Call for Posters

2017 Call for Posters

Attention Researchers, Graduate Students and Agricultural Service Providers

We are pleased to announce the Call for Posters for Southern SAWG’s 26th Annual Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference. Our mission is “To empower and inspire farmers, individuals, and communities in the South to create an agricultural system that is ecologically sound, economically viable, socially just, and humane. Because sustainable solutions depend on the involvement of the entire community, Southern SAWG is committed to including all persons in the South without bias.”


Our Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference attracts over 1,200 farmers and advocates every year and provides a great opportunity for you to share research results, program outcomes and lessons learned (separately we offer trade show tables for organizations, agencies and businesses to distribute materials, demonstrate or sell services/products, and/or interact with target audiences. See trade show exhibits page). 

Those interested in displaying a poster(s) at this event must first submit a brief abstract for each poster (instructions below). Only those abstracts approved by Southern SAWG may display posters at this event. We will review all submitted abstracts and make decisions regarding acceptance as abstracts are received. You will be notified within two weeks of receipt about acceptance. Further details and registration materials will be provided at that time.

If the abstract is approved, the early bird registration fee for poster displays will be $150.00 each with a special discounted rate of $50.00 each for currently enrolled graduate students (NOTE: poster registration does not include conference registration). You do not have to be present in order to have a poster displayed. Posters can be shipped to the conference site.

Poster content should be aimed at providing practical tools and solutions for sustaining family farms and creating local food systems.

We invite abstracts for posters that focus on issues related to sustainable agriculture and food systems including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • organic or sustainable commercial production of vegetable crops, field crops, poultry, livestock,
  • forest crops, fish, cut flowers, value-added products or other specialty crops;
  • business and risk management;
  • direct or alternative marketing strategies;
  • local food systems;
  • climate change impacts on agriculture;
  • sustainable energy;
  • youth in agriculture;
  • farms on campus;
  • community development


Abstract Details

Abstracts are due by November 14, 2016

Submit your abstract for review here:

Abstracts should be submitted for review in the following format:

Length no more than one-half page; single-space; title; author(s); institution or organization; and contact information (address, phone number, email address).

You may submit more than one abstract, but you must submit each one separately.


Poster Registration

Upon acceptance of your abstract, you will be emailed the secure web link for paying your poster registration fee. The poster registration fee is due by December 16 (for early bird rate of $150 or $50 for current graduate students). We cannot accept purchase orders or vouchers. Personal or institutional checks or credit card information must accompany your registration form.

Your poster registration fee must be paid in full, via personal or institutional check or credit card, before poster will be displayed.


Poster Details

The poster size should not exceed 46”x36” (or 36”x46”). High-quality, color printing is requested.

You do not have to be present at the conference in order to have a poster displayed.

Posters must be received by Noon, Thursday January 26, 2017. The poster must be either delivered or shipped to us in Lexington (shipping details will be provided later). Southern SAWG staff will install posters for display onsite.

Posters will be on display at the Lexington Convention Center during regular conference and trade show hours January 27 and 28, 2017.

Researchers are welcome to take their poster at the end of the event. However, we cannot return ship any posters that are not picked up onsite Saturday evening.

The registration for the conference and pre-conference events is not included in the $150 poster registration fee. The pre-conference and conference programs and those registration details will be available after October 15, 2016 at:


Timeline and Registration

  • November 14, 2016 — abstract submission deadline at:
  • November 16, 2016 — abstract acceptance notification sent and registration material provided.
  • December 16, 2016 — $150 (or $50) early-bird poster registration deadline; $225 (or $60) if payment is received after December 16.
  • January 26, 2017 — poster received at conference facility by Noon Thursday January 26.


Questions about Posters?

Contact: Teresa Maurer at or by phone at 479-799-7985.