SIFA 2024 Conference

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Save the date for Food Works' Southern Illinois Farming Alliance Conference, January 27th, 2024, 9 am-4 pm at John A Logan College Conference room in Carterville, Il.

This one-of-a-kind event for Southern Illinois brings together farmers, those interested in farming, and resource organizations from across the state.

A full day of connecting with resource organizations dedicated to providing services for small to midsize farms and or those interested in farming in the southern Illinois region. Hear from two keynote speakers and get updates from Food Works of Southern Illinois while they explain everything they are doing to promote long-term farming networks that create healthy soils, healthy food, and healthy communities.

Schedule of Events:

9 am - 9:15 am: Welcome, instructions and introductions

9:15 am - 10 am: Connections with organizational trade tables

10 am - 11:00 am: KeyNote Speaker

11 am - 11:45 am: Connections with organizational trade tables

12 pm - 1:15 pm:  Lunch / Food Works SIFA Annual Overview

1:15 pm - 3:50 pm: Connections with organizational trade tables

1:30 - 2:30: Break Out 

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm: Break Out

3:50 pm - 4 pm: Closing and Thank You

Keynote Speakers

Trent Ford 


Hydroclimatologist Dr. Trent Ford is the current Illinois State Climatologist. His research interests include soil moisture, land-atmosphere interactions, and monitoring and predicting extreme climate events such as drought and heat waves. A native of Roanoke, Illinois, Ford previously was an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Resources at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He earned a bachelor’s in geography from Illinois State University before completing his master’s and PhD at Texas A&M University.


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The conference is brought to you by the Southern Illinois Farming Alliance, with support from the Illinois Farm Bureau and the USDA Transition to Organic Partnership Program.
Food Works is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a sustainable food economy in Southern Illinois.
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