Conference Structure

Join us for three days of innovative local food education open to producers, institutions, professionals, consumers  and students dedicated in a sustainable food system.

Two Farm Tours
Nov 1:  Protein and Specialty Crop Farm Tours

Educational Conference Nov 2-3 at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Springfield, MO that will include:

8- 9 am: Registration, open trade show

9:00 am: Keynote address “Scaling-Up Your Local Food Economy” from Anthoney Flaccavento, CEO of SCALE

10:00 am breakout sessions
Producing for Institutional Purposes, Jean Grabel Springfield R-12 and Jeff Tynes with Springfield Grocers

Maddy and Kim Coulter, Peak View Farms, Effective Marketing and Branding for Your Business

11:15 am: Anthoney Flaccavento, CEO of SCALE, The Pros and Cons of Selling Through a Food Hub and How to Plan

Noon to 1:45 pm Lunch on your own (see program for suggestions)

2:00 pm: Breakouts
FSMP: Looking Towards the Future of Food Safety, Patrick Byers, MU Extension

All Apples Aren’t Created Equal, A & A Orchard, Learn the process A & A Orchard took to make their produce stand apart from the rest

3:15 pm: Social break and trade show

4:15 pm Breakouts
Successful Selling Tips When Working Through Restaurants, TBA

The Proof is in the Packaging, Quapaw Chairman Berry and Chris Roper with Downstream Casino and Quapaw Nation

Friday, Nov 3
Registration 7:30 am to 8 am, visit with trade show

8:30 am Morning Keynote: Creating the Ozarks Food Hub to Serve our Region (Discussion the Ozarks Food Hub Study and Greenhouse Project) Mike Chiles and Lane McConnell

10:00 am Breakouts
Marina Backes, Circle B Ranch: Cutting Edge from the Pasture to the Plate

Accessing Your On Farm Risk, American National Insurance

11:00 am Breakouts
Building Your Brand at the Wholesome Level, TBA

Local Food Programs to Finance Your Farm/Biz, USDA Rural Development, Farm Credit Services

12:15 -1:45 pm (Lunch on your own- see guide for suggestions)

1:45 pm Breakouts
5 Signs Your Brand is Stale: Rebranding Your Business, Lane McConnell, AgriComm Services and FMO

Financing Your Value-Added Business

2:30 pm Break with tradeshow

3:15 pm Ten Key Considerations to Successfully Scale-Up Your Farm, Pam Duitsman, MU Extension

National Speakers

Anthony Flaccavento, President of SCALE
Anthony fosters bottom up community environmental and economic development as a farmer, advocate, consultant, and author.

Anthony is an organic farmer and has been working on community environmental and economic development in central Appalachia for the past 25 years. SCALE, Inc, is a private consulting business dedicated to catalyzing and supporting ecologically healthy regional economies and food systems. SCALE works with community leaders, farmers, foundations, economic development agencies and others in Appalachia, and other communities.

Register today by clicking here for the Conference Registration Form.  The three day conference is $150 per person or $75 for students. Scholarships are available for producers thanks to a generous sponsorship through the Walton Foundation.

For information about sponsorship, the trade show or general information please contact Lane McConnell at 417.766.8711 or

The 1st Annual New Food Conference is a regional local food conference focusing on technology, funding, marketing and education geared towards building the local food industry across the Ozarks region. The conference’s goal is to help enable local food growers to scale-up operations to fulfill the growing demand of local food that is grown, raised and produced across Southern Missouri and Northwest Arkansas.