Monday, February 12, 2007

2007 Sustainable Ag Conference

The Well-being of Rural Kansas: Healthy People, Healthy Environment and Healthy Economics” is the theme for the 2007 Sustainable Agriculture Conference scheduled for February 16 and 17 at the K-State Alumni Center in Manhattan, Kansas...

Plenary session presenters and topics include:

* Jimmy Daukas, American Farmland Trust – “A New Vision for U.S. Farm Policy that Promotes Healthy People, Healthy Environment, and Healthy Rural Economies”

* Mark Muller, Institute for Agriculture and Trace Policy – “Paths to a Healthy Environment: Linking Human Health and Nutrition with Environmental Policy”

* Rich Pirog, Leopold Center, Iowa State University – “Paths to Healthy People and Local Economies: Bringing Local Foods to Rural America”

* Patty Cantrell, Michigan Land Use Institute – “Bringing Local Foods to Public Schools and Other Institutions”

* Ginette Ishimatsu, University of Denver – “The Zen of Food”

The two-day conference will feature additional presentations by leading experts on local food systems and their role in sustaining family farms. Individuals and non-profit groups are also invited to participate in the educational poster display during the conference.

Detailed conference information—including location, accommodations, poster/display guidelines, and poster and conference registration—are available on the Sustainable Agriculture Conference website.

Register by February 2 to receive the early registration rates of $80 for both days or $40 for single-day registration. After February 2, a $10 late fee will apply.

The conference is sponsored by the Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops, K-State Research and Extension, and the Kansas Rural Center, with financial support from KDHE/EPA 319 Program and USDA/Risk Management Agency.

Debbie Hagenmaier
Program Coordinator
Division of Continuing Education
256 College Court Building
Manhattan, KS 66506-6001
Phone: 785-532-2560
Fax: 785-532-3779


Jeff Neel said...

Hi all,

Thought you might be interested in attending this conference. Last year, Marion Nestle spoke about food paradigms and a year or two before that Fred Kirschenmann (Leopold Center) spoke about a new social contract for ag. There are usually several thought provoking talks and lots of real world advice from practitioners. It is a great opportunity to network and chat with sustainable ag folks from across the state.