The 2019 Farm & Food Leadership Conference offers the most speakers, topics, networking opportunities, pre-conference workshops, and exhibitors in the 13-year history of this event!
Whether you are a farmer, rancher, homesteader, home gardener, cottage food producer, local foods activist, or just someone interested in nutritious, sustainably grown foods, you’ll want to be in San Marcos, Texas, Aug. 11-13!
Take Advantage of Early-Bird Rates!
A selection of the Monday and Tuesday sessions includes:
Perennial crops and agroforestry
Row crop niche markets – Organic, hemp, and value-added
Scaling up pastured poultry
What to look for in a meat processor
Healthy soils through grazing
Diversifying with hunting leases, agritourism, and more
Sheep and goat health
The Texas Legislative Session – Important new local food laws
Corporate consolidation in agriculture and food systems
Online marketing platforms for producers
The market for specialty crops
Three pillars of successful beekeeping
Filling your table by foraging and hunting
Youth & local foods
Finding good food, at the grocery and the farmers’ market
AND we’re offering a track of small-group Q&A sessions for conversations on these topics:
Connecting small-scale producers to small-scale restaurants and specialty markets
Connecting small-scale producers to mid-scale markets
The funding ecosystem – debt basics and “beyond debt”
Government loan and grant programs for producers
Veteran opportunities in agriculture
For the full list of topics, go to http://farmandranchfreedom.org/farm-food-leadership-conference/2019program. And be sure to check the current lineup of inspiring and knowledgeable speakers at http://farmandranchfreedom.org/farm-food-leadership-conference/2019-speakers. More are being added each week!
Register while Early Bird rates apply and save 12-16 percent.
The first 100 people to register receive a free subscription to Oregon Tilth’s “In Good Tilth” magazine!
Don’t Miss Out on These Pre-Conference Workshops
Optimizing Your Land’s Relationship to Water
How to Form a Successful Cooperative
Food Safety for Produce Growers
Food Safety for Food Facilities
Maximizing Farm Capital
Implementing SNAP Incentive Programs at Farmers’ Markets
Farming and Gardening for Youth
Need Financial Assistance? Scholarships Are Available!
Thanks to a generous grant through the Small Producers Initiative, we have a significant number of scholarship opportunities available this year, with preference given to small farmers.
If possible, we ask that applicants register for the conference and pay the registration fee up-front. The registration form (https://secure.everyaction.com/eFum_OUT1USkmWTgR0Xgvg2) includes an option for you to indicate if you are requesting a scholarship. If approved, we will refund your registration fee within one week after the conference. If you cannot afford to pay the registration fee, please fill out the scholarship application at https://secure.everyaction.com/jhO00eHOP02RSJHE5aziVg2.
Hosted by the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, Council for Healthy Food Systems, and Texas State University’s Small Producers Initiative