Breakout sessions with linked titles have one or more presentations that are available for download from SARE’s Learning Center.
Tuesday, March 25th
Pre-Conference Sessions (optional)
7:30 - 11:30 am: Growing the Organic Research Portfolio: A Look at the Integrated Organic Program (Pre-registration and additional fee required.) Join USDA-CSREES and the Organic Farming Research Foundation to share and discuss the projects, impacts and future of the organic research portfolio, with a special focus on projects funded during the first five years of the IOP program. (Includes Monday night reception starting at 5:30 pm.) For more information on this session see the agenda or contact Dawn Thilmany at (970) 491-7220 or email@example.com.
10:00 - 11:00 am: Niche-Meat Processing (open to all): This National Meat Processing Assistance Network Planning session addresses the nationwide problem of a "processing gap" for niche meats. Help build a national network of experts to support meat processors and those who depend on them. For more information on this session, please contact Arion Thiboumery at (515) 294-2882 or firstname.lastname@example.org
11:00 am - 12:00 pm: The New Farm Bill: Sustainable Agriculture Outcomes and Opportunities: As Congress adopts the new Farm Bill, what's in it for sustainable agriculture? Find out about the major changes for sustainable and organic research, new markets, local food, beginning farmers and ranchers, conservation, renewable energy, and more. Passage of a bill of course is but one step in the policy process - then comes regulations and implementation, not to mention agricultural spending decisions in the annual budget and appropriations process. Learn more about the upcoming implementation and funding process and opportunities for organizational and citizen involvement.
Session I - 2:00 - 3:15 pm
The Next Generation of Leadership
Never before has the American public cared more about how and where its food is produced. But how can we advance sustainable practices to the whole of America agriculture? Advocacy leaders share how to build effective leadership and develop innovative strategies for change.
Special Session- 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Session II - 3:30 - 4:45 pm
• Elizabeth Henderson, Peaceworks Organic Farm, New York