2015 Annual Conference Program

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  • Organic 101
  • Gardening
  • Advanced Producer
  • Marketing & Distribution
  • Research
  • Texas Food Systems & Food Policy
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Organic 101 Program Tracks
Topic Speaker
Financing Your Farm: Budgeting & Navigating the Loan Process Cameron Molberg, Coyote Creek
Raecene Randall and Judith Canales, FSA
Irrigation Infrastruction Basics David Pitre, Tecolote Farm
Soil Endowment, Managing for Soil Wealth Jonathan Cobb, Green Cover Seed
Greenhouse Managment 101 Sam & Cathy Slaughter, Gabriel Valley Farm
Crop Production Planning Pedro Schambon, My Father's Farm & Diana Padilla, Yahweh Farm
Caprine and Chicken Egg Production, Marketing, and Brand Building Ty Wolosin, Windy Hill Farm
Pushing Seasons with High Tunnels    Cypress Sigman, Engel Farms
Producing Profitable Poultry Travis Krause, Parker Creek Ranch
Gardening Program Tracks
Topic Speaker
Bee Basics Molly Keck, AgriLife Extension
Backyard Eco-systems - chickens & gardens  Glen Miracle, Kenan Rote (Laughing Frog Farm)
Good Bugs/Bad Bugs in the Vegetable Garden Molly Keck, AgriLife Extension
Backyard Citrus Dr. Larry Stein, AgriLife Extension
Compost Tea Lou Kellogg, Bexar County Master Gardeners
Texas Fruit Growing-Organic and Earth Kind  Dr. Monte Nesbitt, AgriLife Extension
Soil Tests, Water Conservation, & Plant Nutrition Dr. Juan Anciso, AgriLife Extension
Rainwater Harvesting for Plants, Animals and Humans Billy Kniffen, the Rainman, Retired AgriLife Extension
Advanced Producer Program Tracks
Topic Speaker
No-till Farming and Potential in Organic Farming Jeff Moyer, Rodale Institute
Weed Control Options in Organic Agriculture information coming
Optimal Crop Rotation for Improvement of Organic Soils Cover Crops Jonathan Cob, Green Cover Seed
Management of Compost and Teas for Mid-size Organic Farms Jeffery Moyer, Rodale Institute
Permaculture Design for Improvement of Organic Farming Soils information coming
High Tunnel Production of Organic Vegetables in Texas - economic feasibility Mark E. Uchanski, PhD, New Mexico State Univ and Mengmeng Gu, PhD, Texas A&M
Organic Fertilizer Comparisons Jessica Davis, Colorado State University
Mob Grazing vs Serengheti Grazing - advantages in various parts of the state Sabino Cortez, Erath Earth
Marketing & Distribution Program Tracks
Topic Speaker
Farmers Market Management  Andrew Smiley, Sustainable Food Center
Farm to School: Institutional & Cafeteria Purchasing for Local Ag Products Sonia White, Sonia White Consulting LLC
Meat Distribution Strategies: Opportunities & Barriers  Matt Hamilton, Local Yocal
Value-Added Production on Your Small Farm Eva Greer, Greer Farms; Tony Grasso, Moontower Co-op; And Judith McGeary, FARFA
Marketing 101 for Small Farms Sid Greer, Greer Farms
Evolution of the CSA: Next Steps Adam Smith, City Sprout
Katie Kraemer, Tecolote Farms; Brad Stufflebeam, Home Sweet Farm;
Evan Driscoll, Sustainable Food Center; Moderator Andrew Smiley, Sustainable Food Center
Why Farms Fail Scott Marlow, RAFI-USA
Research Program Tracks
Topic Speaker
Organic Seed, Fruit & Vegetable Varieties Daniel Leskovar, PhD & Kevin Crosby, PhD, Texas A&M AgriLife Research
Subtropical Organic Agriculture Research Alex Racelis, PhD & Carlo Moreno, PhD, UT Pan American
Meat Quality of Organic and Grass Fed Beef Sam Houston State University
Winter Cover Crops Ken Mix, PhD, Texas State University
 The Coming Water Crisis in TexasAlyssa Burgin, Texas Drought Project
Ethnic Specialty Crops Justin Duncan, Sustainable Ag Specialist NCAT
TAMU Specialty Crop Research: Heirloom Tomatoes and Strawberries Joe Masabni, PhD, Texas A&M University
Texas Food Systems & Policy Program Tracks
Topic Speaker
Land Conservation & Easements information coming
Land Access Considerations Edwin Marty, City of Austin 
Defining Local Erin Flynn, Green Gate Farm
Chad Julka, Dallas Farmers Market
Susie Marshall, GROW North Texas
Texas Legislative Update Judith McGeary, FARFA
Rural Energy Program  Lillian Salerno, USDA Rural Development
Jillian Seaman, USDA
Federal Policy Update Judith McGeary, FARFA
Stephen Carpenter, FLAG
Growing Community With Good Food: Producer's View Brad Stufflebeam, Home Sweet Farm
Growing Community With Good Food: Organization's View
Green Spaces Alliance 
Food Policy Council of San Antonio

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