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KRC’s 2015 Farm & Food Conference

November 13, 2015 - November 14, 2015

November 13 – 14

Four Points by Sheraton, Manhattan, Kansas

Register To Attend! Register to Sponsor Our Conference! Hotel & Visitor Information   Conference Agenda

Registration is open for the Kansas Rural Center’s 2015 Farm and Food Conference, “Roots, Shoot and Boots: Healthy Farms and Healthy People from the Ground Up,” to be held November 13 – 14 at the Four Points by Sheraton, in Manhattan, Kansas.  The two-day conference promises to appeal to a broad spectrum of attendees—from beginning and established farmers, to local food advocates, to wildlife enthusiasts and community leaders.   For a full agenda, please click here. 

Register today at http://kansasruralcenter.org/conference-2015/.

The entire first day will be a Soil Health Forum focusing on the nexus between cover crops, no-till and organic systems. Featured speakers include Jeff Moyer, Executive Director of the Rodale Institute, and world renowned authority in organic agriculture; and Klaas Martens, who farms 1,400 acres of certified organic crops and operates Lakeview Organic Grain, a certified organic feed and seed business.  Martens is well-known and respected in organic circles for his broad knowledge of cover crops, crop rotations and heirloom grains.

The Soil Health Forum will include sessions on soil health and organic farming, organic no-till and opportunities in organics, Kansas-based cover crop and soil health research and findings, and a farmer panel to discuss real-life experiences and challenges in building soil health and creating successful farms.

The second day of the conference will feature keynote speaker David Hunt, a nationally recognized teacher and leader in organizing for social change. Hunt will set a tone of action for policy development, strategizing, and community building for a day packed with diverse sessions and speakers.

Breakout sessions will focus on local food systems, community food solutions and economic opportunities, farm transitions and beginning farmer opportunities, farm practices and marketing strategies for diversification, conservation on the farm, and farm, food and environmental policy.

The breakout sessions will cover a wide range of topics including adding livestock to your operation, season extension, pollinator habitat on the farm, adding honey bees to your operation, making a living on a small-scale farm, pesticide drift, carbon sequestration, telling your farm or food story, and a view of the Kansas political landscape heading into 2016.

To view the agenda and speakers for both days, please follow this link – http://kansasruralcenter.org/2015-farm-food-conference-agenda/.  To register, please visit http://kansasruralcenter.org/conference-2015/.

The conference will feature a locally-sourced lunch on both days and will offer conference attendees time for networking and visiting exhibitor booths in order to connect with and learn more about the great people and exciting things happening in farming, food production, and the environment, in Kansas and beyond.

If you would like to sponsor our conference, please visit www.kansasruralcenter.org/conference-2015, or contact Natalie Fullerton at nfullerton@kansasruralcenter.org or (866) 579-5469. The annual conference would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors.  Sponsorship allows KRC to produce a top quality conference complete with renowned speakers, diverse workshops, exhibits, locally-sourced food and other opportunities that create a positive, meaningful experience for conference participants.  Several different levels and benefits of sponsorship are available.


November 13, 2015
November 14, 2015


Natalie Fullerton – KRC