Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

The Our Farms, Our Future Conference will offer a total of sixteen different breakout tracks during the two days of conference programming. Attendees will be able to choose sessions from eight different tracks the first day and from a different set of eight tracks the second day. Please read on below to learn more about what each day offers. Note that you are not required to stick to one track on each day – you can attend whichever sessions you’d like.

You can see a schedule of the breakout tracks with topic areas here: Breakout Session Schedule

Day One Breakout Tracks – Tuesday, April 3rd

On the first day of the conference, participants can expect technical and educational material about topics like soil health, small ruminant production, urban agriculture, entrepreneurship, marketing and resources for tomorrow’s farmers and ranchers. These sessions will be informative, with some time for questions and discussion.

Click on each breakout session below to learn more about the session content and speakers.

Track A: Building Soil Health with Cover Crops and Other Strategies

Track B: Eating Well Together: Developing Partnerships for a Local Food Economy

Track C: Ecology and Economics of Grazing for Beef and Dairy

Track D: Profitable Pig and Poultry Production

Track E: Successful Small Ruminant Production

Track F: Surviving and Thriving with Vegetable and Fruit Production

Track G: The First Years on the Farm or Ranch: Tools, Perspectives and Lessons for Success

Track H: Transforming Urban Landscapes and Communities with Urban Agriculture

Day Two Breakout Tracks – Wednesday, April 4th

The second day of the conference will feature sessions that are focused on important issues of today and tomorrow. These sessions will be discussion-oriented, featuring topics like water challenges, farming and ranching in a changing climate, quality of life, the next generation of producers and success stories in farming and ranching.

Most of the sessions on Day Two are repeated to allow conference attendees to participate in more than one discussion. It is recommended that attendees select the two issues they’re most interested in learning about from the list below and prioritize attending those sessions.

Click on each breakout session below to learn more about the session content and speakers.

Track I: Success Stories in Farming and Ranching

Track J: Launching the Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers

Track K: Farming and Ranching in a Changing Climate

Track L: Water Challenges for the Coming Decades

Track M: Addressing the Intersection of Economics and Environment in Future Food Systems

Track N: How to Build a Food System

Track O: Pollinators, Wildlife and Biodiversity on Farms and Ranches

Track P: Service Learning and Engaged Scholarship Opportunities in Sustainable Agriculture

Start learning now!

Prep for the conference and start exploring sustainable agriculture topics now! Help yourself to SARE’s resources in the Learning Center or browse our grant projects in the projects database. You can also check out NCAT/ATTRA’s resources at