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 as one of our keynote presentations. Find details below!

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.

About Molly Haviland

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!

2015 Family Registration Details and 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

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
  • Building An Energy Efficient Building & Lighting
  • All About Fencing
  • Elders of Sustainable Agriculture Panel Discussion
  • Nutrition in Feed
  • FFA Presentation; Benefits of Composting on small scale livestock operations (SAE)
  • FFA Presentation; None of your Beeswax Marketing opportunities (SAE)
  • 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
  • Growing a Holistic Orchard
  • Starting with Heirloom Fruits
  • Using Biochar on your Farm
  • Improving Wetlands Using Holistic Grazing of Dairy Cattle & Low Impact Crossings
  • Rotational Grazing for the Seasoned Veteran

  • 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.

  • Crafting from Cornhusks
  • Starting your own Native Plant Nursery
  • Movement for Little Farmers. Yoga
  • And many more!

  • Lodging Details

    We are in the process of coordinating lodging.

    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. NSAS Board Member Kevin Fulton will be facilitating. `2014 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!