Bentley Lecture in Sustainable Agriculture

Missed the 20th Annual Bentley Lecture in Sustainable Agriculture? You can watch it below! 

Advancements in landscape-scale soil health monitoring for carbon accounting and restoration tracking

with Leigh Ann Winowiecki, PhD, Soil and Land Health Research Lead at the Center for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry

“A world without healthy soil is a world in which little grows,” Winowiecki writes. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Winowiecki’s research on landscape restoration, regenerative agricultural practices, and soil organic carbon counting takes a global approach to soil health across landscapes.

Winowiecki explores advancements in soil health monitoring, including ICRAF’s Land Degradation Surveillance Framework — co-developed by Winowiecki — and her work in leading the Coalition of Action 4 Soil Health — inspired by the UN Food Systems Summit — to assess ecosystem health and improve soil health globally by addressing barriers that constrain farmers from adopting and scaling healthy soil practices.




The lecture is named in honor of professor Fred Bentley. Professor Bentley's academic career, mainly at the University of Alberta, spanned over 36 years and included dean of the Faculty of Agriculture from 1958 to 1968.

Each year the University of Alberta invites a speaker of international renown to present current research and updates in areas relating to soil science, agricultural production methods, and sustainable agriculture. Current students and faculty members as well as members of the public benefit from these presentations.

The purpose of the endowment is to support the Bentley Lecture in Sustainable Agriculture. This lecture series allows leading national and international speakers to present novel and innovative research and/or to discuss current issues in sustainable agriculture. The lecture series will also provide the opportunity for students to engage in these topical discussions. Funds may be used to provide honoraria, to reimburse travel-related expenses for the speaker (transportation, accommodation, hosting), and any other expenses related to the lecture series (publicity).

The Bentley Lecture in Sustainable Agriculture is supported by earnings from the Bentley Lecture Endowment Fund. If you have been impacted by professor Fred Bentley or the work he did in critical areas, you can make a gift by clicking below.

Academic Lead
Brent Swallow
Tel: 780 492 6656

Academic Lead
Guillermo Hernandez Ramirez
Tel: 780 492 2428