AGENDA

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Check out our exciting speakers, presentation topics, preconference events and breakout sessions by downloading our COMPREHENSIVE PDF 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? Your farm's future is uncertain if your on-farm decisions are not: (1) profitable, (2) good for the land, and (3) creating good will among people on or affected by your farm. Learn to manage toward profitability, land health and social well-being in this workshop. Over the course of the day you will work on your farm's holistic goal, create a resource list, and develop a process to monitor the path of your farm. See syllabus here.

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.

Interested in commerical hydroponic vegetable production? Learn about structure, systems, and plants with the basics of how these elements integrate in greenhouse vegetable production. Several types of soilless culture will be covered for vine crops and leaf crops. Although all of the information needed to start your own commerical hydroponic operation will not fit into a few short hours, the workshop should help you get started in the right direction. Jeff Werner will be teaching with other hydroponic growers from as far north as Nuiqsut and as far south as Copper Center.


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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