American Small Farm Conference


 Time          Session     Description Location
8:00 - 8:20 General 
Opening Remarks
Mayor Jack Pahlmann
Chancellor Dr. Shirley Lawler
Dr. Linda Wulff-Risner, Associate Professor of Agriculture

8:20 - 9:30 General
Teddy Gentry, Keynote
Teddy Gentry will be discussing the adaptability of livestock/crops to the environment.  This practice is important to both livestock and horticulture/crop producers.  The environment dictates what crops or livestock we use.  There is no way that we can change the environment.  We must work with mother nature instead of against her. 
9:30 - 10:00 Break        Visit with Vendors / NetworkingArena
10:00 - 11:15 1-A    
Teddy Gentry
Fitting Livestock to their Environment
Beginning Farmer Certification Program Part 1                                                       Dr. Amy Patillo, Labor and Workforce Development Field Specialist, Springfield Botanical Gardens Farming - The First Steps

The 4 P’s – purpose, plan, product, people

Inventory your resources, the business plan, build skills through education and training, set up your business finance, your business access to land and capital, risk management, ag suitability site

Redbud 1
Growing Vegetables    Curtis Milsap, Milsap Farms
Do you want to grow vegetables on a small acreage, grossing as much as $80,000 per acre?  Curtis will share from his 12 years of vegetable growing, including some lessons learned the hard way, and insight into how to choose tools and crops that will support your income and  lifestyle goals. 

Dogwood 1
Sun Solar   Ted Keller 
The solar industry continues to grow in Missouri, the U.S. and the world!  Ted Keller, formally a television meteorologist for 30 years in the Ozarks, has put together well over 100 solar energy systems in the Ozarks.  He will be explaining why solar is so popular, how solar energy works and why someone should consider going solar.

Dogwood  3
Homesteading 101       Wendi Lombardi
A homesteader for 10 years, Wendy has valuable insight to pass along. Everything from rendering lard and making soap, to growing and preserving 90% of her family’s food.  Learn what it takes to be a successful homesteader – planning, production, and home-schooling children in the mix of it all!
11:15 -1145 BreakVisit with Vendors / NetworkingArena
11:45 - 12:00 GeneralMeet in Exhibit Hall    Vendor IntroductionsExhibit Hall
12 -1:30 Lunch    Catered Lunch    Visit with VendorsExhibit Hall
Teddy Gentry
Utilizing Cross Breeding to Improve Profitability
Beginning Farmer Certification Program  Part 2      Patrick Byers
Farming - Marketing is Key

Direct marketing – farmers markets, on farm, PYO, CSA, internet.  Wholesale marketing – schools, institutions, grocery stores, produce auction, restaurants, value added products.

Redbud 1
High Tunnel Introduction  Norm Kilmer, Morgan County Seeds
Help to make a wise choice in purchasing a tunnel, props to demonstrate different types of tunnels and what to grow in your new tunnel. 
Dogwood 1
Growing for a Cut Flower Business in the Ozarks    Kimby Decker, Milsap Farms
Five years ago Millsap Farm grew flowers for the bees and butterflies, now customers enjoy our blooms as well with flowers being our number one seller at farmers market for the last two years. I will discuss how to start incorporating flowers into your farm, what to grow, ideas for marketing and stories of personal experiences growing flowers in the Ozarks.
Getting Started Keeping Bees     Dan Barton
What you need, How to set up, and Getting Your Bees!  
Dogwood 3
2:45 -
Break        Visit with Vendors / NetworkingArena
3:15-4:30   1-3A
Teddy Gentry/Drexel Atkinson, NRCS, Soil Health Specialist
Rainfall Simulator  
A demonstration of infiltration. What makes it work and why its important. 

Exhibit   Hall
Beginning Farmer Certification Program Part 3  Jamie Gundel, Agronomy Specialist
Looking at the Opportunities
Produce (greenhouse and high tunnels) Meats, Value Added Products, Honey and Bee Products, Ornamental Plants
Redbud 1
Introduction to Hydroponics   
Jennifer Morganthaler, M.S.     Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station
Craig Jennings, MSU-West Plains, Greenhouse Manager
Introduction to Hydroponics will discuss the history of hydroponics, the advantages and disadvantages.  Basics needed to start a system will be covered as well as the different types of growing systems. A closer look at the growing substrates, supplemental lighting and nutrients as well as how nutrients are prepared and managed.  General information on how to get started with lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers will also be covered.
Dogwood 1
Growing Raspberries and Blueberries  Marilyn Odneal,  Darr College of Agriculture 
Clinical Instructor and Vineyard Manager    Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station

This presentation will cover growing raspberries and blueberries in the Ozarks on the farm for local sales.

Making Beeswax Candles and Lotion Bars       Corinne Collins. Corinne's Honey Farm
100% Beeswax Candles
The wick is the heart and soul of a candle.  It’s what makes a candle, a candle.
Corinne will be teaching you the basic steps on how to make a Beautiful 100% Beeswax Candle.
Lotion Bars
Solid lotion bars are an anhydrous blend of butters, oils, and waxes, not emulsified products that contain water. This blend will yield a bar that is convenient, portable, and mess free. The warmth of your skin will soften the lotion bar to glide on smoothly.
Corinne will be teaching you how to make Solid Lotion Bars using all natural ingredients
Dogwood 3
 4:40 - 5:00 General
Wrap up with Teddy
Evaluations and Door Prizes
Exhibit Hall
6:00 - 7:30 General
Meet and Greet with Speakers and Fellowship/Networking
Missouri State University. 605 West Main St, West Plains
Lybyer Bldg, Room 103