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2021 Conference

How many times have you and your farm team opted to “divide and conquer” in order to attend more Future Harvest conference sessions? For 2021, we’re making it possible for you to attend every single session! Our virtual conference will not only bring even more regional and national farmers together to mix and mingle, but allows attendees to watch all the sessions in the weeks following the live, virtual conference!

We’ll also have some new, unique experiences for attendees:

  • Two keynote addresses
  • Interactive Farmer Awards 
  • Breakout sessions to allow deeper dives into topics with your peers
  • Customizable attendee profiles to help you meet attendees who share your interests
  • A Virtual Exhibit Hall where you can interact with vendors
  • Recorded sessions for later viewing
  • Prizes and perks for early bird registrations

Plus, we'll have the same great learning opportunities and events we have every year:

  • Expert-led, in-depth farming and food pre-conference intensives
  • Two packed conference days for advanced and beginning farmers, foodpreneurs, and educators
  • Farmer-to-Farmer Roundtables
  • More than 20 sessions and workshops organized by track
  • One-on-one business and marketing training
  • Annual membership meeting
  • Annual photo contest and farmer awards

2021 Keynote Speakers: 


Farmer, Author, Lecturer, Social Entrepreneur, and Accountant

Dodo FarmsUniversity of Maryland IAA


Farmer, Writer, Activist Sylvanaqua Farms

Schedule at a Glance:

Thursday, January 14th
8:00 am - 2:00 pm Virtual Exhibit Hall Open
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Pre-Conference Intensives
Friday, January 15th
8:00 am - 2:00 pm Virtual Exhibit Hall Open
9:00 - 9:15 am Opening Remarks
9:15 - 9:45 am Opening Keynote - Tope Fajingbesi
10:00 am - 11:00 am Session I
11:15 am - 12:15 pm Session II
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:45 pm -  2:45 pm Farmer-to-Farmer Rountables
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm One-on-One Sessions
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Farmer Awards & Interactive Dinner
Saturday, January 16th
8:00 am - 2:00 pm Virtual Exhibit Hall Open
8:00 am - 8:45 am Membership Meeting
9:00 am - 9:15 am Opening Remarks
9:15 am - 9:45 am Keynote Speaker - Chris Newman
10:00 am - 11:00 am Session III
11:15 am - 12:15 pm Session IV
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm Membership Meeting
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm One-on-One Sessions

See examples of previous years’ conference programs, speakers, schedules, and feedback from attendees HERE.

For Sponsors and Exhibitors:

  • Increased logo visibility
  • Customizable profile page to include promotional materials, videos, links, and more
  • Tech support available to create your virtual exhibitor booth
  • Opportunity to sponsor tracks, special sessions, pre-conference workshops, lunch, and networking events
  • Complimentary registrations
  • Shoutouts on social media and more!
  • CLICK HERE to reserve a virtual booth, become a sponsor, or purchase an ad in the Digital Program Book

Photo Contest:

We are currently accepting submissions for our annual Grow, Eat, Shoot! photo contenst, which awards cash prizes and free conference registration to winners. When submitting your workshop photos, please keep in mind the photos should depict one or more of the following themes.

These themes are purposefully broad -- use your creativity and imagination, and try to capture innovations or moments that advance economic, environmental, and/or social sustainability within these guidelines. We seek images that reflect the diversity of our foodshed in terms of phone types of farms, as well as the racial, gender, and cultural diversity of our farmers. Note that photographs will not be judged per theme; there is only one overall Grand Prize; and two overall Runner-Up awards. The deadline to submit photos is November 15, 2020.

  • Fruit, Vegetable, Nuts, & Grain Production
  • Resilience and Farming During the Pandemic
  • Agriculture & the Environment
  • Business of Farming
  • Grazing: Livestock and Poultry
  • Made Local: Artisanal & Value-Added Foods
  • Health, Food, & Community
  • Sustainable Fisheries
  • Pollinators
  • Innovations in Sustainable Growing Practices
  • Agriculture Education
  • Farmers of Color
  • New Immigrant Farmers


COVID-19 NOTE: While there remains much uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic, what we know without a doubt is this: Farmers are facing unprecedented challenges, and the need for exploring best practices, sharing lessons learned, and connecting with their peers will be greater than ever. That’s why we are committed to hosting our annual conference in 2021 online and look forward to connecting everyone safely through technology.