Conference DVDs


8th Annual Farm and Food Leadership Conference

September 15-16, 2014 | Bastrop, Texas


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DVDs listed below are from our 2013 Farm & Food Leadership Conference.


(Stay tuned for 2014 DVDs!)

For a donation of $12, we can send your choice of any of the 2013 Conference DVDs below, or for a donation of $40, you can receive the set of four. Donate today!

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Francis Thicke - keynote speakeDVD 1: Keynote Speech / GMO Perspectives

Presentation 1 – Keynote Speaker: Dr. Francis Thicke. Dr. Thicke and his wife, Susan, own and operate an 80-cow, grass-based, organic dairy near Fairfield, Iowa. They have a processing plant on their farm where they process all the milk from their cows. They market their products through grocery stores and restaurants in their local community, all within four miles of their farm.

After completing his Ph.D., Francis worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., serving as the National Program Leader for Soil Science for the USDA-Extension Service. Francis and Susan returned to full-time farming in 1992 in the farming operation they own and operate today. Thicke has received multiple awards and honors, most recently the 2012 MOSES Organic Farmer of the Year, 2009 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture, and the 2007 Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award from the Practical Farmers of Iowa.

Presentation 2 – “GMO Perspectives: Farm to Store”
Panelists: Eric Herm (farmer and author), Doug Foreman (Beanitos), Alan Lewis (Natural Grocers). What challenges face farmers who wish to grow non-genetically engineered crops? Food manufacturers who want to provide non-GMO products? Retail stores that are committed to healthy foods? Learn more about all these aspects of the fight against GMOs.

DVD 2: Free Trade / Politics of Organics.

Presentation 1 – “International Free Trade and What it Means for You: TPP, COOL, and Other Acronyms” Presenter: Patty Lovera (Food & Water Watch). From knowing where your food was raised, to what’s allowed in that food, international trade agreements have a huge impact on our food system. Find out about the current debates and how to get involved.

Presentation 2 – “The Politics of Organics”
Panelists: Alan Lewis (Natural Grocers), Dr. Francis Thicke. Organics is not just a movement – it’s also an industry. What is the reality of certified organics?

DVD 3: Texas News

Presentation 1 – Texas Legislators’ Panel
Speakers: Rep. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham), Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin). Texas State legislators share their perspectives on the local foods movement: why they took up the cause, the challenges we face, and how we can have more of an impact on our elected officials.

Presentation 2 – Texas Local Food Laws
Speaker: Judith McGeary (FARFA). The Texas Legislature considered a slew of bills that affect our farmers and local food producers. There’s both good news and bad news – and more to come!

DVD 4: GMOs – View from Inside the Industry

Speaker: Dr. Steve King. Dr. King spent years working as a plant breeder within the industry, and then in academia. Get the insider’s view about what really happens with the development of genetically engineered crops.