2014: Plan to attend the Healthy Farms Conference of the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society. The dates for 2014 are February 14-15and it will be held at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney!
About: The Healthy Farms Conference provides an opportunity for participants to acquire useful information on numerous alternatives to expand their farming operations while also practicing and promoting conservation. The conference exposes participants to new and innovative ways to utilize their agricultural operations. It also provides a platform for new, transitioning or beginning farmers to network and learn first hand from fellow farmers as well as the latest research. The conference also provides support for current farmers by fostering growth and stability in sustainable farming methods, including organic agriculture and sustainable agriculture. We do this by helping farmers to develop innovative ideas and projects that can impact their local communities and areas. A variety of interactive educational opportunities are available for adults and youth. Participants will have the chance to network with experts, university faculty, and fellow agricultural colleagues. Besides providing informative, educational sessions the conferences has commercial and educational exhibits. The Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society has been hosting the Healthy Farms Conference for over 40 years.
Sessions: This year’s agenda offers a number of breakout sessions with topics ranging from urban agriculture to hugelkultur to holistic management. We will also once again have a full youth program with many of the presenters being youth and presenting on projects from their farms.
* Holistic Management Financial Planning
* Holistic Management Biological Monitoring
* Fly Management
* Local Foods Hubs in Food Deserts
* Growing Citrus Fruit in Nebraska with a geothermal greenhouse
* Langauge of the Fields
* Cover Crops & Conservation
* Cooking with Local Foods
* High tunnels
* Telling you farm story
* Food Truck Innovators
* Animal Welfare
* Cover Crops & Forages for Cattle,
* And many more!
We will once again be hosting the roundtable discussions on Saturday morning of the conference. The format will be similar to last year, and we will set aside additional time for these discussions. More information can be found on the conference website.
NSAS Annual Awards
Each year at the Healthy Farms Conference we recognize farmers who are making a difference. NSAS gives out 3 annual awards; The Beginning Farmer of the Year Award, the Sustainable Agriculture Educator of the Year Award and the Family Farmer of the Year award. If you would like to nominate someone please contact us today!
Rooms for this are located at the Wingate Inn which is part of the Younes Conference Center. Rates are $89.95/night. Single, double, triple & quad rooms are available and are the same price. To reserve a room call, 308.237.4400 and reserve a room under The Healthy Farms Conference reservations.
There are numerous ways to participate in the conference including exhibitor and sponsor opportunities. More information can be found in the attachments.
The first and original local foods event in Nebraska. A highlight of the conference will be the All-Nebraska Dinner, Live Auction and Entertainment featuring foods grown and raised in Nebraska. This year it will be held on Friday, February 14th beginning at 5:30. We will also highlight our 2014 Farm Family of the Year!
We will have a room reserved for continuous showing of films focusing on sustainable and organic farming and foods. Movies we currently have include; Greenhorns, Food Inc., Fresh, Everything's Cool, Out of the Mud, A Tallgrass Prairie Revival, Sustainable Agriculture in Nebraska and more. Have an idea for a movie to show, let us know!
Check for complete details to be updated at, http://nebsusag.org/conference.shtml
Look for the official conference brochure later in the Fall complete with registration instructions and how to register online.
When & Where
Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society- NSAS
Created by a group of organic farmers who recognized the need to change the way and how our food is produced, NSAS has been prmoting sustainable and organic farming and foods in Nebraska for over 45 years. The Healthy Farms Conference is our annual conference and has been held annually throughout Nebraska for over 40 years.