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Volunteer Opportunities at the Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show

Want to attend the Acres U.S.A. Conference for the best price ever . . . free?! We have a limited number of volunteer positions available. In exchange for a couple of short shifts (which allow you plenty of time to take part in the conference), we will waive the conference admission fee.

Our 2017 conference will be held Tuesday, December 5 through Friday, December 8 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

Volunteer shifts begin Monday afternoon and run through Friday evening (no shifts needed on Tuesday), and we have already started scheduling shifts.

Please note: Your free admission is not guaranteed until shifts are assigned. The work-study program covers admission to the 2-1/2-day main conference, December 6-8. It does not include the Eco-Ag U advanced learning seminars, Dec. 5-6.

Acres U.S.A. will waive your registration fee for the 2-1/2-day conference in exchange for about 6 hours of volunteer work. Your volunteer name badge, which will be waiting for you at the conference, is your admission ticket to the lectures, keynote addresses, trade show, workshops and movie screenings when you are off shift. Each volunteer will work 2-, 3- or 4-hour shifts between Monday and Friday.


  • The Monday afternoon shift involves stuffing registration bags.
  • The Wednesday shifts involving event prepping and door monitoring.
  • Thursday and Friday, the shifts involve checking badges at lecture hall/trade show entrances and monitoring the rooms.
  • The Friday evening shift also requires heavy lifting (50+ pounds) as we pack our bookstore.

Detailed instructions will follow once shifts are assigned. We rely heavily on your help to make this conference a success, and we thank you in advance for your assistance.

Visit our website,, for conference details. Volunteer shifts are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please complete the form below and contact Mary Battjes ( with questions.

We look forward to seeing you in Columbus!

  • Let us know if morning, afternoon or evening is preferred, or if you could only arrive by a certain time in the morning.

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