Annual Healthy Farms Conference

2016 Healthy Farms Conference

Planning for the 2016 Healthy Farms Conference is well under way! The 2016 Healthy Farms Conference will be on January 29th and 30th at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City. We are also pleased to announce Molly Haviland and Beth Robertson Martin as our keynote presentations. Find details below!

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Molly Haviland

Certified Soil Life Consultant, Haviland Earth Regeneration. Molly has a B.S. degree in sustainable living and is an affiliate professor at the Maharishi University of Management where she co-teaches with world renowned soil microbiologist Dr. Elaine Ingham. She is co-founder of the Living Soil Compost Lab and is a Holistic Soil Life Consultant. As a microherder, Molly understands how to cultivate beneficial soil organisms, merge them into growing systems, and encourage them to thrive in that location. She has worked with compost operations, graziers, and growers to develop the highest quality compost and compost amendments designed specifically for the desired crop. She introduces her audiences to the foundational principals of cultivating the soil foodweb and the myriad benefits from its presence. She demonstrates how the soil foodweb is a tool that, when used correctly, has been proven to provide maximum yields with increased mineral and nutrient content, components essential for thriving plants, animals, and human communities.

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Beth Robertson-Martin

Sourcing Lead - Organic & Non-GMO Ingredients, General Mills. Beth Robertson-Martin leads the organic and non-GMO sourcing group at General Mills with a particular focus on developing deep industry relationships to create new alliances and break down barriers. She has extensive experience building strong relationships with suppliers, manufacturers and farmers. Her commitment to creating a more sustainable food system stems from her early years of growing up on an organic farm in Southeastern Missouri. Prior to joining GMI in 2012, Beth led sustainable sourcing groups in the furniture and apparel industry. Before moving into procurement, Beth developed risk management strategies and portfolio management techniques in the financial industry. Beth has a Bachelor of Science in Econometrics and a Master of Science in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.

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2016 Healthy Farms Conference Agenda


Families Welcome!

We encourage the entire family to attend the conference. Special pricing and rates have been set to make the conference both affordable and accessable. Details can be found below!

2016 Family Registration Form

Exhibitor and Sponsorships!

Exhibit booths reserved via the online registration page are available at a reduced rate until January 15th. Non-profit rates are available. Contact William for more information

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Sponsorship Opportunities


This years agenda offers a number of breakout sessions with topics ranging from Cover Cropping to holistic orchards to FFA Student Projects (SAE). We will also once again have a full youth program with many of the presenters being youth and presenting on projects from their farms.

  • Managing Crops, profitably, for Wetlands and Wildlife
  • The Native Spirit, Pollinators & Diversity
  • Cover crops for the commodity grower
  • Cover crops for vegetable production and beyond
  • Leveraging Labels to Market Your Product
  • Farmers & Climate Change Panel Discussion
  • Elders of Sustainable Agriculture Panel Discussion
  • Nutrition in Feed
  • Fence Building & Water Systems
  • Pattern Literacy: What Bees, Mycelium and other Network Patterns Found in Nature Teach Us
  • Plant Breeding, Seeds, conventional & non gmo
  • Marketing Opportunities to consider when starting
  • Food Hub/Coop Marketing Panel
  • Marketing from the Other Side, A Consumer Perspective
  • Considerations when choosing a location for your orchard
  • Introduction to High Density Planting of Fruit Trees
  • Urban Tree Canopy
  • Improving Wetlands Using Holistic Grazing of Dairy Cattle & Low Impact Crossings
  • Rotational Grazing for the Seasoned Veteran
  • State Policy Down on the Farm & In Your Communities

  • Youth Sessions:

    We will once again have a full youth program with many of the presenters being youth and presenting on projects from their farms.

  • Arbor Day Tree Adventure
  • Art in the Garden
  • Wacky Container Garden!
  • Lil' Chefs using Local Foods!
  • And many more!

  • Lodging Details

    Lodging available by calling 800-546-5433 & request a guest room under "The Healthy Farms Conference" reservations. Lied Lodge & Conference Center, 2700 Sylvan Rd. Nebraska City

    Roundtable Discussions

    We will once again be hosting the roundtable discussions on Saturday morning of the conference. The format will be similar to last year, and we will set aside additional time for these discussions. 2016 Roundtable Form `

    Held in February each year, NSAS hosts a wide range of speakers covering interests ranging across the spectrum -- from production to marketing to conservation in farming & beyond. Our keynote speakers are always inspirational & educational!