Farm and Food Leadership Conference

The 2019  Farm & Food Leadership Conference offers the most speakers, topics, networking opportunities, pre-conference workshops, and exhibitors in the 13-year history of this event!

 Whether you are a farmer, rancher, homesteader, home gardener, cottage food producer, local foods activist, or just someone interested in nutritious, sustainably grown foods, you’ll want to be in San Marcos, Texas, Aug. 11-13!


Take Advantage of Early-Bird Rates!

 A selection of the Monday and Tuesday sessions includes:

  • Perennial crops and agroforestry
  • Row crop niche markets – Organic, hemp, and value-added
  • Scaling up pastured poultry
  • What to look for in a meat processor
  • Healthy soils through grazing
  • Diversifying with hunting leases, agritourism, and more
  • Sheep and goat health
  • The Texas Legislative Session – Important new local food laws
  • Corporate consolidation in agriculture and food systems
  • Wholesale readiness
  • Online marketing platforms for producers
  • The market for specialty crops
  • Three pillars of successful beekeeping
  • Filling your table by foraging and hunting
  • Youth & local foods
  • Finding good food, at the grocery and the farmers’ market

 AND we’re offering a track of small-group Q&A sessions for conversations on these topics:

  • Fermentation basics
  • Connecting small-scale producers to small-scale restaurants and specialty markets
  • Connecting small-scale producers to mid-scale markets
  • The funding ecosystem – debt basics and “beyond debt”
  • Government loan and grant programs for producers
  • Veteran opportunities in agriculture

 For the full list of topics, go to And be sure to check the current lineup of inspiring and knowledgeable speakers at More are being added each week!

 Register while Early Bird rates apply and save 12-16 percent.

 The first 100 people to register receive a free subscription

to Oregon Tilth’s “In Good Tilth” magazine!

 Don’t Miss Out on These Pre-Conference Workshops

  • Optimizing Your Land’s Relationship to Water
  • How to Form a Successful Cooperative
  • Food Safety for Produce Growers
  • Food Safety for Food Facilities
  • Maximizing Farm Capital
  • Implementing SNAP Incentive Programs at Farmers’ Markets
  • Farming and Gardening for Youth

 Need Financial Assistance? Scholarships Are Available!

 Thanks to a generous grant through the Small Producers Initiative, we have a significant number of scholarship opportunities available this year, with preference given to small farmers.

 If possible, we ask that applicants register for the conference and pay the registration fee up-front. The registration form ( an option for you to indicate if you are requesting a scholarship. If approved, we will refund your registration fee within one week after the conference. If you cannot afford to pay the registration fee, please fill out the scholarship application at

Event Properties

Event Date 8/11/2019
Event End Date 8/13/2019
Individual Price Free