Keeping rural communities vibrant, where children grow up and want to come back to raise their own families, will be a common theme throughout the Feb. 16-17 Sustainable Agriculture Conference in Manhattan.
The early registration deadline for "The Well-Being of Rural Kansas" conference is Feb. 9, with $80 due for registrants who plan to attend both days. The fee for one day is $40. The cost after that date and at the door is $50 for one day and $100 for both days. The registration fee covers conference materials, refreshments and a lunch that features locally-grown foods. The event will be held at the K-State Alumni Center on the campus of Kansas State University.
This year's conference, sponsored by the Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops at K-State and the Kansas Rural Center, will address agricultural topics that impact both Kansas agricultural producers and rural communities.
Presenters will discuss an array of topics, including U.S. farm policy to promote rural well being, social justice issues, alternative energy sources, local food systems, grass-fed beef production, recent immigrants in rural Kansas, environmental issues, and the spiritual and ethical dimensions of food production and consumption.
Details and registration information for the conference are available on the Web at http://www.dce.ksu.edu/sustainableag/ or by calling K-State's Division of Continuing Education at 785-532-5575.