FARM TO FORK 2024

6th ANNUAL SUMMIT & EXPO

February 23, 2024 in Nevada, Missouri

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2024 AGENDA

9:00 a.m.

Welcome

Jackson Tough, Emcee

9:15 a.m.

Announcement

Greater Kansas City Regional Food System Plan
Andrea Clark, KC Healthy Kids

9:30 a.m.

Keynote Address

TITLE:  The Joyful Drought Resilient Farm
SPEAKER:  Dr. Elizabeth Heilman, Regenerative Wisdom LLC
Happiness is one of the most important and least recognized parts of building a farm that can withstand weather extremes and, in the process, generate cost savings and new market options. Farm to Fork 2024’s keynote speaker Dr. Elizabeth Heilman helps farms and ranches realize the personal and business satisfaction that resilient agriculture principles and practices promise. She is a professor in the School of Education at Wichita State University and a member of the Regenerative Wisdom consulting group led by The Drought Resilient Farm author Dale Strickler. Mr. Strickler will offer a drought resilient farm session at Farm to Fork. Dr. Heilman will kick us off with a close look at the assumptions and beliefs we must understand to consider and implement change.

10:30 a.m.

Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Morning Breakout Sessions

TRACK:

On-farm
Conservation
Practices

TITLE:  Drought-Resilient Farming
SPEAKER:  Dale Strickler
Embark on a transformative journey into the world of drought-resilient farming with agricultural expert, Dale Strickler. Dale will offer insights into strategies that empower farmers to not only survive but thrive in arid conditions. This presentation is designed for farmers seeking sustainable and resilient solutions in the face of drought. Join in and learn how to cultivate a future-proof farm.

TRACK:

Connecting
with Customers

TITLE:  Farm to School in Nevada, MO
SPEAKER:  Dana Redburn, Healthy Nevada
Learn about efforts right here in Nevada and Vernon County, MO, to build local food into school meals and education. Dana Redburn will explain the Healthy Nevada farm to school program; how it started and where it is headed. She will discuss working with farmers and other partners. Discover how you can get involved or how you can connect with a farm to school program near you.

TRACK:

Outlets for Local
Farm Products

TITLE:  Supplying grocery demand
SPEAKERS:  Erica Blair, Rural Grocery Initiative and Chelsea Davis, Root Cellar
Learn about best practices for increasing local food offerings at grocery stores. Erica Blair with Kansas State University’s Rural Grocery Initiative will share innovative local sourcing models from across the country. Chelsea Davis, owner of Root Cellar in Columbia, Missouri, will share firsthand experience as a farmer and grocer selling locally grown food from 80+ producers.

TRACK:

Food and Farm
Business Development

TITLE:  Marketing Your Farm
SPEAKER:  Anthony Jones, Agzaga.com
This session is tailored to equip you with strategies to maximize your farm’s visibility and profitability. It is designed for farmers, agribusiness professionals, and anyone interested in the intersection of agriculture and marketing. Walk away with actionable insights and practical tips to elevate your farm’s marketing game in today’s competitive market. 

12:00 p.m.

Lunch

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

TRACK:

On-farm
Conservation
Practices

TITLE:  Funding and support for conservation practices
SPEAKER:  Kelly Wilson, Univ. of Missouri Center for Regenerative Agriculture
Now that you are interested in using conservation practices on your farm, how do you start? Today, there are many services and resources out there to help you get going! This session will provide an overview of different financial and technical assistance programs available in Missouri aimed at helping farmers implement conservation practices.

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Connecting
with Customers

TITLE:  Win grants with customer- and community-driven design
SPEAKERS:  Dale Strickler, Elizabeth Heilman
Gain valuable insights for funding sustainable agriculture, community-driven projects, or technological innovations. This session provides a unique platform for attendees to actively participate in discussions, share experiences, and form connections that extend beyond the session. Join us to learn about grant opportunities and the customer- and community-driven designs that win.

TRACK:

Outlets for Local
Farm Products

TITLE:  Selling to Schools and Early Child Care
SPEAKERS:  Alexis Jose, Missouri Department of Agriculture;
Lisa Lauer, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services;
This informative breakout session explores strategies, challenges, and successes in the realm of wholesale distribution to schools and early childhood education facilities (ECE). It is tailored to farmers, producers, and entrepreneurs. Join us for an engaging discussion on how local businesses can play a pivotal role in shaping healthier, more sustainable food environments for schools and beyond.

TRACK:

Food and Farm
Business Development

TITLE:  Business Development Resources
SPEAKERS:  Jaclyn Carroll, New Growth Food Systems Program;
Bill McKelvey
, University of Missouri Extension
Amie Breshears, Missouri Agriculture, Food and Forestry Innovation Center
Across Missouri and the “Heartland” Midwest region, organizations are teaming up to build a more comprehensive and robust support system for small and mid-size food and farm businesses serving local and regional markets. Learn what this team can do for you, including assistance in preparing applications for upcoming business-building grant opportunities.

2:30 p.m.

Break

2:45 p.m.

Seed Saving
Demonstration

TITLE:  The “Why” and “How” of Seed Saving 
PRESENTER:  Nancy Kost, The Buffalo Seed Company
Whether you have a backyard garden, community plot, or farm, this informative and inspiring session will empower you to become a steward of agricultural biodiversity. Sow the seeds of knowledge and contribute to the resilience of our food systems through the time-honored practice of seed saving. The Buffalo Seed Company presentation will focus on the benefits of seed saving for a more sustainable food system. Nancy Kost will demonstrate how to clean various kinds of seeds (wet seeds, dry harvest seeds and small seeds).

3:45 p.m.

Closing Comments

4:00 p.m.

Adjourn

Join us February 23 in Nevada, MO, for west central Missouri’s sixth-annual local foods get-together, the 2024 Farm to Fork Summit and Expo!

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