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SARE Announces 20th Anniversary Conference

UPDATE - 3/25/08 - See and Listen to Peppermint Jim Crosby here at the show!

The New American Farm: Advancing the Frontier of Sustainable Agriculture

Registrations are now being accepted for SARE's 20th Anniversary New American Farm Conference, to be held on March 25-27, 2008 at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri. For a full schedule of events, visit http://www.sare.org/2008conference.

Intended to shine a spotlight on SARE's innovative projects and impact, communicate the program's vision for the next 20 years, and engage the agricultural community in dialogue to achieve common goals, the event will feature 20 years of groundbreaking SARE-funded research, experience and innovations in sustainable agriculture.

"SARE envisions an enduring American agriculture of the highest quality," said Jill Auburn, SARE Director. "This agriculture is profitable, protects the nation's land and water and is a force for a rewarding way of life for farmers and ranchers whose quality products and operations sustain their communities and society."

SARE's New American Farm Conference is open to farmers, ranchers, teachers, researchers, students, advocates - or simply curious consumers. Anyone is welcome who wants to learn more about groundbreaking work in the exciting and rapidly expanding field of sustainable agriculture in America. Conference attendees will:

Gather new insights from pioneering producers, educators, researchers, and advocates.

Experience innovative production and marketing techniques featured on tours of over 35 farms and research facilities.

Learn about groundbreaking advancements and discuss emerging opportunities in 40 workshops and breakouts.

Explore nearly 100 posters displaying cutting-edge SARE funded research and education project results.

The closing plenary session will be presented by Shoshanah Inwood, the winner of SARE's New Voices Contest. Winning entries from SARE's Photo Contest will also be on display.

To register, call (573) 882-8320 or visit http://www.sare.org/2008conference.  Individual registration rates are $250 per individual, inclusive of all conference meals. Registrations made after March 1 require a late fee and must be made online or by telephone. All registration closes March 19. Requests for refunds due to cancellation must be received in writing by March 1. Refunds will not be issued after March 1.

This announcement was distributed by the national outreach office of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. SARE's national outreach office is supported by cooperative agreements between the University of Vermont, University of Maryland and the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES), USDA. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


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