Small farm conference is set for March 8-9 at WP Civic Center

Sheri, Daniel, center, and Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm are scheduled to speak during the "Bringing Back the Small Farm 2018" conference.

A “Bringing Back the American Small Farm 2018” conference will be held March 8-9 in the West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis St. in West Plains. The Small Business and Technology Development Center hosted by Missouri State University-West Plains, the Ozark Farmers Agriculture Cooperative, the University of Missouri Extension and the city of West Plains are teaming up to present the third annual conference. 

Activities and presentations are scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, organizers said.

This year’s conference will feature Joel Salatin and family from Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia. The Salatins have led the clean food, know-your-farmer, animal welfare and living farming movements since their inception.

Registration is now open for the exclusive presentation of “Polyface You” on the morning of March 8; call 417-255-7966 for details.

The conference also will feature 30 additional workshops featuring experts on such topics as beekeeping, no-till organic farming for improving soil and plant health, fall/winter farming extension, high and low tunnels/greenhouses for year-round production, low input cost farming, tapping trees for syrup, soap making, agri-tourism for additional income, blacksmithing, other ways to create income from small acreage, and how to contribute to the regional food supply using whatever land resources are available, organizers said.

Event sponsors include Community First National Bank, FCS Financial, Hirsch Feed and Farm Supply, Landmark Bank, Morgan County Seeds, Richards Brothers, Toyota of West Plains, Ozark Radio Network, West Plains Bank & Trust Company, West Plains Daily Quill and USA Prepares Radio.

    For more information or to register for the conference, visit or contact event coordinator Patrice Jennings at 417-293-0590.


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