Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group presents: Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference
December Deadlines Fast Approaching
Whether you are a farmer, member of a research/educational institution, or business offering sustainable ag products and services, there is an important deadline for you in this email. We know this is a very busy month of the year, but take just a moment to review these conference deadlines. We have a great program planned for our 25th anniversary and we don't want you to miss out. 
Registration and Fee Waivers

Fee Waiver Deadline Dec 10th!

To celebrate Southern SAWG's 25th anniversary, Alison and Paul Wiediger have donated funds to support 25 fee waivers each this year. These funds will help make it possible for limited-resource farmers to participate in this event. 

To learn more about fee waivers and how to apply, click here
Don't delay!

Note to organizational and institutional leaders: We can provide letters of support to your potential funders if you are seeking funds for producers in your area to participate in the pre-conference and conference activities. Just contact us with the details.
Early Bird Deadline Dec 20th!

Get the best rate by registering for the conference before December 20th. The Southern SAWG conference is always a great bargain, given the quality of the information to be gained and the networking opportunities that come with such a large turnout of the South's most innovative and successful producers, organizers and advocates in sustainable agriculture.


Trade Show, Advertisements and Poster Display
Rates Increase After Dec 4!
If you offer products or services to those looking for sustainable farming and local food system solutions, then this is the event for you. Sign up for an exhibit booth by December 4th, before the rates go up.

Deadline Extended to Dec 7!
There is still time to submit your organization's abstract. 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 2016 Southern SAWG conference.  

General Conference Info: Fri & Sat - Jan. 29-30

The general conference on Friday and Saturday offers 58 educational sessions on a broad range of topics, plus networking sessions. There are sessions for both veteran farmers and beginning farmers. The session topics include; organic and sustainable vegetable, livestock and specialty crop production, unique marketing strategies, business and finance management, beginning farming, farm to school; community food systems, federal farm programs; agriculture policy developments, and more. 

Expert Presenters
We have a very exciting slate of field-tested presenters this year. They are successful farmers and ranchers, along with well-respected educators and local food organizers. All 100 presenters have extensive knowledge and most importantly, practical experience.

Special Events: Celebrating 25 Years of Progress
Let the Celebrating Begin! 
We'll have a series of Voices from the Field activities. It is by many, many people and groups working at all levels -- farm, community, state, regional and national -- that so much has been accomplished over the last 25 years! Our Voices from the Field series will gives us a chance to reflect, celebrate and be inspired. Visit our Special Events page to learn more.
Door Prizes
We will give away 25 door prizes over the weekend. Prizes will be given at each of our Voices from the Field events. The grand prize, a Grillo walking tractor donated by Earth Tools, will be given at the Taste of Kentucky Banquet. Must be present to win!
Become a 2016 Conference Sponsor
There is still time to become a sponsor and show your support for sustainable agriculture. Join others who have already become supporters of the 2016 conference. As a sponsor you will be helping hundreds of farmers, community food advocates, educators and researchers across the South, and with the visibility this event affords, it will distinguish you as a critical supporter of the sustainable agriculture movement. Click here to learn more.
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