The Hispanic Farmers' Conference develops workshops based on the most influential issues affecting farmers today. In addition, the workshops are conducted by experts in all major agricultural industries.
|Track||Session 1||Session 2||Session 3||Session 4|
|Urban Farming||The Million Dollar Question:
Small scale agriculture funding programs and options for the direct market producer.
|Organic Matter. Where to find it!? Resources available to Urban Producers to help build soil health. Tapping into resource recovery options, composting and soil amendment alternatives.||Diversifying Sales Outlets. CSA, Farm to Work, Farmstand. Understanding and identifying market diversification opportunities available; how to enter and succeed in these settings. (Veggie Compass?)||Value Added Opportunities:
Turning excess product into profit. A discussion of market alternatives and best practices.
|Ranching||Grass Finished Beef from A to Z:
An overview into the grass fed industry including market outlook, operational challenges, grazing decisions and animal selection.
|Improving Pasture Performance: Grazing management strategies and practices intended to build soil health, improve water holding capacity and increase carrying capacity.||Genetics and Herd Health:
Building your herd. Understanding the importance of sire selection and strategic heifer retention in cow-calf operations. Discussion of common livestock diseases with prevention and treatment applications.
|Marketing. What the Butcher Looks for:
Understanding and selecting carcass characteristics to improve consistency and quality in finished beef.
|Farming||Show Me The Money!
Real world experiences in the Ag funding world along with representatives from SSARE, NRCS and FSA.
|Minimizing Input Costs. Using Cover Crops to boost soil Health.
Cover crop uses and varieties for hot and humid areas. Discussion of uses, benefits, best practices and available resources.
|Successful Planning for New Food Safety Laws:
Preparing for FISMA food safety law implementation. What you need to know and do, for fresh fruit and vegetable producers.
|Variety Selection and Pest Management:
Crop variety selection research developments along with a look into Sugar Cane Aphid issues and pest management strategies.