Farm & Food Leadership Conference

8th Annual Farm and Food Leadership Conference

September 15-16, 2014 | Bastrop, Texas

Bastrop Convention and Exhibit Center
1408 Chestnut Street, Bastrop, TX 78602
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General Info | Registration* | Lodging | Keynote Speaker: Jim Hightower | Speakers | Program

Film Night: Vanishing of the Bees | Sponsorships & Silent Auction | Volunteering & Scholarships

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Presented by Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance and Council for Healthy Food Systems

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This unique conference focuses on the policies and regulations affecting our farms and our food.

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The local and sustainable food movement is growing by leaps and bounds, but it faces ever more challenges as it grows. From a wave of approvals of new genetically engineered crops, to FDA’s food safety regulations, to local zoning ordinances — the regulatory, economic, and social structure of our food system affects what farmers can grow and consumers can buy.

We have important opportunities to change the policies that govern our food system, but we need people — farmers, food producers, chefs, and consumers — who understand the issues and are willing to speak up. Our annual Farm & Food Leadership Conference is an integral part of our work as a voice for independent agriculture.

Jim Hightower | Keynote Speaker | 2014 Farm & Food Leadership Conference

Featuring keynote speaker Jim Hightower:

National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book,
Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow, Jim Hightower has spent four decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be – consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks. Click here to read more.

Conference highlights:

  • Experts on food labels, corporate consolidation, health freedom, GMOs, urban farming, raw milk, the next Texas legislative session, and more!
  • Panel discussions on hot topics such as Impact of Ag Policy on Future of Young Farmers; Water Fights in Texas; and Race, Economics, and Food.
  • Get the tools you need to make a difference through special activism sessions, covering a variety of topics including social media and lobbying.
  • Lunch on both days of local foods prepared by Chef Sonya Coté of Hillside Farmacy and Eden East.

Watch the video created by the Food Studies Project at the University of Texas at Austin from the 2012 conference:

Meet the Local Food Leaders at the 2012 Food and Food Leadership Conference.
Check out the photos from the 2013 conference on our Facebook page!

Check out the photos from the 2012 conference on our Facebook page!