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Hannibal Seminar Focuses on Saving Family Farms

 Hannibal Seminar Focuses on Saving Family Farms

The public is invited to participate in the New Beginnings Leadership Tour on Monday, July 28, at the Hannibal Quality Inn and Suites. The day-long seminar will present strategies to help preserve family farms, promote sustainable agriculture, and build local and regional markets. The event is hosted by the Missouri Farmers Union.

Speakers include the National Farmers Union’s Brooks Dailey, Senator Wes Shoemyer, former Lt. Governor Joe Maxwell, MFU President Russ Kremer, former Missouri Tourism Director John Robinson and other experts on sustainable agriculture. The event immediately gets to the meat of matters with a no-holds-barred press conference on farm issues including (but not limited to) factory farming, ethanol production, the federal Farm Bill, and farmer seed retention.

The press conference is being held in conjunction with MFU’s New Beginnings Leadership Tour. The Leadership Tour is an opportunity for individuals to learn a wide variety of topics and skills related to family farms. Anybody can attend the event by registering with the New Beginnings Tour (573)659-4787 ext 302, or email Below is a schedule for the day long event:

8:30 Press Conference

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks by Senator Wes Shoemyer

9:15 a.m. Introduction Activity

9:45 a.m. Family Farm Agriculture and Farmers Union 101

Brooks Dailey, National Farmers Union

10:45 a.m. “Building Confidence” Media Training and Public Speaking

John Robinson, Robinson Thought Propulsion and former Missouri Tourism Director

11:30 a.m. “It’s Okay” Creating New Opportunities in Today’s Changing World

Joe Maxwell , former Missouri Lieutenant Governor

Noon “Unlock Your Power” Luncheon

Russ Kremer, Missouri Farmers Union President

1 – 2:15 p.m. Breakout Session 1:

“Politically Correct” Effective Advocacy and Communication or

“Championing the Chair” Parliamentary Procedure and Effective Meetings

2:30—3:15 p.m. Breakout Session 2: Opportunities in Sustainable Agriculture

Bill McKelvey, Sustainable Agriculture Program, University of Missouri-Columbia or

“Have a Plan”: For your Operation, Your Community and Yourself

Jill Lucht, Community Policy Analysis Center, University of Missouri-Columbia

3:30 p.m. Closing Session Senator Wes Shoemyer