2020 Conference Program



October 26-27, 2020

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We’re still adding to our program, so check back often. The following topics and/or speakers are confirmed, although sessions may shift from one day to another.

Monday & Tuesday, Oct. 26-27. Sessions run approximately 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., followed by live sessions with Exhibitors. The agenda includes:

  • Keynote Presentation: Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) & Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY)
  • Financial Incentives for Ecological Land Management: John Ikerd, Colin Mitchell
  • Changing the laws: Priorities in Congress & the Texas Legislature for Local Foods: Judith McGeary
  • Understanding & Addressing the Challenges for Farmers of Color: Kimberly Ratcliff & Stephen Carpenter
  • It’s Not the Cow, It’s the How: Diana Rogers
  • Meat Processing; From On-Farm to Inspected Plants: Doug Havemann, Dustin Peeler, & Michael Fisher
  • Successful Pastured Poultry: Nelson Carter
  • Online Marketing Platforms for Farmers
  • Financial Resources – From Banks to Grants: Tim Traister, FoodShed Investors, Kate Jolander (FSA), and Bertha Venegas (NRCS)
  • Scaling Up Your Farm Business: Shakera Raygoza, Mark Hutchins, & Becky Hume
  • Vegetable Production: Steve Diver
  • Orchard Production
  • Flower Production: Amanda Vanhoozier
  • The Microbiome Connection With Nutrition & Health: Kara Kroeger
  • Cooperative Models for Food Producers – Annelies Lottmann
  • Urban Farming Trends
  • Transportation & Distribution Solutions
  • Farmers’ Markets in the Time of COVID & Beyond: Sue Beckwith
  • Developing a Successful Brand for Your Business