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SARE's 20th Anniversary New American Farm Conference Highlights Innovations in Sustainable Agriculture

Jennifer Martin, CSREES, (202) 720-8188
Dena Leibman, SARE, (301) 504-5230

March 6, 2008

Farmers and ranchers are turning to sustainable agriculture to boost profits; protect the land, air and water; and continue a rewarding way of life. The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education's (SARE) 20th anniversary New American Farm Conference, March 25-27, in Kansas City, Mo., will feature two decades of groundbreaking research and innovations in sustainable agriculture.

Never before has the American public cared more about how and where its food is produced. New, lucrative markets are opening up-"natural," "organic," "local." People are growing more concerned about the equality of our nation's natural resources and the communities they sustain.

The conference will educate participants about how sustainable farming is rapidly changing the face of American agriculture. Through tours, poster and breakout sessions and workshops, conference attendees will gather new insights, experience innovative production and marketing techniques and learn about groundbreaking advancements.

The closing plenary session will feature a vision for the future of sustainable agriculture, featuring Shoshanah Inwood, the winner of SARE's New Voices Contest. SARE's 2008 New Voices Contest called for written, audio or video submissions that addressed the entrant's vision of how truly sustainable production and marketing systems would improve profitability, stewardship of the land and water, and quality of life for farmers, ranchers and their communities.

The conference is open to farmers, ranchers, teachers, researchers, students, advocates or simply curious consumers. More information is available at www.sare.org/2008conference.

SARE is funded by the USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) and works with producers, researchers, and educators to promote farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound, and good for communities. For more information, visit www.sare.org.

Through federal funding and leadership for research, education and extension programs, CSREES focuses on investing in science and solving critical issues impacting people's daily lives and the nation's future. For more information, visit www.csrees.usda.gov.