Our keynote speaker, Sara Pauley Parker, Missouri Department of Conservation Director

Our keynote speaker, Sara Pauley Parker, Missouri Department of Conservation Director

Forrest Keeling 2019 Fall Field Day

For Industry Professionals


Join us Thursday, September 12 for our biannual field day. Learn the latest on specialty crops, our top-notch RPM native plants and improved green solutions you can apply to any project of any size.

The morning will start with 'Digging Deeper'. This presentation will explore ways to produce better plants with vibrant soil for a healthier planet. Our expert panel features nationally and globally acclaimed speakers.

  • Stuart Miller, Missouri Department of Conservation, moderator
  • Dr. Selma Rogalska, Lallemand
  • Dr. Brian Thompson, Elemental Enzymes
  • Dr. Stacy Zuber, Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Next, choose from one of our exciting site tours

  • Tour A – Tree research and development: stops include short presentations on our RPM-production method, grafting and our new Pollinator Plot
  • Tour B – Container Production 
  • Tour C – Scion Orchard
  • Breakouts -

            1) Lallemand and Elemental Enzymes results, Cypress Grove

            2) Bill White, Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC):Native Bees – Their Importance and How We can Help Them.

After the tour, you'll enjoy a farm-to-table luncheon prepared by the creative Chef Kevin Willmann of Farmhaus Restaurant. Chef Kevin will be assisted by members of our local, award-winning Elsberry FFA to prepare scrumptious dishes featuring some of their livestock and produce.

After lunch, our keynote presenter, Sara Parker Pauley, Missouri Department of Conservation Director, will speak on her vision for uniting the urban and rural populations of our state. This goal helps accomplish the far-reaching conservation goals of the MDC to protect our state's air, water, soil, and wildlife. Director Pauley will be followed by Dr. Sarah Lovell, Director of the Center for Agroforestry. Ms. Lovell's presentation, Urban Agriculture as a Multifunctional Landscape Strategy focuses on urban agroforestry as a key component in conservation. We'll round out the afternoon with a presentation that will tie the day's topics together, This panel, led by Bill White, MDC Private Land Services; Division Chief will focus on urban efforts to increase conservation, from the back forty to the back yard. Panelists include Dr. Ed Spevak, St. Louis WildCare Institute, Dr. Quinn Long, Director, Shaw Nature Reserve and Mitch Leachman, Audubon. 

Network with colleagues and speakers in the cypress grove at the end of the day while enjoying refreshments including organic wines, Wood Hat Spirit, and Urban Chestnut beer. 

Our four host hotels offer special rates to our attendees: 

Days Inn – 636.875.1650
130 Salt Lick Road, St. Peters, MO 63376
$70/K; $80/DQfree breakfast; free wi-fi; fitness center

Drury Inn – 636.724.5772 
380 Mulholland Drive, St Charles, MO 63303
$130/room – DQ OR K: no upcharge for up to four occupants per room 
free breakfast and evening drinks/snacks; free wi-fi, business center, pool & fitness area
Eagle’s Nest - 573.754.9888
Georgia Street, Louisiana MO 63353
$85/room including free wi-fi and full breakfast 
Super 8 – 636.528.6888
28 Turnbull Trail, Troy, MO 63379
$90.90/room – DQ OR K
non-smoking hotel; free continental breakfast; free wi-fi-; free gym; indoor pool and hot tub

Register now for the event.  Fall Field Day tickets are FREE but the information you'll gain is priceless. We can't wait to see you!