How to Make Conference Session Suggestion

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Southern SAWG hosts a conference each January that is highly regarded for the educational content and networking opportunities. The location rotates around the U.S. Southern region.

As part of our main conference program we generally provide over 50 educational sessions that are each 75–90 minutes in length.

We offer sessions on commercial horticulture crop production (primarily vegetable and flowers, but not exclusively), commercial livestock production, direct marketing, farm business operation, community food systems, farm to cafeteria, nonprofit organizational development, and federal farm policies and programs. Sessions are primarily geared towards small and mid-scale family farms, those who work with these farmers (educators, organizers, advocates, etc), those who are working on local food systems, and advocates of policies that would benefit all these groups.

The focus of all sessions is on sustainability with an emphasis on the practical. We seek presenters with “real world” experience in sustainable farming enterprises, community food system operations, and policy advocacy who can provide an engaging presentation providing practical tools that our conference attendees can take home and put into action on their farms and in their communities.

Southern SAWG is committed to including a diversity of voices on our program, so we are especially interested in knowing about possible presenters who are generally under-represented such as people of color, women and young adults.

Although we don’t formally solicit session proposals, we welcome ideas for compelling topics and presenters. If you would like to make a suggestion, please provide the following information:

  1. Your Name
  2. Affiliation
  3. Phone Number
  4. Email Address
  5. Session Idea and Description (with an explanation of why it would be a good fit for our audience)
  6. Session Presenter(s), affiliation and contact information (along with their area of expertise)
  7. Whether or not the presenter(s) will be able to cover his or her own expenses, and if not, what the estimated cost to Southern SAWG will be.

We welcome ideas all year 'round. To be considered for the upcoming conference, please submit ideas by MAY 15. We do not promise that your idea will result in a conference session, in the current year or near future, but we do keep a running list of potential topics and presenters for future conferences and utilize the list extensively.

Thank you for your interest.

Natilee McGruder
Conference Educational Program Coordinator