“Our Farms, Our Future” Conference April 2018

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From April 3 to 5, The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program will be hosting farmers, ranchers, researchers, and educators from across the nation in St. Louis, Missouri for their “Our Farms, Our Future” conference.

This national event will bring together the diverse agricultural community for 3 days to engage in dialogue about the trajectory and sustainability of the agricultural community. This year’s conference will be addressing major food sustainability trends, with presentations from various farmers and ranchers on individual produce sustainability, ranging from fruits and vegetables to different livestock.

Over the course of these 3 days in St. Louis, there will be a mass of workshops available to those in attendance, covering topics such as soil health, local food economy, profitable poultry, water challenges, and more.

The final day of the conference is dedicated to farm touring, with half day and full day tours available to choose from. Tour options are constructed in order to educate attendants on proper soil health practices, dairy farms, locally raising livestock, local farming’s impact in the community, along with many other farming skills and methods.

The day before the event officially begins, the NCAT will be holding a special networking session specifically for military veterans, known as “Armed to Farm”. This session allows veterans around the country who are interested in pursuing sustainable agriculture as a career to be trained multiple experts and professionals, giving them the tools and knowledge they need to begin their futures in farming.

Held at The Hyatt Regency in Downtown St. Louis, the “Our Farm, Our Future” conference is in close proximity to hundreds of acres of park spaces, several museums, walking trials, and the famous St. Louis arch, giving participants of the conference a chance to explore the best of the city during their visit.

A room block at the Hyatt has been reserved for conference participants; booking one of these rooms will allow you to receive a discount on the room. To book one of these block rooms, your room reservation must be made no later than March 12. For those traveling alone, there is also a Facebook event page, where you can look for other attendants to room with.

“Our Farm, Our Future” is a once-in-a-decade event, and spots and rooms are flying fast, so be sure to reserve your spot in time.


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