Emerging Farmers Conference
The 16th annual Emerging Farmers Conference will be held virtually this year due to COVID 19.
The annual Emerging Farmers Conference (formerly the Immigrant & Minority Farmers Conference) serves to advance the success and sustainability of farmers who traditionally face barriers to the education and resources necessary to build profitable agricultural businesses, including immigrant farmers and farmers of color.
This innovative conference focuses primarily on the needs and interests of these farmers, and supports their contributions to local economic development and building healthy communities. It does so by connecting farmers, farm advocates, educators, professionals, experts, and agency officials.
The Emerging Farmers Conference (EFC) is FREE for all farmers and language interpretation is available in Spanish, Hmong, Karen, Bhutanese, Vietnamese, and Somali. Interpretation is based on registration.
The EFC is a program of Big River Farms. It is planned and hosted by a collaborative of farmers and volunteers, government, nonprofit, and University of Minnesota personnel.
EFC attendees will be able to share experiences and learn from other farmers in the following workshops:
- Profitable Farming
- Pest and disease management
- Scaling to wholesale
- Value-added production
- Land access panel
- Producer panel
- Conservation and NRCS grant programs
- Keynote address with Tiffany LaShae