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Every December, hundreds of beginning farmers from across the United States gather at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York to learn from agricultural luminaries, peers, and advocacy organizations at the Young Farmers Conference. On December 8-9, 2016, Stone Barns Center will host the 9th annual Young Farmers Conference, providing participants with access to inspiring keynotes and unique workshops that address soil science, technical skills, agricultural policy, farm business management, conservation and more.


IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE 2016 YOUNG FARMERS CONFERENCE

Preconference: TBD
Main Conference: December 8-9

Call for Workshop Proposals Opens: April 18
Call for Workshop Proposals Closes: June 15
Scholarship Application Process Opens: August 1
Scholarship Application Process Closes: August 10
Attendee Registration Lottery Opens: September 6
Attendee Registration Lottery Closes: September 19


CALL FOR PROPOSALS

To submit a proposal to present a workshop at YFC, click here.
To submit a proposal to be a Farm Business Consultant at YFC, click here.
The call for proposals closes at 5:00 pm on June 13, 2016

LOTTERY REGISTRATION

This year, registration for the conference will be by lottery. Beginning farmers (farming 10 years or less) will be given registration preference. Lottery registration will open at 9:00 am on September 6 and close at 5:00 pm on September 19.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Stone Barns Center offers a limited number of scholarships to this year’s conference, for farmers who otherwise would not be able to attend. The application process will open at 9:00 am on August 1 and close at 5:00 pm on August 10.

SPONSORSHIP
The Young Farmers Conference is presented with support from generous sponsors and partners. For information about 2016 sponsorship opportunities, please contact Laura Neil at lauran@stonebarnscenter.org.

GENERAL INQUIRIES
yfc@stonebarnscenter.org  –  
914 366 6200 x134


Click here to see and hear presentations from the 2015 Young Farmers Conference.

Click here to see and hear presentations from the 2014 Young Farmers Conference.

Click here to view the 2015 conference brochure.

Click here to view the 2014 conference brochure.

Click here to view the 2013 conference brochure.


PRESS ABOUT THE YOUNG FARMERS CONFERENCE

2015: National Geographic, Planting New Farmers for the Future of Food

2015: Civil Eats, For Young Farmers, Big Questions Surface at National Gathering

2014: The Wall Street Journal, Rookie Farmers Get the Dirt on How to Make it Work

2014: The Journal News, Young Farmers: the New Face of the Local Food Movement

2014: Innovation Trail, Teaching Sustainable Business to Young Farmers

2014: The Huffington Post, Where Agriculture and Climate Change Meet

2014: New York Times, Dot Earth: On Smaller Farms, Including Organic Farms, Technology and Tradition Meet

2012: New York Times, Satisfying the Need for Dirty Fingernails

2011: National Public Radio, Who are the Young Farmers of ‘Generation Organic’

 

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