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This is our annual event, providing a forum to learn about sustainable farming techniques and marketing strategies, community food systems, and federal farm policies and programs that promote sustainable agriculture. This event also provides producers, researchers, information providers, concerned consumers and community organizers the opportunity to build networks, strengthen alliances, and celebrate the achievements of Southern sustainable farmers.

Our conference is, as always, loaded with practical information tailored for those in the South producing organic and sustainable food on a commercial scale and for those in our region working to improve local food systems. All conference sessions, pre-conference courses and field trips will be led by successful producers and well-respected educators and organizers from around the region with extensive knowledge and, more importantly, practical experience.

Little Rock, located between the fertile Delta and the beautiful Ozarks, is a growing hot-spot for the local foods movement and is a natural fit for us!

Full details on our 2019 Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms conference available soon! Sign up to our email list for the latest info about the conference and timely articles about what is going on in the South’s sustainable agriculture community.

Scholarship Opportunity for Short Course at the 2019 SSAWG Conference

Southern SAWG is pleased to announce that we will be offering a limited number of $500 travel scholarships along with free tuition for farmer-mentor teams to participate in the January 23-24, 2019 Growing Farm Profits Short Course in Little Rock, Arkansas.
This Short Course will precede the SSAWG 2019 Annual Conference. Interested applicants must apply as two member teams, one member being a diversified horticulture or livestock farmer and the other from an organization seeking to provide support to the farmer member (extension, non-profit, loan officer, technical college, etc).
Selected teams will agree to participate in the Growing Farm Profits training program that teaches practical methods for understanding and tracking profitability on the farm, and provides a variety of tools to manage the farm for profit. The course has a proven track record for improving farm profitability for participants and this year, for the first time, the needs of both horticulture and livestock producers will addressed. More details here.

This course will cover:

  • Managing for profitability
  • Evaluating market channels
  • Investing in equipment
  • Keeping records that matter
  • Calculating profitability
  • Controlling labor costs
  • Using crop and livestock budgets
  • Discovering true cost of production
  • Pricing products
  • Useful record keeping tools


This event is not hosted by ASAN. As one of ASAN’s roles is to share information and resources across our network so as to maximize all of our impact, we routinely post events that we ourselves are not hosting. If you have questions regarding this event, please contact event organizers rather than ASAN.

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