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.

We welcome ideas all year round but we will start making our selections in May–July. If your submission falls after that time period, we still encourage you to send it, but please note that your topic or presenter may be considered for the following year.

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