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Rural Center conference Nov. 2 in Newton

October 15, 2013

The Kansas Rural Center’s 2013 farm and food conference ill be 9 a.m..-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Meridian Center, 1420 E. Broadway Court, Newton.

This year’s conference is titled “Farming as if People Matter: How to Feed Ourselves, Build New Farms and Adapt to a Changing World.”

Overall, 14 workshop sessions will include regional experts in a wide range of fields to cover information on family farm transitions; farming with limited access to land, credit and capital; pricing of farm products for local markets; encouraging pollinators; farm to school; emerging policy issues in Kansas; building soil health; crop insurance for specialty crops and organic; establishing community gardens and more. A full list of workshops offered during the day can be found at kansasruralcenter.org/conference. Keynote speaker is Wes Jackson, founder and president of the Land Institute in Salina. Jackson, an internationally recognized leader in sustainable agriculture and author of several books, will present on “When Ecology Replaces Agronomy for Food Production.”

To register, visit kansasruralcenter.org. Registration is $45 per person, which includes conference materials and a lunch made from locally sourced ingredients.

This conference is an annual event presented by the Kansas Rural Center.

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