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The Southern SAWG Annual Conference is well-known for providing the practical tools and solutions. It is a key event for those interested in sustainable and organic farming and creating more vibrant community food systems. It draws over 1,200 farmers and local food advocates from across the nation each year. The conference offers outstanding “field-tested” presenters, a full slate of hot-topic conference sessions and pre-conference courses, several field trips, a poster display, and a trade show.
Start planning now to be in Chattanooga, Tennessee January 17-20, 2018 to learn, network and celebrate!
The popular Pre-Conference events begin on Wednesday and include a great line-up of one-and-a-half day intensive short courses and then on Thursday, several exciting half-day field trips and mini courses. Each of these pre-conference activities requires separate registration.
Thursday evening offers an informal meet and greet with music and cash bar.
The General Conference is held on Friday and Saturday, with a wide variety of program offerings and nearly 100 expert presenters. There are sessions for those with years of experience and for those who are new to the field, on topics including organic and sustainable vegetable in fields and in high tunnels, grazing and sustainable livestock management, specialty crop production, unique marketing strategies, campus farms, scaling up, increasing profits, business and finance management, beginning farming, community food systems work, federal farm programs, agriculture policy developments, and more.
The General Conference line-up includes nearly 60 educational sessions, plus a state networking session for each of the 13 states in our region, and another 13 information exchange sessions where you get to exchange ideas and information with those who share your interests.
|8:00 a.m.||Coffee and Registration|
|8:30 a.m.||Introduction |
Dr. Michael Gold, Interim Director, The Center for AgroforestryWelcome and Introduction of Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Christopher Daubert, Dean, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
|8:45 a.m.||Priorities for Advancing Soil Health Management Systems |
Dr. Wayne Honeycutt, President and CEO, Soil Health Institute
|9:30 a.m.||Soil Health and Promoting Multi-Functional Agriculture Systems: Insights from California |
Dr. Amelie Gaudin, Associate Professor, University of California Davis
|10:00 a.m.||Soil Ecosystems Services of Agroforestry |
Dr. Ranjith Udawatta, Center for Agroforestry
|10:30 a.m.||Coffee Break|
|11:00 a.m.||Panel Discussion: Farmer Perspectives on Enhancing Soil Health|
|12:00 p.m.||Lunch (Soil Demonstrations and Poster Session in McQuinn Atrium)|
|1:00 p.m.||Advances in Soil Health Indicators: Developing Affordable and Interpretable Tests for Farmers |
Dr. Kristen Veum, USDA-ARS
|1:30 p.m.||Healthy Soils: The Missouri Partnership |
Sara Parker Pauley, Director, Missouri Department of Conservation
|2:00 p.m.||National and Regional Trends in Adoption of Soil Health Practices |
Dr. Rob Myers, Director, USDA – North Central SARE
|2:30 p.m.||Panel Discussion: Programs and Agency Coordination for Soil Health in Missouri |
Moderator: Gregory O. Mori, Outreach Coordinator, UMCA
|3:45 p.m.||Reception, Poster Session and Demonstrations in McQuinn Atrium (Until 5:45 p.m.)|
|4:30 p.m.||Reception Presentation |
Nick Goeser, Soil Health Partnership/NCGA
Symposium is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.
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Register now for the 2018 TOFGA Annual Conference! Hundreds of farmers, ranchers, and gardening enthusiasts are expected to attend from all over Texas to share ideas, network, build community, and have fun!
Regional farmer scholarships are available to farmers living within 400 miles of Austin, Texas.
The conference includes two days of learning sessions, plus multiple add-on pre-conference workshops and farm tours. The Friday night banquet features keynote speaker, Michael Abelman, a pioneer of the organic farming and urban agriculture movements, and a delicious locally-sourced dinner. Pre-conference events and the banquet are not included in registration, but can be added during the registration process.
TOFGA is a statewide non-profit organization focused on education and advocacy for Texas farmers, ranchers, and gardeners who practice organic and sustainable methods. TOFGA is run exclusively on membership dues and donations from the community. 2018 is TOFGA’s 25th anniversary.
Friday Banquet Dinner & Keynote
- Thursday Pre-Conference Workshops & Farm Tours (Please note that registration for pre-conference events is separate and not included in the full conference registration.)
- Conference Kick-Off – Thursday 5-7 pm, Join the TOFGA Board and exhibitors for mixing, mingling, and a cash bar. Additionally, research students will be on-hand to display and discuss their academic posters.
- TOFGA Regional Meetings – Friday lunch hour, lunch included in registration
- TOFGA Members Meeting – Friday afternoon
- Annual Banquet Keynote & Dinner – Friday evening, dinner included, plus cash bar
- Exhibitors Hall – Open Thursday 5-7, all-day Friday, and Saturday until close.
Held in February each year, NSAS hosts a wide range of speakers covering interests ranging across the spectrum — from production to marketing to conservation in farming & beyond. This year’s keynote presenter is Wes Jackson, founder and president emeritus of The Land Institute.
The family-friendly conference also features an extensive range of sessions for and by youth.