Schedule

A Gathering Place

The Our Farms, Our Future conference is an incredible opportunity to join with many key stakeholders in the sustainable agriculture community. Participants will engage in important dialogue about the trajectory of sustainable agriculture for the next 30 years. Engaging panels, technical and issue-oriented breakout sessions, art and storytelling opportunities, long networking breaks, poster sessions, exhibitor booths and farm tours will all contribute to creating an unforgettable experience. The schedule included below provides a basic overview of the conference proceedings.

See the Breakout Sessions page for more information about specific sessions.

Monday, April 2nd

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM    NCAT/ATTRA’s Armed to Farm Alumni Educational Session (Invitation Only)

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM   Military Veteran Networking Session Sponsored and Hosted by NCAT/ATTRA

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM   Registration

Tuesday, April 3rd

7:00 AM        Registration, poster and exhibit set-up

8:30 AM       Welcome and conference overview

8:40 AM        Keynote Address by Deputy Secretary Steve Censky, USDA

9:00 AM       Envisioning the Next 30 Years of Sustainable Agriculture: A Conversation with USDA Leaders

10:00 AM     Networking break, posters and exhibits on display

10:30 AM     Breakout session #1 (choice of 8 breakout sessions)

Noon              Lunch

1:00 PM        Breakout session #2 (choice of 8 breakout sessions)

2:30 PM        Networking break, posters and exhibits on display (90-minutes)

During the networking break, participants will be able to elect to attend two special sessions from 2:45 to 3:45 PM:

Federal Policy and Sustainable Agriculture: Looking Ahead – a special, 60-minute session with Ferd Hoefner and Margaret Krome

Sustainability in 180 Seconds – a unique event featuring lightning round presentations by SARE Graduate Student Grant recipients about their projects

4:00 PM        Breakout session #3 (choice of 8 breakout sessions)

5:30 PM        Break for dinner on your own

7:00 PM to 10:00 PM  Film Screenings and Young Farmer Mixer

Wednesday, April 4th

7:30 AM       Registration, poster set-up

8:30 AM       Reflections on the past 30 years of SARE and ATTRA featuring Rob Myers, Kim Kroll, Guy Ames and Rex Dufour

9:00 AM       Envisioning the Next 30 Years of Sustainable Agriculture: Food System Experts Weigh In

10:00 AM     Networking break, posters and exhibits on display

10:30 AM     Breakout session #4 (choice of 8 breakout sessions)

Noon               Lunch

1:00 PM         Breakout session #5 (choice of 8 breakout sessions, repeated from the morning)

2:30 PM         Networking break, posters and exhibits on display (90-minutes)

During the networking break, participants will be able to elect to attend two special sessions from 2:45 to 3:45 PM.

Federal Policy and Sustainable Agriculture: Looking Ahead – a special, 60-minute session with Ferd Hoefner and Margaret Krome

The Business of Farm to School – an engaging 60-minute session about how sales to school meal programs can support farm economic viability hosted by USDA’s Farm to School Regional Lead Andrea Northup

4:00 PM        Taking Root: Farmers and Ranchers Share Their Perspectives on the Next 30 Years of Sustainable Agriculture

5:00 PM        Conference adjourned except for bus tours

Thursday, April 5th

FARM TOURS

Farm tours are offered this day, with the first tours leaving at 8:00 AM. See your specific tour for the exact departure time. The tours will be a variety of lengths, with some arriving back at the hotel by noon and others arriving by 4:30 pm. Transportation to tour sites is provided when you reserve your spot. To learn more about the farm tours, visit the Farm Tours page.

NOTE: If you signed up for a farm tour during your registration process but can no longer attend, please tell the registration desk. And if you were not able to attend the farm tour you wanted to attend due to it being full during registration, come check in with the desk before Wednesday at 5 pm to see if a spot has opened up that you can have.

SUSTAINER’S SPACE – PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT AND ART-MAKING OPPORTUNITIES

All Our Farms, Our Future conference attendees are invited to imagine and co-create possibilities for the next 30 years of sustainable agriculture in our “Sustainer’s Space” which is housed in Sterling Studio 6 on the 2nd floor. Come by and use our art supplies to create something to add to the “Wall of Wonder.” Grab a postcard, reflect on your ideas and hopes, and write a reminder for yourself that SARE will mail to you after the conference. Learn about soil quilts, and view photos by SARE and ATTRA stakeholders to be inspired about sustainable agriculture. The Sustainer’s Space is open Tuesday morning through Wednesday evening. Ask a staff member if you have questions!