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Conservation, climate change on the agenda

Conservation is one of the most important issues in modern agriculture. Climate change is one of the most controversial.

Jonathan Knutson, Agweek staff writer, has an opportunity to learn more about both at the Society of Environmental Journalists' annual conference Oct. 3-6 in Pittsburgh.

Knutson, national vice president of North American Agricultural Journalists, the professional organization for ag journalists in the U.S. and Canada, received a fellowship to attend the Pittsburgh conference. He does not belong to the environment journalists' group, which has more than 1,500 members worldwide.

"I've always believed that all of us, both inside and outside of ag, need to broaden our perspective. This conference should give me more insight into these issues, which I hope will benefit Agweek readers," Knutson said.

The conference also will examine the 2018 farm bill and urban agriculture, among other topics.

Look for articles from the conference on,, and in print editions of Agweek.

Contact him at if you have specific questions you'd like him to ask at the conference.