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Pre-registration deadline is January 6, 2012
Register now or plan to register on site after the 6th

You will love the program we have put together for the 2012 Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms conference. Read more about the details below. We are looking forward to gathering in Little Rock, Arkansas with like-minded folk. Hope to see you there!

Pre-conference Offerings:
Wed & Thurs – Jan. 18-19

Short Courses
Our popular 1½ day pre-conference short courses are intensive learning experiences that provide comprehensive information on whole farming enterprises. With the in-class presentations and the extensive take-home materials, they give you the knowledge you most need to be successful with your enterprise. Click here to learn more about the short courses we are offering this year.

Mini Courses
Our ½ day pre-conference mini courses provide in-depth information on specific topics in greater depth than is possible in our regular conference sessions. Our expert presenters provide you the latest information and answer your pressing questions on the topics you requested. To learn more about these valuable mini courses, click here.

Field Trips
For those who learn best by getting out in the field, we offer five outstanding field trips this year. Our ½ day pre-conference field trips are geared toward organic and sustainable production and marketing of horticultural crops and livestock and community food initiatives. Click here to learn more about these outstanding field trips. Note that one field trip has already sold out!

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General Conference Information:
Fri & Sat – Jan. 20-21

Educational Sessions
The general conference, running all day Friday and Saturday, offers 56, 1½-hour sessions on a broad range of topics for start-up and seasoned producers alike. Sessions include; sustainable and organic production and marketing information for commercial horticultural and livestock producers, enterprise management lessons, farm policy education and community food systems development information. Click here to see the full description of sessions on this year’s program.

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Expert Presenters
Each year conference participants tell us the great line-up of presenters with their practical experience is what makes our conference program so valuable. These people know their stuff and are willing to share their expertise. One older farmer said “I sure wish I had had access to this kind of expertise when I got started. I’d have gotten a lot further a lot faster!” Click here to see the incredible expertise our presenters are bringing to this program!

Make Lodging Reservations by Jan 7 for the Best Rates

The Peabody Little Rock hotel is our lodging headquarters. Our group rate is just $89.00 per room, plus taxes. If The Peabody fills up, we also have overflow lodging arrangements at the nearby Doubletree Hotel. Click here for complete lodging details.

To receive our discount rate you must state that you are with the Southern SAWG Conference group and you must book your lodging before January 7, 2012. Prices increase sharply after this date.

Poster Deadline Extended to Jan 6

Attention Researchers and Agricultural Service Providers: If your research or program provides practical information relevant to organic and sustainable family farmers and/or to those working to build local food systems, you are invited to display a poster about your work at the 2012 Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms conference. Submission details available here.

Keep up with Southern SAWG through our social media outlets. We are on Facebook and Twitter, connecting with our friends and supporters. Use the hash tag — #SSAWG — to show your support at the conference!

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