Small Acreage and Land Entrepreneur Conference

2018 Conference information will be posted after the first of the year.


Gain practical knowledge and explore the possibilities for your small acreage at this informative conference.

The northwest region agriculture specialists will be hosting the Small Acreage and Land Entrepreneur conference.
The conference will be a day-long learning opportunity for people who are excited to learn more about opportunities
with a small acreage and ways they can make income on their land.

Click here for registration and schedule:

Saturday, March 4, 2017

9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Registration & Networking begin at 8:30 a.m.

Spratt Hall, Missouri Western State University St. Joseph, MO

$40 per person if received by February 27

$60 per person after February 27 or at the door

Youth - $25 by February 27, $30 after February 27

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The conference will feature concurrent tracks of sessions. The sessions will be timed so that attendees can move from
track to track as they wish. Presentations are scheduled to last 30 minutes followed by 10 minutes for questions. Fof
attendees who wish to switch tracks to attend another session, five minutes are scheduled between each session.


Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

Track 4

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Registration, networking & displays

Registration, networking & displays

Registration, networking & displays

Registration, networking & displays

9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

(Session 1)

Bee Keeping
Raymond Heldenbrand, Beekeeper

(1.5 hour session)


Financial Resources for Small Farms

FCS Financial, Mo. Dept. of Ag, USDA-FSA, & SARE

Attracting Pollinators to your Property

Jeff Powelson, MDC

9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

(Session 2)


Growing Blueberries

Tim Baker, MU Extension

Advocating for Agriculture

Rod Barr, Northwest Missouri State University Agriculture Department

Conservation Resources for Small Farms

USDA-FSA, USDA-NRCS, & Mo. Dept. of Conservation

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.





11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

(Session 3)

Pastured Poultry Production

Amie Schleicher, MU Extension

Pond & Fish Management

Joe Lawler, MDC

Selling at a Farmers Market

Jenna Williams, Lincoln University

The Care and Feeding of Your Septic System

Jim Crawford,
MU Extension

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p. m.





1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

(Session 4)

Planning, Establishing, & Renovating Windbreaks

Hank Stelzer, MU Extension

Horticulture Topic

Tom Fowler, MU Extension

Missouri Fence Law

Randa Doty, MU Extension

Saving Old Windows and Making them Energy Efficient

Jim Crawford,
MU Extension

1:45 - 2:00 p.m.





2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

(Session 5)

Missouri Managed Woods Program

Hank Stelzer, MU Extension

Cover Crops & Soil Health

Wayne Flanary, MU Extension

Evaluating Your Resources

Katie Neuner, MU Extension

Basics of Growing Mushrooms on Logs

Lonnie Messbarger, MDC

2:45 - 3:30 p.m.

(Session 6)


Taking a Soil Test & Interpreting the Results

Wayne Flanary, MU Extension

Direct Sales of Grass Fed Beef

Kim Wells, Wells Family Farms

Advanced Growing Mushrooms on Logs

Jason Braunecker, Fellers Farm, LLC

 **Speakers, times and topics subject to change. 
For most current schedule, please view the conference website:


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If you need further information, please call 660-582-8101 or email us at nodawayco@missouri,edu