Growing Fruitful Extension-Farmer Relationships to Catalyze Food Production Across Scales

This session features extension faculty and farmers who have developed productive working relationships. We will learn how these relationships impact farmers’ food production capacity and advance innovation on the farm. We will also provide practical advice on how to develop fruitful relationships.

Food Manufacturing and the Economy

This session will provide an overview of the food production industry and major statewide trends. In addition, panelists will discuss some of the macro forces, research and work throughout the four University of Missouri System universities related to this industry, including changing food prices and consumer preferences, location decision-making and supply chain limits.

Combating Missouri’s Urban Food Deserts

In this session, the panelists will explore the current state of resource availability and historical events that led to our current issues. We’ll end our discussion on how you can join the creative ways our communities are addressing the problem.

Climate, Markets and Politics: Food and Agriculture at a Generational Crossroads

We are living in a time of volatility that presages even more radical changes to come. How will we respond to these great challenges and opportunities? Will we be able to anticipate them rather than just reach to them?

From Problem to Opportunity through Collaboration: Building Resilient Community Food Systems in Missouri

Join the MU Extension Food Systems Network to learn about multi-disciplinary efforts to build resilient community food systems that create positive economic impacts, enhance food access and increase food and nutrition security for all Missourians.

Adding Value to Agriculture

The Show-Me-State Food, Beverage and Forest Products Manufacturing Initiative is a collaboration among colleges and universities, state agencies, commodity groups and industry in Missouri. Members will showcase the initiative’s potential, priorities and process in this engaging panel discussion.

Food Producer Roundtable

During this session, farmers and ranchers will tell the story of Missouri food production. Join this grassroots discussion to hear directly from the people who grow and raise food as they define the issues they currently face and discuss future opportunities for food production.

All Things Missouri: Food Security

Take a deeper dive into the topic of food security with leading experts from the field. This session will explore food security issues on multiple levels and from various perspectives using an adapted “Ignite” session format.

All Things Food Poster Session

University of Missouri faculty, students and staff will share how food-related research, community involvement, programs and other services impact Missourians.

Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice with Policy, Systems and Environmental Work

Using policy, systems and environmental community work, how do we get people to make healthy choices if they have not experienced or lived the healthy choice journey? The healthy choice path includes seeing, touching, feeling and thinking about real-time food options and access.