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IRC 2016 Delegate Handbook Delegate Handbook
(posted June 30, 2016)
  IRC 2016 Program at a Glance Program at a Glance
(Most up-to-date version of events)
IRC 2016 Program Oral and Poster Selections
  IRC 2016 Schedule of Events IRC Daily Schedule
ALL PRE-CONGRESS TOURS WILL ARRIVE BACK IN SASKATOON ON AFTERNOON OF JULY 16.
Saturday, July 16

DAY 1 of INRA Workshop | Click here to Read More>>
Multifunctionality of Pastoralism: Linking Global and Local Strategies through Shared Visions and Methods

LOCATION: Hilton Garden Inn on Saturday and TCU Place on Sunday

Several Congress Sponsors will be hosting complimentary workshops on Sunday, July 17th, with the exception of INRA whose workshop starts on Saturday, July 16. The INRA workshop will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn on Saturday (Day 1) and TCU Place on Sunday (Day 2). Select a complimentary workshop to attend when registering to attend the Congress.

Sunday, July 17
8.30-5.00

Workshops at TCU Place

USGS-BLM Joint Workshop | Click here to Read More>>
Monitoring rangeland condition and forecasting the future: Sage-grouse and the sagebrush-steppe ecosystem of western North America
ACIAR Workshop | Click here to Read More>>
Sustainable Chinese Grasslands
Species at Risk: A Global Workshop | Click here to Read More>>
Managing Species at Risk - Policies and Tools
 
Monday, July 18
8.30-10.00

Plenary Session #1

State of Global & Canadian Rangeland and Pasture Resources

A brief tour of Canada's rangeland and pasture resources
Ed Bork, Professor & Mattheis Chair, Rangeland Research Institute, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA | Speaker Bio

Global range resources: a perspective on their use
Yingjun Zhang, Professor & Chief Scientist, China Agricultural University | Speaker Bio

 

10.00-10.30 Networking Break
10.30-12.00 Concurrent oral sessions
 

Up to six presenters per session. Presenters are limited to 15 minutes (12 minutes presentation + 3 minutes for questions).

1. Ecosite descriptions and ecoregion classification.
2. Historical development of rangelands.
3. Conservation of wildlife and natural areas.
4. Grazing management practices.
5. Genetic resources and forage development.

12.00-13.00 Lunch
   
13.00-14.30 Plenary Session #2

Ecological Goods & Services of Rangelands & Pasturelands

What are ecological goods & services?
David Briske, Professor, Rangeland Ecology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA| Speaker Bio

What is the role of society in protecting and providing EG&S?
Don Gayton, Ecologist & Writer, Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA| Speaker Bio

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14.30-15.00 Networking Break
15.00-16.30 Concurrent oral sessions
 

Up to six presenters per session. Presenters are limited to 15 minutes (12 minutes presentation + 3 minutes for questions).

1. Nutritional links from soil to plant to livestock to people.
2. Carbon sequestration in rangelands.
3. Water supply and quality.
4. Wildlife habitat for endangered species.
5. Grazing management practice (2nd session).

16.30-18.00 Poster viewing session
 
Tuesday, July 19
8.30-10.00 Plenary Session #3

The People of the Grasslands

Pastoralists in the 21st Century: "lo-tech" meets "hi-tech"
Ann Waters-Bayer, Senior Associate, Prolinnova International Support Team, Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Germany | Speaker Bio

Canadian Indigenous Peoples and Arctic/Grassland Use
Ryan Brook, Assistant Professor, Department of Animal & Poultry Science, University of Saskatchewan; Indigenous Land Management Institute, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA| Speaker Bio

 

10.00-10.30 Break
10.30-12.00

Concurrent oral sessions

 

Up to six presenters per session. Presenters are limited to 15 minutes (12 minutes presentation + 3 minutes for questions).

1. Changes to pastoral systems around the globe.
2. Privately owned and leased rangeland systems.
3. Changes to pastoral systems around the globe (2nd session).
4. Professional extension and technology-transfer.
5. Social justice issues in rangelands.

12.00-13.00 Lunch
   
13.00-14.30 Plenary Session #4

Multiple Use of Rangelands

Resource extraction impacts in Asia
Purevsuren, Director, Nature Conservation Fund, Ministry of Nature and Green Development, Mongolia | Speaker Bio

Evaluating energy development effects on North American rangelands
Urs Kreuter, Professor, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Texas A&M University, USA | Speaker Bio

 

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14.30-15.00 Break
15.00-16.30 Concurrent oral sessions
 

Up to six presenters per session. Presenters are limited to 15 minutes (12 minutes presentation + 3 minutes for questions).

1. Energy development and reclamation of industrial disturbances.
2. Fire management and restoration in rangelands.
3. Cropland abandonment, revegetation with perennial forages, and re-used as rangeland.
4. Invasive species impacts and management in rangelands.
5. Wildlife conflicts and commercial wildlife utilization opportunities.

16.30-18.00 Poster viewing session
 
Wednesday, July 20
Mid-Congress Day Tours (Click here for details on tours)
 
Thursday, July 21
8.30-10.00 Plenary Session #5

Range and Forage of High Latitudes & Altitudes

Arctic and Subarctic North America & Europe
Dave Downing, Vegetation Ecologist, Alberta, Canada | Speaker Bio

Range/Forage environment of the Tibetan Plateau
Marc Foggin, Acting Director/Scientist, Mountain Societies Research Institute | Speaker Bio

 

10.00-10.30 Break
10.30-12.00
IRC Business Meeting
12.00-13.00 Lunch
   
13.00-14.30 Plenary Session #6

Climate Change in Rangelands

Climate of the Canadian Prairies: Past, Present, Future
Dave Sauchyn, Professor, University of Regina; Research Coordinator, Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative, Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA | Speaker Bio

Climate Change in Global Rangelands: A Dryland Ecologist's Perspective on Trends in Forage Quantity and Quality
Jan C. Ruppert, Assistant Professor, Institute of Evolution and Ecology, University of Tuebingen, Tuebingen, GERMANY | Speaker Bio

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14.30-15.00 Break
15.00-16.30 Concurrent oral sessions
 

Up to six presenters per session. Presenters are limited to 15 minutes (12 minutes presentation + 3 minutes for questions).

1. Plant adaptations to climate change
2. Livestock and grazing system adaptations to climate change
3. Water supply and quality impacts from climate change and Historic & cultural response and adaptations to drought in grasslands
4. Modeling future human and climate change in arid and semi-arid areas
5. Range and Forage in High Latitudes and Altitudes

16.30-18.00 Poster viewing session
 
Friday, July 22
8.30-10.00 Plenary Session #7

Grazing Land Assessment & Management in a High-Tech World

Evolution of modeling approaches to grazing land assessment
Barry Adams, Rangeland Extension Specialist, Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA | Speaker Bio

Impact of communication technologies on pastoralist societies
Ed Charmley, Program Leader, Livestock Environmental System, Australian Tropical Sciences and Innovation Precinct, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, AUSTRALIA | Speaker Bio

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10.00-10.30 Break
10.30-12.00

Concurrent oral sessions

 

Up to six presenters per session. Presenters are limited to 15 minutes (12 minutes presentation + 3 minutes for questions).

1. Technology in land resource data acquisition and modeling.
2. Technology in social and psychological data acquisition and modeling.
3. Technology in animal movement data acquisition and modeling.
4. Technology in education and extension.
5. Technology in fencing, water supply, and livestock health.

12.00-13.00 Lunch
   
13.00-14.30

Land Manager's/Farmer's Forum

Management of grazing lands has changed over time as knowledge of grassland systems increase and new challenges, opportunities, innovations, and technologies emerge. This Forum will include live and video presentations from Canada and abroad.

 

Tee Two Land & Cattle Company
Duane Thompson, Rancher, TeeTwo Land & Cattle Company, Kelliher, Saskatchewan, CANADA |
Speaker Bio

A Rancher's View
8 minute film by The Grasslands Project (a series of short films released by the National Film Board of Canada)

Miles Anderson is in a tough spot. The land he ranches has been in his family for over a hundred years, but it’s bordered on three sides by an expanding Grasslands National Park and its conservation imperative. Cattle were once considered a major threat to the integrity of the grasslands and the endangered sage grouse in the region, but, due in large part to Miles’ persistence, his cattle are now seen as part of the conservation solution.


Living Sky Beef
Leanne Thompson, Rancher, Living Sky Beef, Ceylon, Saskatchewan, CANADA |
Speaker Bio

Counting grass in northern Australia: from little measurements,
big decisions are made
8 minute film introduced by Kiri Broad

Exclusion fencing: managing pests to maintain grazing outcomes in Australia
4 minute film introduced by Kiri Broad

14.30-16.00 Closing Session and Summary

Summary of the seven preceding sessions of the Congress
Ray Smith, Forage Extension Specialist, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Second Speaker TBA

18.00 Congress Banquet and Entertainment

The banquet is the last event of the Congress. Entertainment by the Saskatchewan Express Touring Musical Review will be the highlight of the banquet. These young Saskatchewan trained performers, crew and staff at Saskatchewan Express act as musical ambassadors wherever the troupe travels. They take the joy and enthusiasm of the performing arts to audiences across North America. Their longevity speaks to the popularity and demand of their programs. Saskatchewan Express has been singing and dancing across Saskatchewan, Canada and the United States since 1980! Don’t miss their fabulous performance at the Friday night congress banquet.

Tickets ($50 CAD + tax) can be purchased when registering for the Congress.

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Gold Sponsors

ARS-USDA
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US Forest Service
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USDA - NRCS
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SK Ministry of AgriculturespacerEnvironment Canada

Joint Sponsor

ACIAR

Silver Sponsors

US Dept of the Interior - Bureau of Land Management

US Dept of the Interior - US Geological Survey

Utah State - Reed Funk
Reed Funk Fund

Bronze Sponsors

U of S College of Agriculture & BioresourcesspacerWestern Beef Development Centre

Supporters

University of Saskatchewan

Chadron State College

SK Forage Council

Australian Rangeland Society

Tourism Saskatoon

 

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