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24-26 August 2010 in Torrington, WY
at the Rendezvous Center on the Goshen County Fairgrounds

A big thank you to all who attended...

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* Opening Remarks and Announcements - Cole Ehmke
  & Welcome to Goshen County - Ron Pulley
* Keynote address - Joel Salatin
  Joel Salatin's slides

* Chicken tractors - Joel Salatin
* Marketing to Local Markets - Marla Peterson & Celeste Havener
* Business Strategies for Success - Greg Jarvis
* Keynote: Putting Small Farms at the Center of the Next Wave of Change in Agriculture - Chuck Hassebrook
* Reversing the Bias Toward Bigness in Federal Policy to Strengthen Small Farms - Chuck Hassebrook
* Getting Started with Herb Production - Curtis Haderlie
* Cultivating a Healthy New Venture - Rod Sharp & John Hewlett
* Joel Salatin on a topic directed by the interest of the audience - Joel Salatin
* Fruit production in Wyoming - Kerrie Badertscher
* Tools for Insuring the Odds of Success - John Hewlett
* Welcome by Tara Beley USDA Risk Management Agency
  & Comments by Jo Ann Warner Western Center for Risk Management Education
* Keynote: From Sheep to Breathing Space Reassessing what we have and how it can work for us - Diane Peavy
* Social Media: Farm Fresh Ideas for Value-Added Marketing - Kim Sears
* The Chicken or the Egg - Bren Lieske
* Farming with a Sharp Pencil - Dallas Mount
* CSAs, Farmers Markets, Direct-to-Consumer Marketing - Mike & Cindy Ridenour
* Direct Marketing Meat - Cindy Goertz & Ron Pulley
* Using Marketing Claims to Add Value - John Patrick

e will feature noted speaker and farmer Joel Salatin, and other noted speakers will join him. Plus we will offer concurrent sessions, tours, local food and youth activities. Our planning group is working to build an interesting and useful program for food producers and people with small and large acreages (especially if you are new to agriculture or are a woman or a Native American involved with agriculture). Come to the conference and learn how to address the practical problems of managing your farm or ranch.
Photo of Joel Salatin Joel Salatin is a third-generation alternative farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. He believes that healing the land and making it agriculturally productive can be done at the same time using principles that are not dependent on size.

He will speak on developing an understanding of the interrelationships between plants and animals, the need for diversity and how direct marketing can be a part of vibrant rural communities.
Event Schedule
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Conference Flyer
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Two tours are available. One will feature two ag operations putting direct marketing of food products to use: RoLynn Acres’ (Ron and Lynn Pulley) Wyoming Heritage Hogs (the mule-footed hog, a heritage breed raised on sold directly to consumers) and Meadow Maid Foods (Mike and Cindy Rideneour) community supported agriculture (CSA) venture, market garden and grass-fed beef meat sales. It will end with a stop to the Torrington Thursday Farmer’s Market.

The other tour will feature current the University of Wyoming’s most current discovery efforts at the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center (SAREC) in Lingle. Steve Paisley will overview livestock research. John Ritten and Jerry Nachtman will discuss renewable energy (particularly wind and oilseeds). Bob Baumgartner will discuss research into grass in beans (and the sustainability implications), among other topics that include the skeleton of a newly constructed high tunnel and a new, green dormitory.

Youth Activities
Activities for youth school-age and up will be provided by Audubon Wyoming Community Naturalists and 4-H educators. Your child can participate in these fun programs while you attend sessions: Bio-Blitz Wildlife Safari, Bird Basics, Signs of Life: Tracking Animals, Audubon Adventures, Arts & Crafts, and more. If you are planning to bring your children with you to the conference, please mention this when registering.

Newspaper Insert
Click here to read more about the conference, presentation topics, background on speakers, and much more in a recent insert to ten regional newspapers.

Barnyard & Backyards magazine special issue
Click here to to read more about:
  * Celebrating Rural Life with the Living and Working on the Land Conference
  * Sharing the Harvest: Community Supported Agriculture is Taking Root
  * Managing Generational Differences in the Workplace
  * Increasing the Odds of Success for Rural Ventures
  * Changes for Chickens
  * Ready for the Right Risk?
  * Great Goats!
  * Trailing of the Sheep
and much more . . . !

Registration (includes all locally-sourced meals)
* Pre-registration by July 25: Producers - $50; Agency/Other - $100
* After July 25: Producers: - $75 Agency/Other - $150
* A limited number of scholarships are available for agriculture producers
     (scholarships cover registration costs and hotel (until no more hotel rooms are available)).
* Click here to download a printable registration form.

Menu for Conference meals
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Location of the Conference

ocal Information
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Want to be kept informed about the conference or have suggestions? Send them to Cole Ehmke of the University of Wyoming’s Cooperative Extension Service at or call (307) 766-3782.

Past Conference
View information from the 2007 conference

The Planning Group
Conference organizers include:
• University of Wyoming Extension,
• Wyoming Business Council,
• Wyoming Women in Agriculture
• Audubon Wyoming,
• Small Acreage Issue Team,
• Profitable and Sustainable Ag Systems Initiative Team,
• UW Agricultural and Applied Economics,
• USDA Risk Management Agency,


This project is supported with funds received from
the USDA Risk Management Agency.

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Click here to view information from the
2007 Living and Working on the Land Event