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Growing for the Future Online Conference

AFR and National Farmers Union are gearing up to host "Growing for the Future,” a brand new, free, online conference that will focus on all sorts of issues faced by beginning farmers and ranchers, including: mentorship, business planning, USDA programs, student loans, land tenure, food safety, women and veterans in farming, conservation, and much more!


The virtual conference will be held December 5-8, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST, and will feature a number of top speakers in agriculture, farmer-to-farmer webinars, live Q&A, a discussion board, a resource center and free giveaways.


Registration is free, so sign up now and let all of your friends know you’ll be tuning in for #Growing4TheFuture!

Tentative Agenda

December 5th

Tom Driscoll – Grant Writing 101Paul Goeringer – Managing Legal Risk on the FarmHarrison Topp – Less Than or Equal To: Turning Mentor Relationships into Healthy Business PartnershipsVirginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program – Farm Labor Live Discussion

December 6th

Barbara Patterson – Farm Bill BreakdownSarah Campbell – NAP: How it Benefits Beginning FarmersMichael Kovach – Sticking With It: Surviving the ‘Seven Year ItchBrian Massey (Interview) – Urban Farming as a Beginning Farmer

December 7th

Bridget Holcomb – Managing Your Farm/Businesses/Nonprofit: It All Comes Down to CommunicationMichael O’Gorman – Beginning Farmer Needs for VeteransFarmHer – Live Q&A, 7:00PM ESTLisa Kivirist – How She Does It: Women Farmers Generating Income through Diversification

December 8th

Bill Stevenson – Co-Ops 101Ben Dye – Technology and Farming, FarmLinkJoAnn Baumgartner – Biodiversity on the FarmTom Giessel – Farmers Union Progressive