Friday 4-5 p.m.
The Challenge of Protecting the Whole Grain Farm with Federal Crop Insurance
Julia Barton, OEFFA, Scott Myers, Woodlyn Acres Farm, Jeff Schazhinski, NCAT
What is it going to take to find a crop insurance program that actually works for organic grain farmers? Listen from an organic farmer and leading national Whole Farm Revenue Protection Program (WFRP) expert during this informal conversation on why the WFRP isn’t living up to its promise for organic farmers. They will discuss what can be done to improve it and how organic, farmer-friendly crop insurance reform can have a tremendous positive impact on our food system.
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Unique Approaches to Farmland Access
Alex Ball, Old City Acres, Kelly Cabral, Ohio State University, Aaron Hopkins, South Side Family Farms, Ethon Pawlaczyk, Black Swamp Cattle Co.
Join this conversation with farmers who have their own innovative land access story, from renting on shared land to purchasing and restoring degraded land to working with land trusts. Learn about different methods and how to weigh the pros and cons to make finding land more affordable.
Building a Solidarity Economy: Food Justice, Domestic Fair Trade, Unions, CSAs, and Cooperatives
Elizabeth Henderson and Jon Magee, Agricultural Justice Project, Adam Utley, OEFFA
How do we transform the food system into one that embodies justice and sustainability in all their dimensions? This is a conversation for all those working to make food and farming fairer. If you’re a farm worker, farmer, food worker, processor, manufacturer, worker organizer, farmer organizer, cooperative organizer, visionary, or ally, or if you’re part of a project that works toward fair wages, safer working conditions, fair prices, ethical trading, and making the food system racially, environmentally, economically, and socially just, sustainable, and humane, please join. Let’s get up to date on what everyone is doing, make connections, and identify ways to cooperate and build power.