Schedule at a Glance
The 2023 Conference will feature 30+ educational workshops including farmer-led sessions and food system deep-dives, inspiring keynotes, and plenty of opportunities for good conversations, meaningful connections, and fun socializing.
Schedule is subject to change.
10:30am - 11am
Welcome Address & Opening Plenary
11:00am - 11:30am
7:30am - 8:30am
Welcome & Breakfast
8:30am - 9am
Breakout Session A | 11:30am-12:30pm
Lunch & Keynote with Katie Nixon | 12:30pm-1:30pm
Breakout Session B | 1:30pm-2:30pm
Snacks & Social in the Exhibit Hall | 2:30pm-3:30pm
Nebraska Fruit & Vegetable Growers Meet-Up
Breakout Session C | 3:30pm-4:30pm
Breakout Session D | 5:00pm-6:00pm
Social & Dinner | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Morning Yoga with Maggie | 7:00am - 7:50am
Breakout Session E | 9:00am-10:00am
Breakout Session F | 10:30am-11:30am
Lunch & Live Auction with NSAS | 11:30am - 12:30pm
Keynote with Bob Quinn | 12:30pm - 1:30pm
NSAS Member Meeting | 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Breakout Session G | 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Snacks & Social in the Exhibit Hall | 3:30pm-4:30pm
Silent Auction Ends @ 4:00pm
Breakout Session H | 4:30pm-5:30pm
February 3 Keynote Address
Advancing the Local Food System
From the seed that was planted from Katie’s childhood backyard garden, a love for home grown goodness has emerged and matured into the work that she does today. Her hands, head, and heart are dedicated to growing good food and building a strong resilient food system. In her keynote, she will talk about running Green Gate Family Farm with her Husband and how that informs the other work she does with West Central Missouri Community Action Agency and the Kansas City Food Hub to improve our food system. She will discuss emerging markets and how we can advance the local food system.
Katie co-operates Green Gate Family Farm, a certified Organic diversified market farm where they produce vegetables, fruits, bedding plants, eggs and flowers. Katie is a founding member and current President of the KC Food Hub, a farmer-owned and farmer-run cooperative serving the wholesale market. For West Central Missouri Community Action Agency, Katie serves as the Food Systems Director. In this role, she has brought in over $2 million in USDA and other funding to improve the regional food system.
February 4 Keynote Address
Regenerative Organic Farming
for a Resilient Food Future
The future of food begins on the farm and ends on your plate. Building on the past and the evolution of the organic movement, how can we preserve the most important ideals of the movement and move toward a more resilient, regenerative food future?
Robert “Bob” Quinn is a leader in promoting organic and sustainable agriculture and co-author of the book "Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food." After finishing a PhD in plant biochemistry, Bob took over his family's conventional grain and cattle farm in 1978, started experimenting with organic production in 1986, used the last chemical application on the farm in 1988, and was 100% certified organic by 1991. As demand for organics grew, Bob discovered that with time-tested practices like cover cropping and crop rotation, he can produce successful yields—without pesticides.