NFU Presents: Growing for the Future

FU Conference Alternate Online

Growing for the Future is a unique online, interactive virtual conference focused on beginning farmer and rancher issues, including: mentorship, business planning, USDA programs women and veterans in farming, conservation and much more!

The conference is completely online, and features farmer-to-farmer webinars, live Q & A, a discussion board, a resource center and free giveaways! Register now for free to join us in December for this unique opportunity!

December 5-8, 5pm-8pm EST


How To Participate After Registering


Tentative Agenda

December 5th

Tom Driscoll – Grant Writing 101
Paul Goeringer – Managing Legal Risk on the Farm
Harrison Topp – Less Than or Equal To: Turning Mentor Relationships into Healthy Business Partnerships (LIVE 5pm EST)
Eric Sannerud TEDx Talk – To Save Farming We Have To Save Farmers (Live 7PM EST Q&A w/ Eric)

December 6th

Barbara Patterson – Farm Bill Breakdown
Sarah Campbell & Allison Bridges – NAP: How it Benefits Beginning Farmers

Michael Kovach – Sticking With It: Surviving the ‘Seven Year Itch
Brian Massey (Interview) – Urban Farming as a Beginning Farmer

December 7th

Bridget Holcomb – Managing Your Farm/Businesses/Nonprofit: It All Comes Down to Communication
Michael O’Gorman – Beginning Farmer Needs for Veterans
FarmHer – Live Q&A, 7:00PM ET
Lisa Kivirist – How She Does It: Women Farmers Generating Income through Diversification

December 8th

Bill Stevenson – Co-Ops 101
Ben Dye – MachineryLink Sharing 
JoAnn Baumgartner – Biodiversity on the Farm
Tom Giessel – Farmers Union Progressive

Thank you to our partners!



Learn more about our partners!

United States Department of Agriculture

Farmer Veteran Coalition

Women Food & Ag Network

Machinery Link Solutions

National Young Farmers Coalition

Farm Link


Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Services

Slow Food USA

Center for Rural Affairs

Agriculture and Land-based Training Association

Farmers Market Coalition

Sustainable Food Center

Springdale Farm – Austin, TX

Sustainable Seed Company

Johnny’s Select Seeds

Red Ants Pants

Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute


BARN Media

Denver Urban Gardens