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Programming Suggestion Box

Each year, PASA staff works with volunteer committees and the feedback of our members and event attendees to put together the conference programming. We strive to be balanced and to provide quality material that will allow attendees to go home and make real improvements.

Each year, PASA staff works with volunteer committees and the feedback of our members and event attendees to put together the conference programming. We strive to be balanced and to provide quality material that will allow attendees to go home and make real improvements. In deciding what programs to offer, PASA uses the following guidelines:

We will prioritize programming that is farmer*-centered.
Most of the programming should be practical and help farmers to improve their financial bottom line.
The conference programming and overall message should be inspirational.

*Farmer includes anyone who raises livestock or grows produce on any scale.

Every conference will focus on the following: Production Techniques, Value-Added Processing, Soil Health and Business Planning. A majority of the programming will address at least one of those focuses. In addition to these core focuses, PASA will have program priorities that will change from year to year based on current issues, concerns and member requests.

Program Priorities for the 2015 Farming for the Future Conference will be announced at a later date. The 2014 program priorities were as follows:

Diversification & Whole-Farm Planning i.e. Multi-species farming, adding species or varieties for higher value production, putting animals to work on the farm.

Business Skills i.e. Staff management, financial planning.

Food Safety & Risk Management i.e. developing plans, systems that work on farms, new regulations.

While the above areas will make up a significant portion of the programming, there are additional focuses that the conference will cover as well, including inputs & equipment, marketing, ecology & stewardship and human & animal health.

These focuses could be presented in a variety of areas such as the primary area of Farming & Gardening as well as in Policy & Advocacy, Consumer Interest and Science & Research. As most PASA members are farming Vegetables, Fruit and Livestock, these three topics should make up most of the programming. Other topics include Agroforestry and Crops (food & other).

In proposing conference materials, please keep our outlined priorities in mind but feel free to suggest things that may not fit our categories.

What would you like to suggest?

I would like to suggest a speaker or topic for program content.

I would like to be a speaker.

My organization would like to partner with PASA to create program content.

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