Stay tuned for program updates for the 2023 Eco-Ag Conference! (Sign up to receive email updates here.) In the meantime – get a feel for what an Eco-Ag Conference is like by perusing the 2022 agenda below.
Every year, we set a new standard for innovative and practical learning in modern agriculture. Learn from top-notch speakers about tactics that build soil biology, balance chemistry, improve structure and integrate biodiversity like livestock, companion crops and cover crops. Ready to sign up? Register here!
Download a PDF of the 2022 Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show program here.
Each Eco-Ag U workshop is chock full of opportunities to learn from expert instructors, ask questions, and connect with others through dedicated networking times. All workshops take place on December 5 or 6 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and will include two refreshment breaks and an opening reception on Monday evening, December 5. Lunchtime will be your opportunity to get outside the venue on your own and visit a local Kentucky establishment. For full Eco-Ag U Workshop descriptions, visit the Eco-Ag U Workshop webpage here.
Mark Shepard, author of Restoration Agriculture and Water for Any Farm, will lead a lively discussion about how to manage water — whether you have too much or too little. Learn how to make a change that will positively impact generations to come. Learn techniques around how to channel water through high-fertility areas, store water through smart land management, or drain water properly without losing valuable topsoil. You will walk away with specific tactics you can employ immediately to store or drain water from your land.
As Tainio Biologicals founder Bruce Tainio used to say, “Soil microorganisms are the key link between mineral resources and plant growth.” As scientific methods have evolved, this linkage has become more and more evident. A plant relies heavily on its microbiome for: proper function, growth, health, and production. Without these microscopic “friends” plant life (as well as all other life on Earth) would look very different and many ecological systems would collapse. During this session, Dennis and Steve will take an in-depth look at the relationship between soil biology and plant health, and explore ways to use this key component for crop success.
When weed seeds germinate, it’s a signal that the conditions are right for soil biology to prioritize that plant in the ecosystem. Understanding why weeds are there and how they work to transform soil helps us design the most efficient and effective way to work with them to change the soil and growing system. The fun begins when we can finally stop fighting them and create what we want. This session goes deep into real world case studies to give you ideas of what works in grazing, cropping and vegetable systems, and what doesn’t.
Do you want to explore the business of supplying restaurants your farm products? The most important aspect is developing a strong, long lasting friendship with the chef. Come and understand what it takes from the chef side and the farmer side to have a successful farm to chef experience. Marty Travis, farmer and the author of My Farmer, My Customer, and one of his chef colleagues in Cincinnati, will lead the discussion about how to sell into a premium market.
Get your books signed by famed farmer Marty Travis, author of My Farmer, My Customer.
What Your Food Ate: David and Anne will entertain the audience by sharing information from their latest book.
A grand synthesis of science, history, and visits to farms reveals the connections between soil health and human health. The pathway runs through the bodies of crops, animals, and microbiomes into our own, showing that agriculture can not only feed the world, but nourish it too.
You will walk away motivated and able to connect the dots between human health, soil health, animal health and crop health. As Montgomery says, “It’s a lot of dots to connect, but we’ve done the homework.”
Stop by, talk to vendors, shop for books! Breakfast and coffee available for purchase.
Agricultural soil health across the globe has been declining for decades, driven by extractive farm practices. Explore the status of soil health today, how it has been degraded and some key principles for restoring it. Presented by Meri Mullins of Biome Makers, a global agtech company on a mission to empower farmers and recover soil health worldwide, this is a foundational soil health session that will give you the “why” behind our need for change.
The researcher and author, who will co-lead Tuesday night’s kickoff keynote talk, will lead a more focused session on erosion and degradation of topsoil that helped take down past societies. Modern conventional agriculture threatens to do the same at a global scale. But we can change this historical pattern to sustain ourselves and the planet through adopting farming practices that rebuild soil health.
You can’t just take-take-take from your land without introducing disease, pests, weeds and other symptoms of imbalanced soil. Join Gary Zimmer as he shows how to transition from a conventional system, which includes details on remineralizing your soil. Learn how he incorporates organic fertilizers into his composting system, uses cover crops to improve nutrient deficiencies, and leverages soil testing data to continuously improve his soil.
Fuel up and meet some vendors while you’re at it! Also, enjoy presentations from Grassroots Carbon Benefit at 9:40 a.m. and a vendor to be named at 10:05 a.m. on the floor.
Get your questions answered by Dr. Kris Nichols.
Certified organic marketer and host of the No-Till Market Garden Podcast, Jesse Frost will lead this session on managing carbon in soil.
This session will examine the relationship between different production methods (conventional, Albrecht and organic) and the nutritional composition of the crop those systems produce. John Fagan will share unique research that uses a special mass spectrometric analytical methodology can allow you to see the full spectrum of nutrients in the food and measure between 1,200 and 4,000 different nutritional compounds.
Oklahoma grower Jimmy Emmons explores how he integrates cover crops in his own 2,000-acre operation near the town of Leedey. Attendees will learn about the economic benefits of cover crops, as well as the benefits to water retention and soil health. Look at real case studies into how his systems manage water, biodiversity and soil health.
Get your questions answered by organic no-till farmer Rick Clark.
Fuel up and meet some vendors while you’re at it! Also, enjoy presentations from Hiwassee Products at 11:40 a.m. and a vendor to be named at 12:05 p.m. on the floor.
Get your book signed by Gary Zimmer, author of The Biological Farmer and Advancing Biological Farming, right across from the Acres U.S.A. Bookstore.
With rapidly developing innovations in regenerative and organic agriculture, economies, businesses and consumers are either reaping the benefits or falling behind the curve. Join Apical founder and CEO David Knaus on an exploration of the changing modern agronomy industry through the laboratory analysis of plant nutritional stress and agronomic problem solving using regenerative organic inputs. Attendees will learn how to implement simple strategies such as identifying plant nutrient excesses and antagonisms that make a visible impact on crop performance and build long term success.
It’s no longer a matter of if you have toxicity, rather how much, how bad and what to do about It. This presentation will highlight the top known environmental toxins, their source, how to evaluate for, and how to mitigate them. Dr. Nasha will bring on tangible and actionable ways to get the toxins out of your life and your body.
“Change is good,” Rick Clark says, as he talks about how he is able to successfully manage his Indiana farm with a no-till system. You will gain confidence in changing your own systems by learning how Rick approaches planting into cover crops, harvesting, fertilizing, and pest and weed management in his unique, innovative farming system.
Get your books signed by Dr. Nasha Winters, author of The Metabolic Approach to Cancer and Mistletoe, on the Trade Show Floor, right across from the Acres U.S.A. Bookstore.
Damaging weather. Hotter, longer dry seasons. Shorter, more intense wet seasons. Sound familiar? Dr. Kris Nichols will lead a session looking at how soil biology can help store water, maintain ground temperature, and provide natural defenses for our fields in a time of rapid climate change. You will be able to connect the dots between the signs of life in your field and the natural defenses they are employing in your ecosystem.
From crop to cow, the microbiomes found in agricultural systems are as dependent on us for care and feeding as we are on them. Anne Biklé, who will co-lead Tuesday’s keynote talk, will explain how when we integrate their dietary and habitat needs into farming practices, we reap plant and animal foods that nourish our bodies and safeguard our health.
Cover cropping strategies are often discussed in reference to larger scale systems, while small to medium scale producers are left wondering. Jesse Frost will address cover cropping for these operations, explaining the why and how, including when to sow, pairings, and how to terminate it.
Fuel up and meet some vendors while you’re at it! Also, enjoy presentations from SQM at 3:40 p.m. and Ward Labs at 4:05 p.m. on the floor.
Get your questions answered by biological farmer Gary Zimmer.
Get your books signed by Jesse Frost, author of The Living Soil Handbook, on the Trade Show Floor, right across from the Acres U.S.A. Bookstore.
Join your peers in discussions around common topics.
Join the team at Acres U.S.A. for an interactive discussion about the issues that matter most to eco-farmers today. Bring your passion and your questions to this unique opportunity to both engage in peer-learning and inform the Acres U.S.A. team on what you need addressed most in 2023.
Dan Kittredge, founder of The Bionutrient Food Association, will explain the latest progress in his tools for testing nutrient density in our food. Learn about the future of grocery shopping and food selection, as Dan explains how soil management can be directly related to the nutrients in our food and how we make this information mainstream.
The Organic Association of Kentucky leads a discussion on the resources that are available in Kentucky for beginner farmers.
The mindset we carry into our fields is directly related to how we farm and what we produce. Join Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin for an evening that will challenge conventions in how we approach farming, our communities and our own personal health. The talented author and farmer will help us redefine our business and personal goals through an understanding of what truly will create a regenerating world.
Get your books signed by Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, author of In the Shadow of Green Man, on the Trade Show Floor, right across from the Acres U.S.A. Bookstore.
Stop by, talk to vendors, shop for books! Breakfast and coffee available for purchase.
Dr. James White, a professor of plant pathology at Rutgers University and an expert on the rhizophagy cycle, will unveil an amazing world of biology, mycology, and elemental chemistry that shows how plants and the soil interact. He will demonstrate how plant root systems attract and absorb microbes, how microbes interact with plant root cells, how bacteria extracts nutrients through oxidative processes, and how those little hairs on the roots — trichomes — fix nitrogen. You will leave with a clear picture of how your nutrients cycle between plant and soil, all thanks to a complex, natural world, and why it is important to maintain living and microbially rich soils.
Vail Dixon will lead a useful, checklist-driven workshop to help you managing your grazing system.Learn how to read and interpret what your animals are telling you and let them teach you and they will tell you what they need. Learn how to identify early signs of stress before things go way off track and take home a whole checklist you can start using immediately.
Attention to the role of policy in encouraging and enabling adoption of soil health practices has taken a huge step forward in the last few years. This session, led by Aria McLauchlan and Harley Cross of Land Core, will explore the opportunities to further soil health at the federal level, especially after mid-terms; incentives for risk-mitigation and changes to crop insurance and lending; and how we can remove basic barriers within crop insurance that are preventing soil health practices with. The session will also review the importance of the grassroots work we all need to do – providing examples of messaging and coalition building with fellow farmers and to policy makers.
Fuel up and meet some vendors while you’re at it! Also, enjoy presentations from Sea Agri at 10:10 a.m. and American Biochar Company at 10:35 a.m. on the floor.
Get your questions answered by nutrient density expert Dan Kittredge.
Mark Shepard, author of Restoration Agriculture and Water for Any Farm, will sign his books on the Trade Show floor, across from the Acres U.S.A. bookstore.
Eco-Ag thought-leader John Kempf leads a lively and insightful session on the strategies to regeneratively manage plant nutrition.The founder of AEA and executive editor of Acres U.S.A. will walk you through why and how foliar sprays can stimulate nutrient cycling and soil life.
Scaling up your chicken operation to become a commercial operation can be difficult. Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin’s system of integrating poultry into your crop and pasture operation is spreading around the world because it helps farmers see clear, humane paths forward, and how to reach the larger markets. He brings an indigenous-based approach to putting poultry back into its natural environment and to the business development process for aggregating and scaling the collective impact of small farms for a new and regenerative industry.
Farming is time consuming enough as it is, who wants to pay attention to balance sheets, income and expense charts, or enterprise profitability? The answer to that question should be “everyone,” but too many times farmers concentrate on operational considerations at the expense of their financial bottom line. Learn how to treat your agricultural enterprise as a business, ensuring a better balance between the financial and operational aspects of farming.
Fuel up and meet some vendors while you’re at it! Also, enjoy presentations from Holganix at 12:10 p.m. and a vendor to be named at 12:35 p.m. on the floor.
Paul Dorrance, author of Farming Without Losing Your Hat, will sign his book, published in 2022 by Acres U.S.A. Find him across from the Acres U.S.A. bookstore.
Get your questions answered by Dr. James White.
The focus of agroecologist Jonathan Lundgren’s work is assessing the ecological risk of pest management strategies and developing long-term solutions for regenerative food systems. In this session he will address how you can manage your farm ecosystem to manage pest risk.
Most pigs raised in the United States are housed in commercial confinement operations with poor conditions that restrict innate behaviors that are associated with chronic stress. Animal welfare is improved when pigs are given outdoor access, but raising pigs outdoors presents additional obstacles. In this workshop, Rodale Institute employees will give an overview of the benefits and challenges of pastured pork production.
Investment in food and agriculture-related businesses is essential to increase capacity in local food economies. While there is a tremendous amount of capital flowing to agriculture, historically the proportion supporting regenerative farming has been limited. Events during the past few years, and 2022 in particular, have shown a small but noticeable increase in local food systems investments. This session will explore the types of public and private capital that can support regenerative farmers and provide case studies that show how capital has been utilized to expand their efforts within the food system.
Get your books autographed by your favorite Eco-Ag authors.
Plant diseases are a major limitation to improved production efficiency and crop quality as they reduce nutrient availability, uptake, distribution, or utilization by the plant. Disease symptoms frequently reflect the altered nutritional status of the plant, but it’s not always easy to determine what to do once this fact is discovered. Dr. Don Huber updates his classic talk with the latest information about managing plant disease without using harmful chemicals. Dr. Huber’s research has been critical to connect human health and soil health; if you have not been to a Dr. Huber talk, you have missed out on something special.
Integrating your farm with some sort of livestock is almost always the right answer, but isn’t as easy as simply buying animals and putting them on the land. Enter the heroes of the hour: Livestock Guardian Animals. Learn about different options for guardian animals and their unique behaviors, as well as required adaptions for successful integration, using specific examples from one farmer’s journey.
Listen, engage, and learn as leaders in the transition to an ecological agriculture system explore the shifts that need to happen to make lasting impacts on your farm and across the agriculture sector.
Sorry, no refunds.** Your registration can be transferred to someone else’s name if you cannot attend; please contact our office.
**In the event that we cannot safely hold an in-person Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show and we instead host a virtual gathering, registrants will be given the option to change their registration or get a full refund.
For Eco-Ag U all-day workshops: Due to limited space, cancellations received through October 25, 2022 are entitled to an 80% credit to be applied to Acres U.S.A. subscriptions, books, DVDs, audio CDs, or future conference fees. For cancellations/no-shows received after October 25, 2022, we will do our best to fill your spot. If it is filled you are entitled to an 80% credit to be applied to Acres U.S.A. subscriptions, books, DVDs, audio CDs, or future conference fees. If we cannot fill your spot last minute no refund will be issued.
All conference activities will be in Covington, Kentucky, inside the Northern Kentucky Convention Center
One West RiverCenter Blvd Covington, Kentucky 41011 Directions
Note, a few of the Eco-Ag U Workshops will be held in the adjoining hotel, Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter
10 W Rivercenter Blvd, Covington, KY 41011 Directions
The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is located 12 miles from the Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show venue. Rental cars and rideshare services are available to get you to and from the event venue.
We have a food vendor on the Trade Show floor who will be serving breakfast, lunch and snacks on Wednesday and Thursday. They will be serving food during trade show hours, which opens before the first lecture each day. Be sure to come by for breakfast! Food is also available in the host hotel and at restaurants and cafes within walking distance.
This is a professional seminar with intensive lectures and is not conducive to very young children. Children may disrupt attendees who have traveled far to learn at this event. People do bring children, however, they must be watched and cared for. Children 16 and over should register as a student.
Registration is required for all conference activities. Registration is open right now! Please check our website or call 970-392-4464 for registration information. Your name badge is your pass to the conference and trade show. Be sure to wear it to all conference events. You will receive your name badge and other conference materials when you check in to register for the Eco-Ag U Workshops or Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show.
If you pre-registered for the 2-Day Eco-Ag U & Conference Pass, then you are attending two days of Eco-Ag U (Monday, December 5 AND Tuesday, December 6) and the main conference & trade show (December 7-8). You must choose both workshops as you register; most workshops sell out. You can pick up your name badge and workshops materials at 7:00 a.m. and class begins at 8:30 a.m. both days.
If you pre-registered for the 1-Day Eco-Ag U & Conference Pass, then you are attending one day of Eco-Ag U. (Monday, December 5 OR Tuesday, December 6) plus the main conference (December 7-8). You must choose a workshop when you register; most workshops sell out.
If you are pre-registered for the Conference & Trade Show only (December 7-8), pick up your name badge and conference materials after 12 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6. Signage in the hotel will direct you to the registration and information area.
Eco-Ag U classes on Tuesday, December 6 will conclude at 5 p.m. The Welcome Reception will start at 5 p.m. and the keynote at 7:30. Early conference arrivals will get to attend introductory Eco-Ag sessions.
No. The all-day Eco-Ag U advanced learning courses are only offered as a package with the main conference. We are not able to offer à la carte pricing. These are popular courses with limited class sizes, so they’re only open to conference attendees.
Yes, but Eco-Ag U workshops have limited space and do sell out before the event. Pre-registration is strongly recommended to secure your spot in your workshop(s) of choice.
Yes. A conference name badge is required for entrance to the trade show, which will open to registrants on Tuesday, December 6, at 5 p.m. The trade show will be open Wednesday and Thursday, December 7-8, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., respectively. There are no trade show-only badges.
Yes. Exhibitor badges are valid for the main conference only, but you may upgrade your badge to include an Eco-Ag U advanced learning workshop. Pre-registration is required and these tend to sell out, so please upgrade early. You can upgrade by calling 970-392-4464.
Yes. Acres U.S.A. is bringing our eco-farming bookstore with hundreds of titles. We accept cash, checks and all major credit cards.