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.

To learn more about the breakout sessions, please visit this Page.

Monday, April 2nd

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM   Registration

Tuesday, April 3rd

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

8:00 AM       Welcome and conference overview

8:30 AM       Special programming featuring SARE and ATTRA representatives

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

The first of three plenary panel sessions. Speakers include: Kathleen Merrigan (George Washington University, Deputy Secretary of the USDA from 2009-2013); Krysta Harden (DuPont, Deputy Secretary of the USDA from 2013-2016, Invited); Steve Censky (Deputy Secretary of the USDA, Invited)

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

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

5:30 PM       Adjourn

Wednesday, April 4th

7:30 AM       Registration, poster set-up

8:30 AM       Special programming featuring SARE and ATTRA representatives

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

The second of our plenary panel sessions. Speakers include: Beth Robertson-Martin (General Mills), Errol Schweizer (former Whole Foods V.P. of grocery), Charlie Jackson (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project), Stefani Millie Grant (Unilever, Invited)

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

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

The final plenary panel session, featuring farmers and ranchers. Speakers include: Anna Jones-Crabtree (Vilicus Farms), Faith Gilbert (Letterbox Farm), Keith Berns (Providence Farms, Green Cover Seed), Wayne Swanson (Swanson Family Farm)

5:00 PM       Conference adjourned

Thursday, April 5th

Farm tours are offered this day, with most tours leaving the hotel at 8:00 AM. 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, click here.