Plenary panels to look forward to!
All panels will be two hours long, and a roundtable discussion will be folded into each so that participants can engage with panelists along the way. There is no limit to the number of people who can attend panels, so please come join us and bring your thoughts and questions!
#1 – Regenerative Agriculture in the Face of Climate Change
Monday November 2 – 12:00-2:15 PM MDT
This plenary is the kick-off to all conference plenaries, keynotes, and film screenings! The first 15 minutes will welcome everyone to the conference. Please join us!
Plenary description: As beings of this world, we face unparalleled threats due to human-induced changes to our climate. We are witnessing global warming, wild fluctuations in weather, and more frequent and unpredictable natural disasters, rising sea levels, species extinctions, and more. And because of societal inequities, marginalized people are experiencing the worst byproducts of climate change. Join us in discussion of how we mitigate climate change through improved soil health and regenerative agriculture, adapt successfully to global warming, navigate private/public responses to climate change, and address the inequities of our ever-increasing “climate apartheid.”
#2 – Community Resilience in Agriculture During Uncertain Times
Wednesday November 4 – 12:00 – 2:00 PM MDT
This panel dives deeply into the overarching theme of the conference, illuminating creative and powerful ways that communities are coming together to survive and thrive in times of uncertainty. Our discussion will address the many unknowns of the pandemic and the ongoing harm of racism.
#3 – Collaborative Land Restoration for Resilience
Monday November 9 – 12:00 – 2:00 PM MDT
This conference has illuminated, time and time again, diversities of innovative and collaborative restoration projects.These projects work across many different ecological fields, including watershed health, ecological function, soil health, and more. This panel brings together a group of folks to discuss unique and emergent forms of collaborative land restoration.
#4 – Decolonizing Regenerative Agriculture
with the film production crew of “Gather”
Wednesday November 11 – 12:00 – 2:00 PM MDT
There is already vast knowledge in our collective histories to guide us out of climate disaster, racial inequity, and land degradation. This panel will include discussion among Indigenous and BIPOC leaders of ways we can reframe our relationship to land and how we can work together to heal soils and other natural systems, grow healthy crops and livestock, and along the way also heal ourselves. We will explore the reintroduction of Indigenous frameworks for psychological connection and relationship with our lands, with a focus on recognizing and dismantling the current extractive systems and structures that continue to colonize the minds of land stewards.
More speakers to be announced!
#5 – Creative Marketing for Expanding Regenerative Agriculture Sales
Monday November 16 – 12:00-2:00 PM MDT
The current period of extreme change has revealed a need for creative marketing of agricultural products. This panel will introduce and discuss innovative marketing ideas, including developing coalitions of ranchers and farmers to lead new efforts in processing and marketing meat; incentivizing consumers to support regenerative ranching by marketing the ecosystems services they restore and conserve (e.g. wildlife and carbon sequestration); developing online farmers markets; and marketing grass-fed beef.
#6 – Activating Where You Are: Community Engagement in Rural Spaces
Wednesday November 18 – 12:00 – 2:00 PM MDT
This session will explore different ways to be an engaged citizen in a rural community. Panelists will present and discuss their own methods for building community and addressing pressing local and national issues in order to produce positive social environmental change while living in rural places. Young agrarians and land stewards are especially welcome to join us in an exploration of ways to build the future you want to see from the place you choose to live and work!