KRC’s Annual Conference Scheduled for November 17-18, 2017
By Natalie Fullerton
The Kansas Rural Center will host its annual Farm and Food Conference November 17 and 18, 2017, in Manhattan, Kansas, at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel. This year the two-day program will highlight how biological, human, and economic diversity builds resilience, and how we can make it happen on our farms, in our communities, and in our part of the world.
The 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 presenters and breakout sessions will illustrate the theme, “Driving the Change that Matters: Practical and Political Solutions to Our Farm and Food Future.” Keynote speaker for day one is Denise O’Brien, Women Food and Agriculture Network founder and longtime Iowa farmer and activist, who will provide an inspiring outlook on how to put yourself in the driver’s seat and create a healthy and just food and farm future and society. On day two Ferd Hoefner, Senior Strategic Advisor for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition will share his experience working in D.C. to shape sustainable agriculture policy and what’s on the horizon with the 2018 Farm Bill as well as the future for sustainable agriculture. Both keynote speakers have over 30 years of experience in their work and have strong interest in passing on their legacies to a new generation of activists and advocates.
Each day will also include 12 to 15 breakout sessions featuring presentations and panel discussions of how we transform our farms and food system to better meet future environmental, economic, and social challenges. Sessions will also include practical production and marketing information, farm transition ideas for the next generation, conservation practices and management, and informative sessions on state policy, community organizing efforts in Kansas, and more. A more detailed agenda will be available later.
Call for Sponsors
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 leading experts, diverse workshops, exhibits, locally sourced food, and other opportunities that create a positive, meaningful experience for conference participants. To sponsor the conference, please visit – http://bit.ly/ConfSponsor2017.
Cost to attend the conference is $70 for one day, or $135 for two days, which includes access to all presenters, 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 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. To register to attend the conference, please visit – https://bit.ly/ConfReg2017.
To learn more about becoming a sponsor, registering, or scholarships at this year’s conference, visit www.kansasruralcenter.org or call Natalie Fullerton at 866-579-5469 Extension 701 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.