A conference on the “Futures of Farming” will be held 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Miami University’s Marcum Conference Center.
Experts from the tri-state region and across the country will discuss current agricultural efforts and future initiatives including the transfer of farmer knowledge, state approaches to the future of agriculture and the relationship between energy and agricultural practices.
The conference is free and open to the general public: farmers, policy makers, students and interested citizens are encouraged to attend.
The conference is organized by John Obrycki, Miami ’08, who received Miami’s 2008 Joanna Jackson Goldman Memorial Prize for a yearlong project to study the history and future of the agricultural community in southwestern Ohio. The conference is funded through Obrycki’s $32,000 Goldman prize, which annually allows an exceptional Miami senior to realize a dream. It is believed to be among the largest undergraduate awards in the country.
“Futures of Farming” conference discussion topics include “What do future farmers need to know;” “How does the future of energy supplies and prices affect our agricultural system;” and “How will agricultural policy affect Ohio’s farming futures.”
For a full schedule, to register, or for more information, go to www.ourfarmingfuture.org. Those interested in attending are asked to register online.