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Farm and Food Leadership Conference

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Date October 26, 2020   -   October 27, 2020
Location Virtual
Registration Required Yes

Registration is now open for the Farm & Food Leadership Conference on October 26 & 27!

The virtual event translates into several benefits for attendees: lower registration costs($40!), ability to tend to farm business without missing a session, plus access to conference programming for 1 year afterwards, are just a few reasons we're looking forward to an online event. We've constructed a full list of benefits on our conference page, linked above.

Our conference line-up is still growing, but here's a brief overview:

  • 2 Keynotes:Diana Rogers, a “real food” nutritionist and filmmaker speaking on the intersection of human nutrition and regenerative agriculture, and a joint presentation by U.S. Representatives Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME), who have championed the PRIME Act and other reforms for local foods in Congress, and who are themselves sustainable farmers. 
  • Annelies Lottmann from the Rural Cooperative Center of University of Texas Rio Grande Valley shares expertise on succeeding through working cooperatively.
  • Kara Kroeger of NCAT presents on “Nutrition, Microbiome, and Health.”
  • Guy Ames and Justin Duncan of NCAT discuss successful strategies for orchard production.
  • Owner of Cartermere Farms, Nelson Carter, describes how he built one of the fastest-growing pastured poultry operations in North Texas.
  • A national leader in the sustainability movement and agricultural economist John Ikerd plus Colin Mitchell of NCAT discuss the pros and cons of financial incentives for farmers and landowners for land management, also known as “payments for ecosystem services.”
  • Judith McGeary, executive director of FARFA and CHFS, provides an update on Texas policies relating to agriculture and covers how you can help change laws.
  • Sustainable vegetable production, and the best options for Texas farmers, is the focus of Steve Diver of University of Kentucky’s Horticulture Research Farm and Lorig Hawkins of Middleground Farm.

Plus panels on:

  • Branding Your Business
  • Financial Resources: From Banks to Grants
  • Farmers’ Market Management: Managing Through the Pandemic and Beyond
  • Growing & Selling Flowers
  • Understanding and Addressing Issues for Farmers of Color
  • Solutions for Transportation & Distribution of Local Foods
  • Online Platforms for Farm Sales
  • Meat Processing: From On-Farm to Inspected Facilities
  • Grass-Fed Cattle for Soil Regeneration
  • Scaling up Your Farm

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For more information, please contact: Katie Tritsch, 512-618-3306