Less=More Conference Explores the Future of Michigan Farming
What does it mean to be a farmer today?
What determines who does this important work in our society?
|What:||Farming Our Future: The Forces and Faces of 21st Century Agriculture|
|When:||Monday, March 9, 2015, 9am-4pm (registration opens 8am)|
|Where:||Kellogg Center Auditorium, 219 S. Harrison, East Lansing|
|Admission:||$25 general; $20 students with school ID (admission includes lunch). Only cash and checks accepted at the door (credit cards cannot be processed).|
|Register Online OR download the registration form and mail it in.|
This groundbreaking conference will feature two keynote speakers: Tim Gibbons, Communications Director, Missouri Rural Crisis Center, and an expert on Farm Bill subsidies, and Danielle Nierenberg, President of Food Tank and expert on sustainable agriculture and food issues.
It will also feature two panel discussions covering a wide range of issues, from the Farm Bill, subsidies, and the Right to Farm Act to emerging trends of non-traditional farmers in minority communities and the growth in urban and suburban backyard farmers.
People who are beginning farmers and/or folks considering farming should find this an extremely informative event as well as consumers concerned about food as it relates to their health, our communities, the environment and animal welfare.
Less=More is a sustainable agriculture coalition of national, state and local organizations tackling the inequity of Farm Bill subsidies in Michigan that favor polluting factory farms over safe, sustainable livestock farms at the expense of the environment and public health. In 2013, the coalition released a report, Restoring the Balance to Michigan’s Farming Landscape, that explores the relationship between Farm Bill subsidies and factory farm pollution in Michigan. To download Restoring the Balance, visit: http://tinyurl.com/L-Mreport.