Conference programs are now online and ready for download for both the SFA Annual Conference and Midwest Soil Health Summit, so get a head start before the conferences and see how each day is shaping up.
Remember that the SFA Annual Conference does not provide food with registration; instead, you’ll enjoy a lengthy break, eat at St. Ben’s terrific cafeteria, walk to one of the local-foods restaurants in St. Joe, or bring a sack lunch.
HOWEVER, there are informational sessions held during the lunch hour, and a limited number of lunches will be provided to those who RSVP. Learn how to RSVP on our AC schedule page.
Registration for the SFA Annual Conference begins at 7:15 a.m.
Space is still available for our Leaders Breakfast, set for 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 13 at the Annual Conference. You MUST purchase a $15 ticket for this breakfast and may do so online or at the door. Only those possessing paper tickets will be admitted; online ticket-buyers will find a ticket in their name tag at St. Ben’s. Don’t get hangry (hungry-angry) that morning – have breakfast with us!
Are you sensing a food theme here? Lakewinds Co-op is providing a bevy of cheese for our Annual Conference end-of-day social hour, and Kelsey Wulf has planned a great lineup of local drinks to sample from, including Goat Ridge Brewing and Third Street Brewhouse. To continue the fun after the social hour ends, St. Joseph has several fine bars and restaurants across the street from the campus.
Switching to the Midwest Soil Health Summit, we are expecting a sellout, and though we will likely not turn anyone away from the programming there may be some latecomers who do not get lunch due to catering constraints. If you are still thinking about registering for the MSHS, do so NOW by noon on Feb. 16 and guarantee your lunch ticket.
MSHS registration opens at 9:30 a.m. and programming begins at 1 p.m. with “Soil Science Basics” with John Mesko. This class is geared toward nonfarmers and soil beginners and is completely free and open to all – veteran farmers and soil experts will likely not benefit from this class. If you are registered for the MSHS but do not wish to attend “Soil Science Basics,” note that the first session, “Intro to Soil Biology” with Dr. Michael Lehman, is at 2:30 p.m.
Remember that both conference facilities have food and beverages available all day. The St. Ben’s snack bar is right next to the registration desk at the Annual Conference; its superb cafeteria is right in the Gorecki Center; and McGlynn’s Sport Café, located in the Haehn Campus Center, opens at 11 a.m. Arrowwood’s Lake Cafe is on the main floor of the resort across from hotel registration, and the upstairs Rafters Lounge is open in the evenings for drinks and food.
Finally, rooms are still available at Arrowwood for the conference rate of $105. Call the resort at 1.866.386.5263 to reserve.