11th Annual Farm and Food Leadership Conference

September 24-26, 2017 | Historic Downtown McKinney

111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney, TX 75069

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The Farm & Food Leadership Conference moves to North Texas for the first time in its 11-year history. Check back frequently as sessions, speakers, and pre-conference workshops continue to be added.


2017 conference logo


Do you want to …

  • Get the latest news about sustainable farming and local foods? 

  • Connect with other people who are passionate about these issues?

  • Be able to make a difference for the future of local agriculture?

Then join us at this year’s Farm & Food Leadership Conference
on September 24-26 in McKinney, Texas!

This unique conference focuses on the policies and regulations affecting our farms and our food as well as the latest developments in sustainable agriculture.  Whether you are a farmer, consumer, chef, local foods business owner, or nonprofit advocate, you will find useful information and tools to help support the growth of the local and sustainable food movement.

Click on the menu links above for evolving details on speakers and the program. Registration will open in late spring!


  • In-depth pre-conference workshops to help farmers and producers with practical solutions such as how to form a successful co-op and food safety for produce growers.
  • Top speakers on a variety of topics including nutrition, sustainable sourcing at restaurants and retailers, food waste, water policy, farm support programs, GMOs, food freedom, and more.
  • Keynote speaker Fred Kirschenmann, President of Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, and Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University.
  • Networking with individuals and businesses who care about our local farms and food
  • An on-farm dinner, prepared by local chefs from food grown by local farmers.



Presented by

Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance

and Council for Healthy Food Systems


QUESTIONS? Contact Teresa@farmandranchfreedom.org or call (254) 697-2661.





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