Farm & Food Leadership (podcast)Sep 3rd, 2016 | By Cecilia | Category: Featured Articles, podcast, the show
10th Annual Farm and Food Leadership Conference
September 25-27, 2016 | Bastrop Convention & Exhibit Center | Bastrop, Texas
1408 Chestnut Street, Bastrop, TX 78602
Small farmers, ranchers, artisan food producers and eaters all have a place at the table during the Annual Farm and Food Leadership Conference, September 25-27 2016 in Bastrop, Texas. During the event participants will learn about policies, laws and regulations affecting all aspects of our food system.
Judith McGeary is Executive Director of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA), which is presenting the conference. FARFA is a non-profit advocacy group that works on behalf of small farmers, local food producers and consumers. It’s a national organization with roots in Texas.
McGeary said the first iteration of the conference began as an offshoot of the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s (TOFGA) Annual meeting. Organization president, Brad Stufflebeam of Home Sweet Farm in Brenham, Texas, realized the complexity of farming policies, laws and regulations made it necessary to develop a separate conference to focus on those issues.
After the first year, McGeary said FARFA took it over because “regulations are what we do.”
The Farm and Food Leadership Conference guides farmers, ranchers and consumers through the often confusing maze of local, state and federal laws and regulations that shape the nature of our food system. The issues surrounding the path to the plate are complicated, and it’s difficult to get a good understanding of them through media headlines alone, said McGeary. And beyond that, she said those headlines sometimes miss the point, and do not show people how to take the next step — activism.
McGeary encourages all interested citizens to attend the Farm and Food Leadership Conference as it brings together speakers on a variety of issues including genetically engineered foods, the politics of organics, the 2013 Farm Bill, the FDA’s food safety regulations, urban farming, raw milk, water planning & policy, and more! McGeary says while not everyone will get involved after the conference, those who do, will do so with confidence, and work to create the kind of food system they desire.