National conference on future of farming set in Kentucky in October

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Experts from throughout the nation will meet in Lexington, in October, for the first nationwide conference focused on farming, land use and food policy.

The Farmland, Food and Livable Community Conference is scheduled for Oct. 20-22 at the Hilton Lexington Downtown.

The conference programs will address four principal themes: Ensuring high quality farmland is available and affordable for agriculture; supporting agricultural viability and a fair and just food system; creating opportunities for the next generation of farmers; and addressing emerging issues for women in agriculture.

A Kentucky Proud opening reception will give participants a chance to network and experience local fare from local farms, food enterprises and distilleries.

Highlights

Other conference highlights include:

• Farm tour to showcase Fayette County’s world-renowned farms in its Rural Services Area and demonstrate the value of its land use planning and farmland protection efforts.

• Mobile workshops to give participants a taste of urban agriculture and innovative local food enterprises in Louisville and Lexington, highlighting the value of these cities’ proactive plans and policies.

• Farmer-Chef Connection banquet to celebrate the farmers who have permanently protected their farmland and showcase the region’s seasonal bounty from local producers.

Information

For more information on the conference, visit: www.farmland.org.

Information on conference sponsorships is available by contacting Susan Sink, vice president of development and external affairs, AFT, at 202-378-1206 or ssink@farmland.org.

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