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Where is the conference held?

All conference activities will be held inside the Hyatt Regency Columbus located at 350 North High Street, Columbus, OH 68102, phone 614-463-1234, fax 614-280-3064.


How do I get into the conference? What time should I be there?

Registration is required for all conference activities. See our "Registration" page or call 800-355-5313 to register for the Conference and Trade Show on or before November 30, 2017, or register on site. Eco-Ag University registrations must be received by November 30, 2017; there is no on-site registration for the Eco-Ag University classes. Your name badge is your pass to the conference and trade show. Be sure to wear it to all conference events. There are different badge pick-up times based on your registration:

— If you pre-registered for the 2-Day Eco-Ag U. & Conference Pass, then you are attending two days of Eco-Ag University (Tuesday, December 5 AND Wednesday, December 6) and the main conference & trade show (December 6-8). Both workshops are chosen upon registration and may not be changed at a later time. You will receive your name badge and other conference materials at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, December 5. Class begins at 8:30 a.m. both days.

— If you pre-registered for the 1-Day Eco-Ag U. & Conference Pass, then you are attending one day of Eco-Ag University (Tuesday, December 5 OR Wednesday, December 6) plus the main conference (December 6-8). The workshop is chosen upon registration and may not be changed at a later time. You will receive your name badge and other conference materials before your class begins, either Tuesday, December 5 at 8 a.m. or Wednesday, December 6 at 8 a.m. Class begins at 8:30 a.m.

— If you are pre-registered for the Conference & Trade Show only (December 6-8), pick-up your name badge and conference materials after 12 noon on Wednesday, December 6. Signage in the hotel will direct you to the registration and information area.


What parts of the main conference will I miss if I attend an Eco-Ag University (Eco-Ag U.) workshop on Wednesday?

None! The Eco-Ag U. classes on Wednesday, December 6 will conclude at 5 p.m. The first keynote address of the conference is scheduled that evening at 7:30 p.m. Early conference arrivals will get to wander the trade show, but Eco-Ag U. attendees can visit the trade show during the next two days of the conference.


I can only attend one day of Eco-Ag University and not the Conference & Trade Show ─ is there an Eco-Ag U. only pass that I can purchase?

No. The all-day Eco-Ag U. advanced learning courses are only offered as a package with the main conference. We are not able to offer à la carte pricing. These are popular courses with limited class sizes, so they’re only open to conference attendees. From time to time, we may offer similar stand-alone courses or events. Please join our mailing list to be the first to hear about these opportunities.


May I register on-site for Eco-Ag University?

No. Pre-registration is required for all Eco-Ag U. advanced learning workshops. Class size is limited and these sessions always sell out.


I have an exhibitor badge, do I need to register for Eco-Ag University?

Yes. Exhibitor badges are valid for the main conference only, but you may upgrade your badge to include an Eco-Ag U. advanced learning course. Pre-registration is required and these tend to sell out, so please upgrade early. Please contact Mary Battjes at the Acres U.S.A. office, 1-800-355-5313.


Do I need to register to walk around the trade show? When will it be open?

Yes. A conference name badge is required for entrance to the trade show, which will open to registrants on Wednesday, December 6 at 1 p.m. The trade show will be open Thursday and Friday, December 7-8, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are no trade show-only badges.


Will there be books for sale at the conference?

Yes. Acres U.S.A. is bringing our eco-farming bookstore with hundreds of titles. We accept cash, checks and all major credit cards.


What food is available?

Two food vendors serving breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be located at the rear of the trade show. They will be serving food during trade show hours, which opens before the first lecture each day. Be sure to come by for breakfast! Food is also available in the host hotel and at many restaurants and cafes within walking distance.


Can I bring my child?

This is a professional seminar with intensive lectures and is not conducive to very young children. Children may disrupt attendees who have traveled far to learn at this event. People do bring children, however, they must be watched and cared for.


What is the local airport?

The Columbus International Airport (airport code CMH and also known as John Glenn Columbus International Airport) is served by many major airlines, making travel convenient from anywhere in the world. The airport is located just 10 miles from downtown Columbus and the Hyatt Regency Columbus. Please see our "Getting to Columbus" page for detailed travel information.


What if I have to cancel?

Sorry, no refunds.


Eco-Ag University (2-Day Eco-Ag U. or 1-Day Eco-Ag U. passes) cancellations received through Wednesday, November 1, 2017 are entitled to an 80% credit to be applied to Acres U.S.A. subscriptions, books, DVDs, audio CDs or future conference fees. Since Eco-Ag U. classroom sizes are strictly limited and sessions sell out, your cancellation prevents others from attending. Accordingly, no credit is given for late Eco-Ag U. cancellations after Wednesday, November 1, 2017 and no-shows. Your registration can be transferred to someone else’s name if you cannot attend; please contact our office.

Main Conference cancellations received through Monday, November 20, 2017 are entitled to an 80% credit to be applied to Acres U.S.A. subscriptions, books, DVDs, audio CDs or future conference fees. Main Conference cancellations/no-shows received November 21- December 31, 2017 can receive a 50% credit. 



Can I transfer my registration if I can't make it?

Yes. You can transfer your registration before November 27, 2017 by calling Mary Battjes at the Acres U.S.A. office at 1-800-355-5313 or by emailing After November 27, 2017, the transfer will be made on-site at the event. Have that person claim your registration on-site and we'll make a new name badge there.


I have other questions. Who do I ask?

Please call Mary Battjes at the Acres U.S.A. office at 1-800-355-5313 or email



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