Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

The New American Farm Conference

Groundbreaking advancements were presented and emerging opportunities were explored in 40 breakout sessions. This section includes all available speaker presentations from those sessions.

Adding Value to What You Grow

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

Sheep into wool. Wheat into flour. Poop into “peat pots”! Interested in turning crops or livestock into a profitable product for sale? Farmers and ranchers across the country are transforming what they grow and raise into marketable items. But it’s not as easy as it looks. Learn from three who have first-hand experience with success and bumps in the road.

Agritourism: Bringing Tourists to the Farm

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

From dude ranching to bed and breakfasts, agritourism is one of the fastest growing tourism sectors and has helped revitalize rural communities all over the U.S. and Europe. It’s also an opportunity to educate a public increasingly interested in how and where their food is produced. Learn the do’s and don’ts from one expert who helped put her county on the tourist map, and from researchers about how best to position rural communities for tourism.

Apples and Winegrapes: Integrated Farming Practices

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

Two experts share state-of-the-art strategies and latest research in biological controls for managing wine grape and apple pests. Hear about the “positive point system” that a group of California wine growers has adopted to measure continuous improvement.

Beekeeping: Controlling Pests Sustainably

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

We’ve heard about the decline of honey bees. Mites and other hive pests might be contributing to the problem. New research and on-the-ground strategies are controlling pests using natural, sustainable methods.

Brew Your Own Biofuel

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

Curious about how to make your own fuel to cut costs and save energy? Farmer and researcher pioneers talk about best blends, production strategies, financial considerations and do’s and don’ts of producing biofuel for on- and off-farm use.

Civic Agriculture: Prosperous Communities Through Quality Agriculture

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

How do we grow communities with our natural, local assets? These experts talk about rural development that begins with community-based organizations, local entrepreneurship and farm and ranch businesses that build communities.

Communicating to the Wider World

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

Sometimes we just talk to ourselves. How do we talk to others in agriculture about sustainable practices and innovations? Compelling and creative communication is a top priority if we are to advance sustainability to all corners of the country. Cutting-edge researchers are uncovering new ways to reach out.

Cover Crops and Conservation Tillage

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

Cover cropping and reduced tillage are core tenets of sustainable farming. Learn from one of No-Till Farmer magazine’s “No-Till” Innovator award winners—plus latest research about creative strategies for these important sustainable ag techniques.

Cultural Weed Management Practices

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

What’s the latest in non-chemical weed management strategies? This session talks about cropping systems, tillage practices and other, new “eco-weed” and IPM techniques that control nuisance plants naturally.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation on the Farm

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

As energy prices rise, fuel-related costs claim an ever-bigger portion of farm budgets. Learn how farm energy experts, producers and NGOs can work together to manage and improve energy efficiency.

Farmer-to-Farmer Networking and Mentoring

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

So often we labor alone in our fields. How do we connect with other farmers to share knowledge and experiences? How can we keep our local networks vibrant? Two local leaders share how to get networks started and keep them going by getting the word out.

Farming for Pollinators

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

With honey bees threatened, researchers are looking for long-term solutions. Hear the latest research and learn how to encourage a diverse array of pollinators by planting native species, reducing pesticide use, arranging crops and borders, and other “farmscaping” techniques.

Farms to Schools (and Other Institutions)

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

A farm-to-school expert describes how to get off on the right foot when marketing to schools, while a staff member of the New North Florida Cooperative talks about how the cooperative marketed to a larger institution, the Department of Defense’s Food Service Program.

Fight Crop Disease: Soil Amendments and Biofumigation

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

Effectively control disease through soil amendments and new biofumigation techniques using natural materials such as mustard and other brassicas. Hear the latest research and firsthand experience.

Food, Culture and Communities

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

Many American cultures are losing their traditions of healthy foods. Hear about an initiative that connects good food with urban communities and high-risk youth, and another that bring nutritious, traditional foods, like “kneel-down bread”, back to Navajo communities.

Getting Cooperative

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

New, diverse product marketing cooperatives are proving to be profitable venues for farmers with a bounty to sell. Hear the successes and cautionary tales about how best to band together for better marketing of sustainably produced products.

Goats and Sheep: Keeping Ahead of the Parasites

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

Hear about sustainable small ruminant sustainable production techniques, such as the FAMACHA, which “scores” eyelid color for anemia and parasite control and is an important indicator of herd health. One producer shares her experience with selecting sheep for parasite resistance.

Grow Your State Program

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

Learn how two states have built support for exemplary research and extension programs, and make your voice heard in this strategizing session. Help SARE steer a course in building vibrant state research, education and extension programs across the country.

Help Strategize: Chart SARE’s Role in Organic

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

Where do we go from here? Share your opinions during this strategizing session, and help SARE steer its most effective course in a growing portfolio of grant-making programs advancing organic agriculture.

Helping Entrepreneurs: Tools and Techniques

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

Many farmers are thinking about starting a farm- or ranch-based venture, but need more entrepreneurial skills. Come hear about a range of tools that ag educators can use to help would-be entrepreneurs develop successful agriculture-based businesses.

Innovative Greenhouse Design: Extend Your Season!

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

Learn how to combine renewable energy and innovative greenhouse design and siting to grow new, lucrative crops and extend your growing season. Two hands-on experts share their experiences and strategies.

Keeping a Farm a Farm

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

One of the best ways to protect farmland is ensuring it stays a farm. That means bringing in new farmers, and helping pass farmland on to future generations. Three experts share their experience in training and helping new and old farmers and ranchers keep the farm in the family.

Management Intensive Grazing (Dairy)

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

Cows have legs. MIG lets them use them – in a way that protects the land and water and cuts feeding costs. Controlled grazing is catching on, putting the fun back in dairy farming and bringing back the next generation of dairy farmers.

Meat Marketing

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

A local Kansas expert shares how to beef up your beef business with her work developing and trademarking an all natural-branded meat product line called “Good Natured Family Farms” (It’s featured on the Local Chefs tour!). A researcher shares how to tap niche meat markets.

No-Till and Organic

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

No longer are no-till and organic at odds. New research efforts are developing no-till organic vegetable and field crops systems that are saving farmers tons of soil and reducing weed control costs.

Organic 101: Soil Management

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

Feed the soil, not the plants. Although elementary, implementing this first tenet of organic ag takes creative strategies and training. Learn soil-building field techniques and training tactics from trainers, farmers and biologists.

Prescribed/Riparian-Friendly Grazing (Range)

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

How do you get the most out of cattle grazing? Don’t just turn cattle loose, but manage them using practices that help protect waterways or control noxious weeds. Learn from ranchers and on-the-ground collaborative research by the California Cattle Association, U.S. Forest Service, California Farm Bureau and others.

Success with Renewable Energy

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

Solar power distills orchard waste fruit into clean-burning, high-octane fuel to power farm equipment. Recycled solar panels heat a new greenhouse, extending a short growing season and cutting fossil fuel bills. Two innovative farmers share their experiences with affordable renewable energy systems.

Systems Research in Action

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

In Texas, researchers used systems thinking to find ways to boost productivity, reduce fuel costs and protect declining water supplies in the arid panhandle. In California, researchers have compared the complex ecological and economic consequences of conventional and non-conventional farming systems.

Taking your CSA to the Next Generation

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

What are the best ways to get started with CSAs and make them work? CSA pioneer Elizabeth Henderson, author of Sharing the Harvest, will share her bounty of knowledge, experience and advice.

Tapping Organic Markets-Local to Global

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

By some estimates, retail sales of organic foods are expected to exceed more than $32 billion by 2009. As this market explodes, what are local options for farmers? Navigating the world of organic sales isn’t always easy for farmers and ranchers. Learn the latest market analysis, and how to think globally while marketing locally.

Trees and Farms: Agroforestry

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

Forests provide many benefits for agriculture: windbreaks, wildlife, extra income from forest products, stream protection and more. Learn about different agroforestry techniques and how an experienced shitake mushroom/medicinal herb producer is farming profitably in forests and integrating trees into farmscapes.

“Farmscaping” to Manage Insects

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

Thought of looking at your farm from an insect’s point of view? Find out how to control insect pests by arranging fields, forests and borders into an insect-managing “farmscape” that helps grow healthier, more productive crops.

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.

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