Sessions

Sessions

Sessions

A Midwest Homecoming Conference

Dozens of individual presentation materials—from farmers and ranchers, educators, researchers, and others—are available from the conference's five breakout sessions.

Held August 15-17, 2006 in Oconomowoc, Wisc.

Advanced Marketing

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Individual presentations on pasture-raised meats, risk management and planning, rancher mentoring, and farm credit.

Biodiesel on the Farm

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

What's working, what's not, and what's needed for closer-to-home biodiesel production. Includes a discussion of waste vegetable oil, bio-diesel crops, processing of oilseed as feedstocks and federal and state financial incentives. 

Building Partnerships

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Individual presentations on the future of farming, value-added enterprises, and organic education and partnerships for ag professionals.

CSP on the Ground: Lessons Learned from Iowa, Montana and Wisconsin

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Discuss a model approach to implementing the Conservation Security Program in three states.

Direct-Market Successes I

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Individual presentations on eco-labeling, value-added, on-farm processing, and developing local markets for specialty products.

Direct-Market Successes II

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Individual presentations on culinary herb markets, diversifying with aquaculture, high-end beef marketing, and specialty fruit production.

Direct-Market Successes III

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Individual presentations on farmers markets, direct sales, diversification and agri-tourism, and media promotion.

Direct-Market Successes IV

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Individual presentations on farm-to-school marketing, green tourism, locally grown foods and CSAs.

Farm Beginnings

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Hear success stories from this program designed to help beginning and transitioning farmers with goal setting, business planning and hands-on farm experience. 

Green Payments: A New Vision for the Farm Bill

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

The 2007 Farm Bill offers an opportunity to shift farm policy toward rewarding sustainable agriculture. This roundtable discussion will center around rewarding farmers for their conservation outcomes. 

Growing Tomorrow's Trainers

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

A roundtable discussion about how to start and maintain student-run sustainable farms and gardens. Includes successful strategies for students to transfer knowledge in different parts of the United States.

Healthy Issues

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Individual presentations on marketing pasture-raised beef, health insurance rebates for CSA participation and indigenous seed saving.

Innovative Livestock Systems I

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Individual presentations on poultry breeding, meat goat production and small-scale pastured poultry.

Innovative Livestock Systems II

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Individual presentations on livestock mentoring, silvopasture for hogs and hair sheep networking.

Innovative Livestock Systems III

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Individual presentations on sustainable dairy programs, renovating pasture and hayfields, beef grazing systems and erosion, and winter grazing.

Iowa Produce Market Potential Calculator

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

The calculator compares what Iowans eat to the 37 fruits and vegetables Iowa farmers produce and figures farm revenues if the local markets were fully realized. Learn how to use the calculator as a market forecasting tool. 

Maintaining Diversity in Agriculture I

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Individual presentations on community gardening, young farmers and technology in agriculture education.

Maintaining Diversity in Agriculture II

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Individual presentations on beginning urban agriculture, issues facing Spanish-speaking producers, cultural awareness for educators and services for female farmers.

Missouri Grazing Schools

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Learn how to design and manage intensive grazing systems like the more than 11,000 farmers who have attended this three-day grazing school. Courses cover soils, plant growth and development, nutrition, animal behavior, water availability, fencing, design and layout for management-intensive grazing. 

Organic Agriculture's Conservation Focus

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

This workshop highlights sources of research, extension and farmer-based information for organic production, particularly its conservation and environmental benefits. Learn examples of cross compliance between certified organic production systems and conservation management practices. 

Reducing and Producing Farm Energy: Success Stories

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Learn about whole-farm energy solutions and creating energy through wind generation and anaerobic digesters. This session will also cover reducing farm energy and improving efficiency.

Renewable Energy

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Individual presentations on an overview of renewable energy, the potential for on-farm energy production, USDA energy initiatives, and renewable energy and rural development.

Saving Heritage Turkeys

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Learn how a group saved heritage turkeys, once on the brink of extinction, perpetuating a profitable enterprise for range poultry farmers. 

Seed Corn Production: Traditional, Non-Traditional and Hybrid Varieties

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Consider seed corn production as a value added and socially meaningful enterprise that expands markets for organically grown seed and food corn. With a focus on saving and breeding traditional varieties, management. 

Strategies for Reaching Diverse Audiences

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Learn about the critical issues to maintain diversity in agriculture and discuss efforts to raise awareness by reaching minority-serving organizations. 

Sustainable Apple Production

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Learn about growing apples using methods that will reduce off-farm inputs for pest management, expand market access and increase access to federal conservation programs.

Sustainable Crop Production

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Individual presentations on sustainable potato production, integrated vegetable systems, organic farmer networks and pesticide reduction.

The Farm Bill: Past, Present and Future

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Discuss historically important federal agricultural policy, development and content of farm bills, conservation and environmental programs and analyze prospects for sustainable agriculture provisions in the next Farm Bill.

Uncommon Fruits with Market Potential

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Learn about producing pawpaw, juneberry, hardy kiwifruit, gooseberry and lingonberry - uncommon fruits with unique flavors - that can be grown with little or no pest management. Consider the potential for ethnic and organic markets. 

Building Soils for Better Crops, 3rd Edition

Sustainable Soil Management

Type: Book

Building Soils for Better Crops is a one-of-a-kind, practical guide to ecological soil management, now expanded and in full color.

PDF Icon Download File (6.76 MB)
 | 
Print Version:
$20.95