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Tilth Conference: Request for Proposals & Recommendations

The annual Tilth Conference takes place every November. Over the course of three days, farmers, food system professionals, researchers and educators have the opportunity to learn and network.

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Request for Proposals and Recommendations

Application Deadline

Extended! July 16, 2018

About the Conference

The Tilth Conference takes place in November to celebrate the slowing down of the production season. Over the course of three days, farmers, food system professionals, researchers and educators have the opportunity to learn from one another and share best practices, catch up with old friends, and make new connections. Covering a range of scales, experience levels, and interests, knowledgeable presenters speak on topics such as crop and livestock production, pest and weed management, marketing, certifications, land access, and opportunities and challenges in sustainable and organic agriculture. An industry trade show takes place throughout the weekend as well as a farm tour, keynote speeches and social events providing attendees with numerous networking opportunities.

Presentation Details

The goal of the conference sessions is to provide educational opportunities that meet the needs of sustainable and organic producers and other agricultural professionals at both beginning and advanced levels. Presentations that focus on a specific topic, skill, or system will be given preference (e.g., a workshop about management of one or two pests would be preferred over one that attempts to discuss all the different pests that affect a crop). Below are suggested focus topics for presentations. Additional topics may be considered.

  • Organic/sustainable livestock production
  • Organic/sustainable production methods for produce, seeds, grains, floriculture or nursery crops
  • Pest, disease and weed management
  • Soil and water
  • Marketing 
  • Business planning and finances
  • Food safety
  • Certifications and regulations
  • Land access
  • Labor management
  • Equity, anti-racism and social justice
  • Farm infrastructure, equipment and tools

Session Formats

The conference program will include a variety of presentation formats:

  • Lecture presentations. Traditional presentations approximately 60-90 minutes in length (45-75 min. speaking, 15 min. question-and-answer) will be organized into themed “tracks.” Selected presentation proposals will be invited to deliver hour-long presentations and/or serve on panel discussions.
  • Interactive workshops. Topics suitable for extensive audience interaction (such as Q&A, technical assistance, etc.) will be organized into themed workshops, about 120 minutes in length (90 min speaking, 30 min question-and-answer).
  • Panel discussions. Panel discussions may range from 60-120 minutes in length depending on the topic, number of speakers, etc. They can be either lecture style where a moderator asks questions of the panel or more interactive where the panel leads and activity with the audience. 

Lecture and workshop presenters can expect 30–100 people to attend each session. Presentations may include PowerPoint slides and other visual aids, though this is not necessary if presenters wish to employ a more interactive, discussion-based approach. 

Lecture and workshop presenters will be compensated with discounted conference registration.


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