2017 CONFERENCE

Join us for a conference sharing instruction on how to contribute to your regional food supply using whatever land resources are available to you. ​Whether that's a backyard garden area or 100 acres, get the information you need to start producing local foods your way.​

Learn low-input cost farming with hands-on instruction. Topics include low-tunnel farming for year-round production, no-till organic farming to improve soil and plant health, and livestock grading, butchering and cutting meat. Demonstrations will be provided for how to use small-farming equipment.


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2017

 7:30 AM-8:30 AM
 Registration Open

 Vendors Theater Entrance
 8:30 AM-9:00 AM Welcoming Remarks

 THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
 Sponsor Slides: 
http://bit.ly/2ntI6cD

 Dr. Drew Bennett
 MSU-WP Chancellor

 Jack Pahlmann
 Mayor, City of West
 Plains


 Patrice Jennings
 Ozark Farmers

 Theater
 9:00 AM-10:00 AM No-Till Beds Presentation

 Presentation: http://bit.ly/2n7CKTr

 Patrice Gros
 Foundation Farm
 
 Theater
 10:00 AM-10:30 AM Drip Irrigation Presentation

 No Presentation Available

 Norman Kilmer
 Morgan County Seed

 Theater
 10:30 AM-10:45 AM Break

 Vendors Exhibit Hall & Arena
 10:45 AM-11:45 AM High-tunnels & Row Covers and 
 Drip Irrigation Demonstrations


 Patrice Gros
 Foundation Farm

 Norman Kilmer
 Morgan County Seed

 WPCC Lawn
 11:45 AM-12:00 PM Break

 Vendors Exhibit Hall & Arena
 12:00 PM-1:30 PM Lunch - Keynote Speaker Presentation

 Low-equipment Investment Farming
 Tools most definitely make toil more  efficient, which leads to increased revenues  at a certain scale, however you don’t need  everything they say you need to get started  in small-scale production agriculture. In  this session, we’ll consider some new and  new/old approaches to substituting labor,  animals and low-cost hand tools for  expensive equipment to get your business  off the ground.

 Presentation: http://bit.ly/2mmFDRI

 Hank Will
 Editing Director
 Mother Earth News & 

 GRIT Magazines

 SCCC Catering

 Exhibit Hall
 1:30 PM-2:30 PM Ask the Growers Panel

 
No Presentation Available
 Patrick Buyers 
 Patrice Gros
 Craig Jennings
 Norman Kilmer


 Theater
 2:30 PM-3:30 PM What's Your Beef? Presentation
 How to Determine Feeder Cattle  Grades -
 The difference in USDA  Slaughter vs.
 USDA Beef Carcass and  the difference in
 value.
 

 Presentation: http://bit.ly/2nXqa6M

 Dan Hill
 AMS Livestock,  Poultry & Grain  Market News Division
 Theater
 3:30 PM-3:45 PM Break

 Vendors Exhibit Hall & Arena
 3:45 PM-4:45 PM Cont: What's Your Beef? Presentation
 How to Determine Feeder Cattle  Grades - 
 The difference in USDA  Slaughter vs. 
 USDA Beef Carcass and  the difference in 
 value.
 
 
 Presentation: http://bit.ly/2ntFkV7

 Dan Hill
 AMS Livestock,  Poultry & Grain  Market News Division
 Theater
 4:45 PM-5:00 PM Evaluation and Door-prizes

 THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
 Sponsor Slides: http://bit.ly/2ntI6cD

 Patrice Jennings
 Ozark Farmers

 Theater
 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Meet & Greet Welcome Reception 
 http://bit.ly/2lK5rWz
 Meet the Speakers
 
 Wages Brewing Co.
 1382 Bill Virdon Blvd.
 West Plains, MO 65775


THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017

 7:30 AM-8:30 AM
 Registration Open

 Vendors Theater Entrance
 8:30 AM-9:00 AM Welcoming Remarks

 THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
 Sponsor Slides: http://bit.ly/2ntI6cD
 Patrice Jennings
 Ozark Farmers
 Hank Will
 Editing Director  Mother Earth News &  GRIT Magazines

 Theater
 9:00 AM-9:45 AM Basic High-tunnels Presentation

 
Presentation: http://bit.ly/2n1N3aa

 Norman Kilmer
 Morgan County Seed
 
 Theater
 9:45 AM-10:30 AM Intermediate High-tunnels
 Presentation
 
 
Presentation: http://bit.ly/2ntELKM

 Norman Kilmer
 Morgan County Seed

 Theater
 10:30 AM-10:45 AM Break

 Vendors Exhibit Hall & Arena
 10:45 AM-11:45 AM Winter Food Production Under
 Un-heated Tunnels Presentation

 Suitable crops, cultivation techniques and
 crop planting

 
Presentation: http://bit.ly/2nfOuUD

 Patrice Gros
 Foundation Farm
 Theater
 11:45 AM-12:30 PM Break

 Vendors Exhibit Hall & Arena
 12:30 PM-1:30 PM Lunch - Keynote Speaker Presentation

 Presentation: http://bit.ly/2mO09qy
 Patrick Byers
 Agricultural Business
 Development

 MU Extension
 SCCC Catering

 Exhibit Hall
 1:30 PM-2:30 PM Soil Nutrition Seminar

 
Presentation: http://bit.ly/2mmzzII
 Touria Eaton
 Cooperative Extension
 Lincoln University of
 Missouri
 
 
 Theater
 2:30 PM-3:30 PM Do Ewe Know Where Your Goat Is? 
 Presentation
 Assessing Grades on Sheep & Goats and 
 its effects on value.
 
 
Presentation: http://bit.ly/2nLGBnL

 Charlie Potts
 AMS Livestock,  Poultry & Grain  Market News Division
 Theater
 3:30 PM-3:45 PM Break

 Vendors Exhibit Hall & Arena
 3:45 PM-4:45 PM Butchering Farm Animals and Meat
 Cutting Seminar 

 Video: Pork Demonstration
 https://youtu.be/vOZtL2lH90k

 Video: Beef Demonstration
 https://youtu.be/n3xacSDvmkk

 Sheila Long
 Cabool Kountry Meats
 Theater
 4:45 PM-5:00 PM Evaluation and Door-prizes

 THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
 Sponsor Slides: http://bit.ly/2ntI6cD

 Patrice Jennings
 Ozark Farmers

 Theater