Annual Conference

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The 2025 Annual Conference will be Saturday, February 8, at the Gorecki Conference Center, College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph MN

Here's a look back at our 2024 Annual Conference

 

Our annual gathering, with topics that you pick, learning and sharing the wisdom of our sustainable community, and lots of social time.

See the Sessions & Features HERE.

And the Night Before Social is back:
Friday, 2/9/24, Minnesota Street Co-op, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
See the Sessions & Features page for more info.

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Advance registration required

This event is sold out.

SFA photographs scenes at this conference for promotional purposes. Your registration acknowledges your willingness to be photographed.

Parking: There is another large event on the St. Ben's campus on the day of our conference, so we recommend that you allow time to find good parking. For a map of Guest parking and sidewalk routes to the Conference Center, click HERE.

Lunch: You are welcome to bring a bag lunch, visit a nearby restaurant in St. Joseph, or eat in the campus dining hall on the main level of the Gorecki Center. Emerging farmers are invited to a complimentary lunch session. Save time in line and buy your $15 dining hall ticket in advance when you register for the Conference!

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Sponsor Opportunities

Note: As of January 10, we are sold out of exhibitor tables.

We welcome your sponsorship, though we won't be able to provide you with exhibitor space.

Please consider partnering with us on our flagship farmer education event of the year. You may apply using either form option below.

Sponsor & Exhibitor information and fillable PDF form

Apply online

Our 2024 Sponsors

BLOOM SPONSORS

Afternoon Social Sponsor

For non-traditional agriculture operations marketing products to consumers or through local and regional food systems, Compeer can help with your financing needs.

Opening Plenary Session Sponsor

Lakewinds is a community owned food cooperative grocery store located in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities. Since 1975, Lakewinds has been providing access to local, organic, and sustainable foods while supporting local farmers and giving back to the communities we serve. No membership is required. All are welcome!

SAPLING SPONSORS

The Emerging Farmer Office within the MDA supports new MN farmers in their journey to build their operations and skill set for success.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture mission is to enhance all Minnesotans' quality of life by equitably ensuring the integrity of our food supply, the health of our environment and the strength and resilience of our agricultural community.

SPROUT SPONSORS

MISA and SARE provide resources to strengthen communities, increase producers' economic viability, and improve the environment through grants and education.

Renewing the Countryside brings together people, ideas, and resources to catalyze meaningful change in our food system, on the landscape, and between urban and rural people.

Farmers Union is a grassroots, member-driven organization working for family farmers and rural communities. We believe in fair farm and rural policy that guarantees a safe and abundant food supply, provides family farmers with fair prices for their labor, and revitalizes rural Minnesota.

SEED SPONSORS

Minnesota Grown is a marketing program of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture devoted to promoting Minnesota Grown products. Over the past 35+ years, the program has become a trusted resource connecting consumers seeking local to Minnesota producers of specialty crops and livestock. Membership benefits include free marketing materials, marketing cost shares (up to $3,300 value), listings in online directories visited by more than 350,000 users per year, and more.

The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program is a voluntary opportunity for farmers and agricultural landowners to take the lead in implementing conservation practices that protect our water. More than 1 million acres and 1,430 producers are Water Quality Certified.

EXHIBITORS

The farmer-owner online marketplace.

Organic Open Pollinated Seeds

Solar Electric (PV) System Design, Sales & Installation

Non-profit focused on farmer to farmer education.

UMN Extension provides research-based information to help farmers make sound agronomic and business decisions for their operations.

Prairie Yard & Garden is a 30-minute television show about gardening in the Upper Midwest. PY&G is a local production of Pioneer PBS.

We market a unique mix of supplies and equipment to fruit and vegetable growers as well as other organic inputs and equipment for larger acreage producers. Equipment includes crop rollers, double sickle mowers, sprayers, tine weeders and compost turners.

RSDP helps connect communities, organizations, farmers, and individuals working on sustainability projects with resources at the University of Minnesota.

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) implements agriculture policy, administers credit and loan programs, and manages conservation, commodity, disaster and farm marketing programs for agricultural producers.

A Non-Profit with a mission for widespread agroforestry

Linking experienced dairy graziers with those who want to farm and provides a guided pathway to independent farm ownership.

Mobilizing Veterans To Feed America

A look back at our 2022 conference:

Why attend our Annual Conference?