2018 Farm & Food Conference

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Framing Our Future: What is Right About Food, Farming and Communities in Kansas

Friday, November 16  & Saturday November 17
8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Both Days
Hotel at Old Town Conference Center
830 E 1st St. N
Wichita, Kansas

This year’s conference promises to have something for a broad spectrum of attendees—from conventional and organic farmers, to beginning and established farmers, conservationists and environmentalists, and local food advocates and community leaders.

Keynote speaker for day one is  Mary Hendrickson, associate professor of rural sociology at the University of Missouri and contributor to the Federal Reserve Bank’s  recently published “Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities”. A daughter of the prairie plains and deeply rooted in rural communities, Mary will speak on local food for regional economies and creating community wealth.

We are also pleased to announce that on day two keynote speakers will be David Montgomery and Anne Bikle, authors of “The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health”. They will speak on the connections between soil health and human health, and the farming practices needed for a transformation in agriculture and health.  Montgomery is also author to “Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations”, and the Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life.”As usual, the conference will also include workshops, panels, discussions, and valuable networking time for participants.

Call for Sponsors   Be a Sponsor! 

The conference each year would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors.  KRC invites sponsors to help support this growing conference. Sponsors have the opportunity to network with the over 200 participants each year by hosting an exhibitor booth.  Other sponsorship opportunities include an ad in the conference program, or helping with the costs of local food, scholarships for students and beginning farmers to attend and more.  Sponsorship allows KRC to produce a top quality conference complete with top experts, diverse workshops, exhibits, locally sourced food and other opportunities that create a positive, meaningful experience for conference participants.

Register   Register To Attend! 

Cost to attend the conference is $70 per day or $135 for both days which includes access to all presenters, a light breakfast, lunch and snacks both days, and a Friday evening social hour.  Both days will include a lunch from locally-sourced ingredients and will offer conference attendees time for networking and visiting exhibitor booths.


Hotel rooms at the Hotel at Old Town are available at a discounted rate until Oct. 22 for conference participants. After Oct. 22 the hotel will honor the discount if rooms are still available. To reserve a room, call (316) 267-4800. Request the group rate for “Kansas Rural Center Farm and Food Conference.”