Bringing Back the 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 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 / Networking Arena
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

  1-C Growing Elderberries    Patrick Byers  
  1-D U.S. Sun Solar 
 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 Break Visit with Vendors / Networking Arena
11:45 - 12:00 General Meet in Exhibit Hall    Vendor Introductions Exhibit Hall
12 -1:30 Lunch     Catered Lunch    Visit with Vendors Exhibit 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.

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. 
Black Walnuts  Jennifer Morganthaler, M.S. 
MSU-Mt. Grove Experimental Fruit Station

Jesup Wagon 2.0 
Shon Bishop, Small Farm Specialist, Lincoln University
David Middleton, Farm Outreach Worker, Lincoln University
The Jesup Wagon 2.0 is a modern day re-imagining of Dr. George Washington Carver’s original educational horse drawn wagon. Lincoln Universities Innovative Small Farmers’ Outreach Program (ISFOP) in collaboration with the Webb City Farmers’ Market offer educational workshops throughout the state of Missouri. The Jessup Wagon contains modern day technological advancements to increase efficiency on farm and highlights ergonomic tools available to today’s farmers to reduce the risk of injury.  This educational wagon contains season extension technologies for fruit and vegetable producers, irrigation equipment, ergonomic hand tools, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for farmers when applying pesticides on farm.
2:45 -
Break         Visit with Vendors / Networking Arena
3:15-4:30   1-3A Teddy Gentry Theater
 Beginning Farmer Certification Program Part 3  Jamie Gundel
Looking at the Opportunities
Produce (greenhouse and high tunnels) Meats, Value Added Products, Honey and Bee Products, Ornamental Plants
Introduction to Hydroponics   
Jennifer Morganthaler, M.S.     MSU - Mt. Grove Experimental Fruit Station
Craig Jennings, Greenhouse Manager, MSU-West Plains
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.C
 Growing Cut Flowers    Marilyn Odneal

  1-3E TBD 
 4:40 - 5:00 General
 Wrap up with Teddy
Evaluations and Door Prizes
6:00 - 7:30 General
 Meet and Greet with Speakers and Fellowship/Networking
Missouri State University. Lybyer Bldg, Room 103