This week, Nov. 13-15, marks the very first iteration of the Tropical Agriculture Conference, taking place in Belmopan, Belize. 

The idea for this conference, focused on regenerative agriculture, came about after Belize Ag Report Publisher Beth Roberson attended the 2017 Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show. She returned home inspired and, less than a year later, with the help of Belize officials and Regeneration International, the Tropical Agriculture Conference was born.

Acres U.S.A. General Manager Ryan Slabaugh is in attendance at the conference, to listen to speakers such as André Leu, Reignaldo Haslett-Marroquin, and more. Follow along with his updates here:

Day 1: "Humanity Has To Come First"

Day 2: "Under the Trees We Flourish" 

Day 3: Tractor Time podcast Episode 22

The Conference in Pictures:

Scenery in Belmopan, Belize
Scenery in Belmopan, Belize.

Andre Leu speaking at the Tropical Agriculture Conference
Andre Leu, with Regeneration International, helps kick off the inaugural Tropical Agriculture Conference in Belize.

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin gives a TV interview
Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, with the Main Street Project, gives a TV interview.

Christopher Nesbitt speaks at the Tropical Agriculture Conference
Christopher Nesbitt teaches a class on permaculture growing techniques on Wednesday morning. He grows hundreds of species, including vanilla and cacao, on his farm. "On my farm, if a market goes bad, I've got 499 other things to sell," he says. 

A large crowd listening to speakers at the Tropical Agriculture Conference
A crowd of about 100 filled in on the first day, and continue to grow. Speakers filled 5 stages all day talking about and teaching regenerative agriculture techniques in Belmopan, Belize. 

Taylor Walker speaks at the Tropical Agriculture Conference in Belize
Taylor Walker leads a class on edible gardening and trees. "Jack fruit is a breathtaking tree to see. I've heard of trees in India reaching 180 feet."

The test gardens at the National Agriculture Grounds in Belmopan, Belize.
The test gardens at the National Agriculture Grounds in Belmopan, Belize.

Stay tuned for more photos to come ....

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