VT School of Animal Sciences, including the Livestock Sub-Pilot Interest Survey results and next steps
Robin White
Virginia Tech School of Animal Sciences
Morning Session 2 – Breakout B 9:45 – 10:30 AM Outreach Strategies to Expand the Applicant Pool Elinor Benami
Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Samantha Jameson
Alliance to Advance Climate-Smart Agriculture
Kevin Messer
Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-Environmental Research
Producer Perspectives Panel 10:45 – 11:45 AM Panel discussion featuring Arkansas Rice, Minnesota Farmers Union, North Dakota’s Mercer County Conservation District, and Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District. Moderated by Matt Perdue, North Dakota Farmers Union

Panelists:
Kelly Robbins, Arkansas Rice
Ariel Kagan, Minnesota Farmers Union
Sarah Tunge, Mercer County Conservation District (North Dakota)
Jessica Shippen-Hansen, Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District (Virginia)

LUNCH
11:45 – 12:30 PM

Load Tour Buses for Farm Tour
12:30 – 1:00 PM
Meet In Front of Hotel
Farm Tour at LTD Farm
1:00 – 5:00 PM
Stuttgart, Arkansas

DINNER ON YOUR OWN


Travel & Lodging
You can book your hotel room using one of the following options:

1. Use the Direct Booking Link

2.  Through the DoubleTree website:

⋅  Go to the hotel website ⇗
⋅  Enter arrival and departure dates (Summit dates are August 13-14, 2024)
⋅  Click the “Special Rates” box
⋅  Enter 91G in the “Group Code” box, then click Done
⋅  Click the “Check Rooms & Rates” box

3.  Call 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667) and reference the Alliance/Summit 2024 room block to receive the discount.

Farm Tour

To wrap up the 2024 Alliance Summit, LTD Farms will host a farm tour on their 3,500 acre rice, soybean and corn operation located south of Stuttgart, Arkansas — the Rice and Duck Capital of the World.

Owned by Terry and Lori Dabbs and Trent and Kristian Dabbs, they participate in many conservation programs on their farm through many different agencies. They were one of the original farms in the Arkansas Discovery Farm program where water quality is being studied through runoff monitors to see what nutrients or other particles are present in the water that runs off their fields.  Located in a critical groundwater area, they have implemented moisture sensors and other conservation measures to make irrigation more efficient.  Find out more about their conservations efforts here.

LTD Farms is the recipient of many awards, including the American Soybean Association Southern Region Conservation Legacy award and, most recently, the 2024 Southern Cotton Ginners Association Ag Achievement Award for their work with the University of Arkansas Department of Agriculture.

Terry serves on the board of Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation and was elected to the office of Secretary/Treasurer. He also serves on the Southern Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Arkansas Discovery Farm Advisory Committee.  Lori is on their county FSA Committee and the Board of Trustees for the Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie and was named Arkansas “Agvocate of the Year” and Arkansas County’s Woman of the Year in Agriculture.  Trent was named to the Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Board and is active with the Arkansas Rice Federation and Arkansas Agricultural Council. Kristian serves as principal of a local parochial school. All are active in their church and with their kids and grandkids and travel extensively to support them in softball, baseball and dance.

Learn more about LTD Farms here:

TIME ACTIVITY LOCATION
12:30-1:00 PM Load tour buses DoubleTree by Hilton Little Rock
424 W Markham St
Little Rock, AR 72201
1:00-2:15 PM Travel to farm LTD Farms, Inc
Stuttgart, AR 72160
2:15-3:45 PM FARM TOUR AT LTD FARMS
Led by Lori Dabbs
3:45-5:00 PM Return to hotel DoubleTree by Hilton Little Rock
424 W Markham St
Little Rock, AR 72201

Reception
All summit participants are invited to a reception on Tuesday, August 13th for hors d’oeuvres, drinks and networking.

VenueOld State House Museum
Address: 300 W. Markham, Little Rock, AR 72201
Date:  Tuesday, August 13th
Time:  5:00 – 7:00 PM

ABOUT THE VENUE

The Old State House Museum is the original state capitol building of Arkansas. Since 1833, when construction began, the building and its grounds have witnessed many of the most important events in Arkansas history.

It was here that Arkansas was admitted into the Union, a fatal knife fight between two sitting legislators took place, Arkansas voted to secede from the United States and join the Confederacy, pioneering medical research into hookworm and malaria occurred, and our front porch served as the site of two election night victories by a president of the United States. Today, the museum’s exhibits and events are open to the public.

In 1836, Arkansas became a state. Kentucky architect Gideon Shryock, appointed to design the new capitol, chose the Greek Revival style for the new state capitol to emphasize the connection between the newest state of the young United States and the original democracy of ancient Greece.

In 1947, the Old State House was made a museum by acts of the Arkansas legislature, a status it has enjoyed ever since. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1997. It continues to play a vital role in preserving, sharing, and celebrating the history of Arkansas and its people.

Attractions & Things To Do

While in Little Rock, we hope you get to explore some of what the city has to offer!  Use the below resources to make the most of your trip outside of the summit activities.

▸ The Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau (LRCVB) is the official destination marketing organization for the City of Little Rock.  Use the trip planner or view the recommended Attractions & Things To Do!

▸ Take advantage of the free guides from the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism.

▸ Explore the River Market District, the heart of Little Rock’s downtown scene.

▸ Discover Little Rock’s hidden gems in A Local’s Guide to What’s New in Little Rock, Arkansas for the can’t-miss museums, restaurants, and outdoor recreation spots.

If you have questions about the Alliance Summit, please call or text us at (540) 231-3990.