Nearly 300 professionals from across the country who work to support farm businesses will convene in Red Wing, Minnesota on October 22-24 for the fourth annual National Farm Viability Conference, a three-day gathering hosted by nonprofit Renewing the Countryside. This is the first time the conference is being held outside of the East Coast.
Workshops and tours will address topics such as farm and food business planning, agricultural financing, farmland conservation, agricultural market development, strengthening farm sustainability, building more resilient local food systems and supporting the long term profitability of farming and agri-entrepreneurs, from start-ups to generational businesses. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and learn from industry leaders and other professionals in their fields, develop new knowledge and skills, and tour nearby farms and value-added processing facilities.
Plenary speakers will include Fred Kirschenmann of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Iowa, Tera Johnson from the Food Finance Institute in Wisconsin, Sara Lloyd of the Wisconsin Farmers Union, Rodrigo Cala of Cala Farm in Minnesota, Bev Durgan from University of Minnesota Extension, Monica Rainge of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives in Georgia and Sai Thao of Compeer Financial, among others.
For more information about the Upper Midwest Farmland Summit, visit www.renewingthecountryside.org/farmlandsummit. For livestreamed content from the conference, visit National-Farm-Viability-Conference on Facebook.