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We are the best of two worlds: The Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show offers expertise from practitioners who have been in the field for decades, and information from top experts who are leading the industry in innovation. This strategy helps Acres U.S.A. achieve its primary goal – to make this the most useful conference on agriculture that you’ve ever attended.

Attendee Registration is open!

Eco-Ag U

The cornerstone of our conference, these intensive, daylong courses allow attendees full-day classroom environments to spend with expert instructors. Taught by eco-farming’s top consultants, practitioners and thinkers, these workshops offer an in-depth dive into the biggest issues facing farmers today. You can also earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

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Seminars

Get access to successful large-scale farmers, leading consultants and cutting-edge scientists during the two days’ worth of presentations from some of the world’s leading authorities and practitioners of ecological agriculture. The best part? Ask them questions specific to your needs and your farm and get answers.

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Acres U.S.A. Bookstore

Acres U.S.A. displays hundreds of books on eco-farming, from practical how-tos to in-depth conceptual reads, and we’ll have many of our bestselling titles on-site for you to purchase. Some of our speakers are also authors, and those titles will be available, and maybe even signed. Start your farming library at our conference, so the learning never stops.

Check out Acres U.S.A.’s Bookstore

Trade Show

Meet some of the top innovators in agriculture who will connect you with the tactics, supplies and information you need to take your operation to another level. Here you will find an invaluable extension of the conference, with solutions for farming at a higher level from more than 100 companies.

Trade Show

Book Signings

Many of our speakers are also authors! Book signing sessions in between sessions are a great opportunity to follow up with speakers, gather some more great information and get a fun memento from the conference.

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Round Table Discussions

Intimate, topic-driven sessions allow you to create a dialogue with fellow attendees around a shared interest in critically relevant topics to sustainable agriculture.

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Eco-Consulting Hall

Leading advisors in eco-agriculture can be found in dedicated rooms throughout the conference and leading small group discussions. Be prepared to get specific, tailored answers by bringing your soil audits, yield data, herd health records, etc.

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Film Screenings

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the conference to see some of the latest ecologically focused agriculture and healthy food films screened on each day of the conference.

Film Screenings

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Testimonials

Check out what our attendees are saying about the Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show

“Love this conference! It’s one I greatly look forward to each year. I enjoy the new and more seasoned presenters. I usually catch one of the film screenings – this is the first year I didn’t even catch partial – too much to do. Really enjoy the cocktail mingle, meet and greet, the supply of water, the quality of the vendors, speakers. The layout and flow of the whole conference is one of the better ones and why it’s easy to come back year after year.”

“This was the best conference for ‘wealth of information’ I’ve ever attended.” 

“The vast amount of knowledge at the conference was palpable and I feel fortunate to have learned from some of the leaders in this movement. Thank you for giving Eco Ag a space in the farming world and for giving voice to the regenerative movement. I have so much to think about and apply to my farming operations. THANK YOU!!”

“The Eco-Ag University sessions are why I come and am willing to travel long distance. Very much appreciate being able to go in depth with one presenter for 1 or 2 days.”

Volunteers

Want to attend the Acres U.S.A. Conference for the best price ever … free?!

Acres U.S.A. will waive your registration fee for the two-and-a-half-day conference in exchange for 8 hours of volunteer work. Your volunteer name badge, which will be waiting for you at the conference, is your admission ticket to the lectures, keynote addresses, trade show, workshops and movie screenings when you are not committed to a shift.

Volunteer shifts begin the Saturday, December 7 and run through the evening of Thursday, December 12.

Your free admission is not guaranteed until shifts are assigned.

While volunteering 8 hours covers admission to the two-and-a-half-day main conference, December 10-12, it does not include the Eco-Ag U advanced learning seminars, Dec. 9-10. If you would like to attend the Eco-Ag U advanced learning seminars, we will discount a 1- or 2-day registration by $200.00. Please call 800-355-5313 to register for the discounted Eco-Ag U seminars and mention you are a volunteer in order to receive the discount.

Detailed instructions will follow once shifts are assigned. We rely heavily on your help to make this conference a success, and we thank you in advance for your assistance. Contact Rachel Wobeter at rwobeter@acresusa.com or 970-392-5627 with questions. We look forward to seeing you in Minneapolis!

FAQ

 

  1. Where is the conference held?
  2. How do I get into the conference? What time should I be there?
  3. What parts of the main conference will I miss if I attend an Eco-Ag U workshop on Tuesday?
  4. I can only attend one day of Eco-Ag U and not the Conference & Trade Show — is there an Eco-Ag U only pass that I can purchase?
  5. May I register on-site for Eco-Ag U?
  6. I have an exhibitor badge, do I need to register for Eco-Ag U?
  7. Do I need to register to walk around the trade show? When will it be open?
  8. Will there be books for sale at the conference?
  9. What food is available?
  10. Can I bring my child?
  11. What is the local airport?
  12. What if I have to cancel?
  13. Can I transfer my registration if I can’t make it?
  14. I have other questions. Who do I ask?
  15. Is there pre-reading?

Where is the conference held?

All conference activities will be held downtown Minneapolis, MN, inside the Hyatt Regency 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403.

How do I get into the conference? What time should I be there?

Registration is required for all conference activities. Registration will open May 1, 2019. Please check our website or call 1-800-355-5313 for registration information. Your name badge is your pass to the conference and trade show. Be sure to wear it to all conference events. You will receive your name badge and other conference materials THE DAY OF THE WORKSHOP at 7:00 a.m. Class begins at 8:30 a.m. both days:

If you pre-registered for the 2-Day Eco-Ag U & Conference Pass, then you are attending two days of Eco-Ag University (Monday, December 9 AND Tuesday, December 10) and the main conference & trade show (December 10-12). You must choose both workshops as you register; most workshops sell out.

If you pre-registered for the 1-Day Eco-Ag U & Conference Pass, then you are attending one day of Eco-Ag U. (Monday, December 9 OR Tuesday, December 10) plus the main conference (December 10-12). You must choose a workshop when you register; most workshops sell out.

If you are pre-registered for the Conference & Trade Show only (December 10-12), pick up your name badge and conference materials after 12 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10. Signage in the hotel will direct you to the registration and information area.

What parts of the main conference will I miss if I attend an Eco-Ag U workshop on Tuesday?

Eco-Ag U classes on Tuesday, December 10 will conclude at 5 p.m. The Welcome Reception will start at 5 p.m. and the keynote at 7:30. Early conference arrivals will get to attend introductory Eco-Ag sessions.

I can only attend one day of Eco-Ag U and not the Conference & Trade Show — is there an Eco-Ag U only pass that I can purchase?

No. The all-day Eco-Ag U advanced learning courses are only offered as a package with the main conference. We are not able to offer à la carte pricing. These are popular courses with limited class sizes, so they’re only open to conference attendees.

May I register on-site for Eco-Ag U?

Eco-Ag U workshops have limited space and do sell out before the event. No. Pre-registration is strongly recommended to secure your spot in your workshop(s) of choice.

I have an exhibitor badge, do I need to register for Eco-Ag U?

Yes. Exhibitor badges are valid for the main conference only, but you may upgrade your badge to include an Eco-Ag U advanced learning workshop. Pre-registration is required and these tend to sell out, so please upgrade early. You can upgrade by calling 970-392-4464.

Do I need to register to walk around the trade show? When will it be open?

Yes. A conference name badge is required for entrance to the trade show, which will open to registrants on Monday, December 9, at 5 p.m. The trade show will be open Wednesday and Thursday, December 11-12, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., respectively. There are no trade show-only badges.

Will there be books for sale at the conference?

Yes. Acres U.S.A. is bringing our eco-farming bookstore with hundreds of titles. We accept cash, checks and all major credit cards.

What food is available?

We have a food vendor on the Trade Show floor who will be serving breakfast, lunch and snacks on Thursday and Friday. They will be serving food during trade show hours, which opens before the first lecture each day. Be sure to come by for breakfast! Food is also available in the host hotel and at restaurants and cafes within walking distance.

Can I bring my child?

This is a professional seminar with intensive lectures and is not conducive to very young children. Children may disrupt attendees who have traveled far to learn at this event. People do bring children, however, they must be watched and cared for. Children of 14+ should register as a student.

What is the local airport?

The Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (airport code MSP) is served by major airlines, making travel convenient from anywhere in the world. The airport is located just 10 miles from downtown Minneapolis and the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis where the conference and trade show are being held.

What if I have to cancel?

Sorry, no refunds.

Eco-Ag University (2-Day Eco-Ag U or 1-Day Eco-Ag U passes) cancellations received through November 8, 2019, are entitled to an 80% credit to be applied to Acres U.S.A. subscriptions, books, DVDs, audio CDs or future conference fees.

Since Eco-Ag U classroom sizes are strictly limited and sessions sell out, your cancellation prevents others from attending. Accordingly, no credit is given for Eco-Ag U cancellations after December 2, 2019 and no-shows. Your registration can be transferred to someone else’s name if you cannot attend; please contact our office.

Main Conference cancellations received through, November 29, 2019, are entitled to an 80% credit to be applied to Acres U.S.A. subscriptions, books, DVDs, audio CDs or future conference fees.

Main Conference cancellations/no-shows received November 29 – December 31, 2019, can receive a 50% credit.

Can I transfer my registration if I can’t make it?

Yes. You can transfer your registration before November 8, 2019, by calling Katrina Harms at the Acres U.S.A. office at 1-800-355-5313 or by emailing events@acresusa.com. After December 2, 2019, the transfer will be made on-site at the event. Have that person claim your registration on-site and we’ll make a new name badge there.

I have other questions. Who do I ask?

Please call the Acres U.S.A. office at 1-800-355-5313 and ask for the events team or email events@acresusa.com.

Is there Pre-Reading?

There can be. Check out our collection of books by authors speaking this year at conference.