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2024 local food and healthy farms conference - registrations open
Nebraska Ag Connection - 11/30/2023

Registration is now open for the much-anticipated 2024 Local Food and Healthy Farms Conference. This event is set to take place from January 25-27 at the River’s Edge Conference Center in Columbus, Nebraska. Organized by the Nebraska Sustainable Ag Society, this conference is open to everyone interested in sustainable farming and local food systems.

Detailed information and registration can be found Here.

The annual event, in collaboration with the University of Nebraska Extension and Nebraska specialty crop growers, aims to provide a dynamic platform for discussions on farming and local food systems in Nebraska. It encourages participants to learn, network, and collaborate for a resilient food future over forty years.

The conference will feature over 30 sessions covering a wide range of topics including farm financial planning, farm skills, field crops, livestock management, farm and food policy, urban agriculture, local food access, and much more. This year also introduces new pre-conference workshops on Thursday, focusing on regional food systems, communication, and farm/ranch resources.

Keynote speakers for the conference include Nancy Williams of No More Empty Pots in Omaha, and Michael Foley, co-owner of Green Uprising Farm and author of 'Farming for the Long Haul'. Their insights are expected to enrich discussions on regional food security and sustainable farming practices.

Networking opportunities abound at the conference, including a Friday evening reception and an exhibit hall where attendees can connect with farmers, researchers, sponsors, service agencies, and consumers.

The registration fee is $80 per day or $150 for both days, which includes meals and access to all events. Scholarships are available, and early registration is recommended by January 13, 2024.

The conference is supported by sponsors like Rodale Institute, Center for Rural Affairs, and others, reflecting a strong community commitment to sustainable agriculture and local food systems. This event is a crucial platform for those interested in the future of sustainable farming and local food initiatives.

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