Producers are encouraged to reserve hotel rooms for the upcoming National Collaborative Farming Conference happening June 14-15 in Nashville. The hotel block at the Inn at Opryland expires Friday, May 20.
During the event, farmers will hear from farm business experts as well as real-life producers who will share the benefits and challenges associated with sharing resources such as labor, management and assets.
“The extreme financial pressures some farmers are experiencing or see coming are making more producers look into [collaborative arrangements] more seriously,” says Danny Klinefelter, Texas A&M University Extension economist, who is organizing the event.
Click one of the links below to view an informational packet about the conference:
Speakers and sessions at the two-day conference will include:
- John Gladigau, Australian farmer and Nuffield scholar: “Collaborate to Survive and Thrive: Farming for the Future”
- Rob Rettig and Rick Fruth, two of three farmers in New Vision Farms of northwest Ohio: “Collaborative Farming: Our Personal Experience”
- Moe Russell, president of Russell Consulting: “Lessons Learned: When Bad Things Happen to Good Plans” about the struggles of Farm Partners
- Chris Barron, president of Carson and Barron Farms of Rowley, Iowa: “A Multigenerational Growth Model”
Registration is $600 per participant and the hotel rate is $159 per night. Hotel reservations may be made by calling 855-584-3466 and mentioning the “Texas Extension Education Foundation” room block. A check for the conference registration fee should be made payable to The Texas Extension Education Foundation and sent to:
Attn: Danny Klinefelter
PO Box 946
College Station, TX 77841-0946
You may also pay by credit card by calling Connie Moore at 979-845-1772 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will send a credit card charge form that should be faxed back to 979-845-7444.