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Farm & Food Leadership Conference [TX]


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! 

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

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

  • Wholesale readiness

  • 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:

  • Fermentation basics

  • 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