2016 Acres U.S.A. Conference ─ Preliminary Agenda
The knowledge shared in the lectures and workshops is nothing short of amazing. The goal is both to pass along practical advice for your eco-farm and to “connect the dots” for you with the many interconnected dynamics of nature. Here's an early look at the planned talks . . . so far. We'll have a few more surprises in coming days and weeks, so check back for that news plus more in-depth details of these talks. But beyond the formal talks, a great deal of the value of the conference is who you will meet in the hallways, the knowledge you'll pick up from the innovators in the Trade Show, and the time you spend in dialog with the speakers in the consulting halls. Trust us . . . the lectures and workshops are only the beginning.
Wednesday, November 30 - Friday, December 2, 2016
Here are some of the formal presentations you can look forward to . . .WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30
Eco-Farming 101 — Learn the basic techniques and technologies of eco-agriculture. A good overview for people new to the concepts; good review for the experienced.
Grazing 101 — Learn how modern rotational grazing can improve the soil and be a profitable addition to your enterprise.
Opening Keynote — Dr. Arden Andersen
Why are Consumers of Organic Products as Sick as Consumers of Conventional Products? — In this keynote presentation he explains why, including food choices, lack of variety, lack of foundational nutrition, etc.
THURSDAY, DEC. 1
A Journey Into Our Food System: Looking Beyond Short-Term Yields To A Regenerative/Organic System — Jeff Moyer
How to Make a Living on One Acre — Ben Hartman
Beyond Organic: Understanding Nutrient-Dense Food — Glen Rabenberg
Glyphosate and Transgenic Crops and their Impact on Soil Biology and Ecology and the Environment — Robert Kremer, Ph.D.
Building Your Soil While Building Farm Profits — Gabe Brown
Natural-Organic Insect and Disease Control — Howard Garrett
Poultry-Centered Regenerative Agriculture Systems – Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin
Weeds and Soil Fertility — Neal Kinsey
Organic Grains: Production Issues & Profit Potential — David Vetter
Silica and Balanced Nutrition for Disease and Insect Control — Noel Garcia
Iodine and Selenium: the One-Two Punch — Dr. Richard Olree
The New Biological Farmer: 15 Years of Learning — Gary Zimmer
Synchronizing Nutrient Release from Organic Sources with Plant Needs for Maximum Crop Performance — Larry Zibilske, Ph.D.
Water Control on the Farm: Keyline and Beyond ─ Mark Shepard
The Sugar Solution: Plants & Microbes — Bob Yanda
A Farmer’s Guide to Natural Beekeeping — Leo Sharashkin
Evening Keynote — Denise O’Brien
A Place at the Table and in the Field — This Iowa farmer will share her thoughts on emerging leaders in the science and practice of sustainable and organic agriculture.
FRIDAY, DEC. 2
Failed Promises, Flawed Science: An Update on GMOs & Glyphosate and Soil, Plant, Animal, Human Health – Prof. Don Huber
Building Soil Health and Soil Biology — Dennis Warnecke
Improving Soils and Pasture Productivity — Ron McLean
Pasture-Raised Hogs: Fencing, Forages and the Future — Ross Duffield
The pH:CEC Ratio: A New Tool for Predicting Agronomic Potential — Paul Deckard
Hair Mineral Analysis and Nutritional Balancing: An Opportunity to Enhance Livestock Performance — Peter Norwood
Lessons Learned from Rodale Institute’s Farming Systems Trial — Emmanuel Omondi, Ph.D.
Soil Health Relative to Sustainable and Organic Systems and in Natural Ecosystems — Robert Kremer, Ph.D.
Humic Products in Production Agriculture: State of the Science — Dana Dinnes
Organic Certification 101: Transitioning, Inspections and Record Keeping — Angie Tunink and OCIA staff
A Primer on Entering the Organic Market: Beyond the Rules — Grace Gershuny
Nuts and Bolts of Poultry-Centered Regenerative Agriculture — Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin
Feed the Plant or Feed the Soil? — Doug Gunnink
Capturing a Hive of Local, Adaptive Bees & Appropriate Hive Design — Leo Sharashkin
A1-A2 Milk: Update on the Science and Global Happenings — Dr. Richard Olree
Add Perennial Diversity to Your Farm — Mark Shepard
Evening Keynote — Grace Gershuny
Organic Revolutionary: the Movement for Real Food, Planetary Healing, and Human Liberation — A true elder of the organic farming movement, this author/farmer will share tales from early days and reflect on the future of the clean food movement.
And more sessions to come!