AGENDA

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Check out our exciting speakers, presentation topics, preconference events and breakout sessions by downloading our COMPREHENSIVE agenda. (Below is an OVERVIEW of the agenda.)

* PLEASE NOTE: New to the conference this year are concurrent breakout sessions. Attendees may choose between two topics at any given time. Be sure to view the COMPREHENSIVE agenda above for speaker names and full presentation titles.


MARCH 3 — Preconference Workshops

8:30 – 5:00 Holistic Management and Improved Decision Making with Phil Metzger, Holistic Management International

What are the questions you need answers to when making farming decisions, and who should be involved in the discussion? Learn to manage toward profitability, land health and social well-being.

1:00 – 5:00 Hydroponics for Vegetable Production with Jeff Werner, Watanuska LLC, Arth Brown III, North Slope Borough School District, Eric Cook, and Jason Hoke, Copper River Economic Development Corp.

Learn about hydroponic systems for growing fresh produce year-round.


MARCH 4 — Conference Day 1

*All sessions in the Westmark Gold Room unless otherwise noted.

7:30 – 8:15 Registration

8:15 – 8:30 Welcome, Steve Seefeldt,UAF Cooperative Extension Service, and Franci Havemeister, director, Alaska Division of Agriculture

8:30 – 9:30 I'm In It for the Money! And Other Reasons We Farm, Phil Metzger, Holistic Management International

9:30 – 10:00 Developing and Utilizing Enterprise Bugets for Profitable Farm Management, Gina Greenway, College of Idaho Department of Business and Accounting

10:00 – 10:30 Break ~ network and visit exhibits

10:30 – 12:00 * Livestock Session, Gold Room West

10:30 – 12:00 * Fruit Growers Session, Gold Room East

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch, served on site

1:00 – 3:00 * Livestock Session, Gold Room West

1:00 – 3:00 * Vegetable Growers Session, Gold Room East

3:00 – 3:30 Break ~ network and visit exhibits

3:30 – 5:00 * Livestock Session, Gold Room West

3:30 – 5:00 * Sustainable Farm Practices Session, Gold Room East


MARCH 5 — Conference Day 2

*All sessions in the Westmark Gold Room unless otherwise noted.

7:30 – 8:30 Registration

8:30 – 10:00 * Sustainable Practices Session, Gold Room West

8:30 – 10:00 * Marketing Session, Gold Room East

10:00 – 10:30 Break ~ network and visit exhibits

10:30 – 12:00 * Sustainable Practices Session, Gold Room West

10:30 – 12:00 * Managing Your Farm Session, Gold Room East

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch, served on site

1:00 – 1:30 Hydroponics for Vegetable Production, Jeff Werner, Watanuska LLC

1:30 – 2:00 Building Food Security in Alaska, an Overview of Ken Meter's Report, Amy Petit, Alaska Food Policy Council

2:00 – 2:30 Developing Niche Markets in Alaska Agriculture, Gina Greenway, College of Idaho Department of Business and Accounting

2:30 – 3:00 A Self Governing First Nation and Postsecondary Institution Partnership — Leading to a Sustainable Yukon Klondike Region Farm, Yukon College and theTr’ondk Hwch’in First Nation

3:00 – 3:30 Break ~ network and visit exhibits

3:30 – 4:15 Industry Updates and Changes to Farm Bill — How Will It Affect Farmers? Bryce Wrigley, Alaska Farm Bureau, and Lloyd Wilhelm, USDA Farm Service Agency

4:15– 5:00 Managing Your Farm Holistically — Getting Started, Phil Metzger, Holistic Management International


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