Bringing Back the American Small Farm 

A Two-Day Regional Conference

March 19 & 20, 2019 | West Plains, Missouri

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.​

Ticket Price Includes Catered Lunch Both Days

Active Military, Veterans, and Students with valid ID save $30 per ticket

Check-in begins March 19 at 7 am. Conference 8 am to 5 pm both days.

Parent Hospitality Room (cry room) will be available.



Featured Speakers


Teddy Gentry
bass player for the legendary country music group ALABAMA, developed his own breed of cattle (South Poll) in 1989 at Bent Tree Farms near Fort Payne, AL. Read More.





Ellen Polishuk
 co-author of the newly released book Start Your Farm and writer for Growing For Market magazine. Read More.




Along with:

  • Patrick Byers, Regional Horticulture Specialist will speak about programs that assist farmers. 
  • Mark L Kennedy owns Kennedy Grassland Services, LLC and has contracted with the MFGC/GLCI to teach at grazing schools, assist with forage conferences, and more. 
  • Marilyn Odneal M.S., researching raspberries as a high tunnel crop and has worked on research projects involving berry crops. 
  • Dan Barton brings over 20 years of beekeeping to the table with a passion for seeing new beekeepers become successful.
  • Wendi Lombardi is an organic farmer with a military background.
  • Bob Semyck is the owner and operator of Willow Mountain Mushrooms.
  • Kimby Decker is a farm manager at Millsap Farm where they raise cut flowers to sell.
  • Richard Temple, Wildlife Ecologist, works for the Missouri Department of Conservation as a Private Land Conservationist.
  • Curtis Milsap, Small farm owner and operator in rural Missouri brings knowledge and experiences. 
  • Greg Brownowner the Lucky Falling Star Ranch and parts manager for Hirsch Feed & Farm Supply in West Plains, MO.
  • Drexel Atkisson, Soil Health Specialist