ACRES USA Conference 2000 Speaker Line Up, Minneapolis, Dec 7-9

Allan Balliett igg at
Wed Nov 8 23:59:14 EST 2000

This is one of the most important annual conferences in 
eco-agriculture. This information is apparently NOT on the web 
currently. I chose to go to Acres this year because Jerry Brunetti, 
Elaine Ingham and Kenny Ausubel are speaking (as well as Phil 
Callahan!) Information on dates and costs are at the ACRES page at  Hope to see you there! -Allan Balliett

Acres U.S.A. Conference 2000 Speaker Lineup

7:30-8:30 p.m.
Wherefore the Dash?
Charles Walters
We are all familiar with the vital statistics on a tombstone or at 
the top of an encyclopedia entry: the date of birth, a dash, then 
another date signaling the end of the event, be it the life of a 
human being, the rise and fall of an empire, or the history of a 
business. We tend to focus on the two dates, but it is the "dash" 
that really matters, a mute punctuation mark standing in for all the 
years when the main action occurred   the years when a fortune was 
made, a government fell, or a breakthrough accomplished. The entry 
for Acres U.S.A. would read, 1971-, including a story with many years 
left in it. It is the story of a small, iconoclastic journal. It was 
a process of learning as we went, assembling what was already known 
but lost in university files or government archives, and trying to 
figure out what we will know in the future. Acres U.S.A. founder 
Charles Walters delivers a sweeping yet incisive assessment of 
eco-farming past, present and future as seen through the prism of his 
own experience.

8:30-9:30 p.m.
What Really Happens in Food "Processing"?
Sally Fallon
If conventional agricultural practices haven't bereaved our foods of 
critical, life-serving vitamins and minerals, the act of churning 
food items into bars and patties has sealed the nail on the coffin. 
Food processing seriously depletes food of the few remaining 
vitamins, minerals, oils and enzymes, replacing them with metals and 
harmful chemicals that result in increased incidences of allergies, 
illnesses, and general malnutrition. Educating yourself about the 
dangers posed by processed "convenience foods" is the first step to 
saving your health and the health of those you love.

7:30-8:30 p.m.
When Healing Becomes a Crime
Kenny Ausubel
A great narrator and visionary, Kenny Ausubel tells the story of one 
of the most revealing clashes between a maverick healer and the 
medical establishment that fought tooth and nail to alienate him from 
modern medicine. Harry Hoxsey learned the secrets of healing from 
nature, and he logged a dizzying record of success as he used his 
knowledge to treat cancer. Sadly, his efforts brought nothing but 
scorn from the practitioners of conventional medicine. The story of 
Harry Hoxsey is one to live by; he was a dreamer, a fighter and above 
all, a follower of truth who believed in his work. Kenny Ausubel 
exposes the failure of the AMA's War on Cancer, revealing how 
yesterday's unorthodox treatments are emerging as tomorrow's medicine.

8:30-9:30 p.m.
Driving Genetically Modified Foods from the Marketplace & Building 
Farmer-Consumer Links
Ronnie Cummins
Stormy debates about genetically engineered food raged through Asia, 
South America and Europe in the late '90s, particularly in the UK, 
where the 1995 outbreak of Mad Cow disease ignited a groundswell of 
activism and outrage over food safety. Now, as the GE food debate 
gains momentum in the United States, Ronnie Cummins, a leading 
consumer advocate, gives us an up-to-date account of the dangers 
posed by GE foods and what you can do to rid your pantry of them. 
Cummins explains some of the risks posed by genetically modified 
foods, identifying where the major food producers stand on the issue. 
Whether you're a farmer or an ordinary grocery shopper, he'll tell 
what you can do to take a stand against the growing biotech industry.

7:30-8:30 p.m.
Healing with Nature   What is Possible?
Arden Andersen, Ph.D., D.O.
Nature provides every organism the internal tools needed to heal 
itself, particularly if aided by medicines that work in harmony with 
nature. Physician and agricultural consultant Arden Andersen will 
relate how the body heals itself, and will share specific case 
reports from his preventive health care clinic illustrating both what 
is possible and what has been actually achieved for a variety of 
serious maladies. Conference attendees will walk away with a better 
understanding of their treatment options.

8:30-9:30 p.m.
Farming & Healing With Paramagnetism
Phil Callahan, Ph.D.
Paramagnetism is a physical force found in many rocks, the oxygen we 
breathe, and in healthy, productive soil. Callahan will explain how 
it is the missing ingredient from many farms. He takes the discussion 
further to explain the healing powers of this force as well. Drawing 
on examples from his extensive travels and his studies of ancient 
peoples, he will show you how to create a healing vest, similar to 
the one he used to cure his own lung cancer. Author of Paramagnetism, 
Exploring the Spectrum and many other books on physics in nature, Dr. 
Callahan will present his latest research. Callahan will detail the 
role of low-level forces in nature, specifically the ELF (extremely 
low frequency) range of the spectrum and paramagnetic forces. He will 
also show how to harness these physical forces for the benefit of the 
soil and plants, and the resultant boost in growth.

10-11 a.m.
Basics of Eco-Farming
Crow Miller
Like all living creatures, your crop has needs. This introductory 
session by one of the nation's leading organic growing authorities 
will give you invaluable information on your crops' nutrient 
requirements and how to supply them naturally. Crow Miller will 
outline the major nutrient delivery systems   soil fertility, 
supplementation, or foliar feeding    he'll discuss major nutrients, 
specific pest problems and techniques for boosting yields. A 
refresher course for advanced growers, or starting point for 

11 a.m.-noon
Basics of Eco-Livestock Production
Jerry Brunetti
Wholesome, chemical-free meat is the wave of the future, as food 
consumers all over the world insist on animal products untainted by 
hormones, pesticides, bizarre growth serums, and diseases that fester 
in factory growing conditions. Here is a quick tour of livestock and 
dairy for the non-toxic farmer, and an introduction to the tools and 
techniques available to the eco-farmer   grass-based diets, herbs and 
nutraceuticals, homeopathy, and natural husbandry methods.

2-3 p.m.
Eco-Products   Understanding the Tools of the Trade
Graeme Sait
A farmer must understand the interplay between raw materials and 
natural processes, and nobody explains it better than Graeme Sait. He 
can help you make better decisions about which products will work for 
your particular situation, with an eye to controlling input costs. 
Learn the ins and outs of such raw materials as seaweeds, herbs, 
enzymes, probiotics, chelated minerals, so-called rare earth 
minerals, and vitamins. Understand the role various inputs play and 
how to be a smarter purchaser.

2-3 p.m.
Soil, Grass & Cancer
Doug Gunnink
Management-intensive grazing   a.k.a. rotational grazing   produces 
stellar results in both beef and dairy production, especially 
livestock health. Here is grazing consultant Doug Gunnink's answer to 
the clarion call raised by Andre Voisin's seminal work on the links 
between soil chemistry and human health. Gunnink will focus on 
elements associated with forage quality and their effect on livestock 

3-4 p.m.
Compost Utilization & Value
Edwin Blosser
Composting systems are essential parts of many sustainable farming 
operations, whether for waste management or maintaining a supply of 
great soil fertilizer. Let Edwin Blosser give you the keys to 
maintaining a healthy, profitable composting system. He'll introduce 
you to composting fundamentals   how to supply humus and feedstocks, 
control odor and runoff, understand siting regulations, determine the 
right turning frequency and he'll explain how applying compost 
affects soil fertility. After hearing him you'll be able to establish 
a grading system for evaluating the quality of your compost, and 
you'll know the four cardinal principles of compost: proper tilth, 
residue management, nutrient content, and nutrient balance.

3-4 p.m.
The Organic Greenhouse
Crow Miller
Here's how to make those idle winters busy again with a thriving 
greenhouse. Crow Miller brings a lifetime of indoor growing to his 
lecture on the many facets of greenhouse gardening. Greenhouses can 
increase seasonal profits, and  they're the ideal environment for the 
most fickle specialty crops. From salad greens to vine-ripened 
tomatoes, cukes to west African river fish, Miller has raised almost 
everything that can be raised in a greenhouse. He'll address the 
mechanics of getting started, including ventilation, light and soil 
issues, and precision soil management.

4-5 p.m.
Top 10 Herbs for Farm & Stable
Will Winter, D.V.M.
Herbs should be an essential part of any holistic farm animal care 
program. In this fact-intensive session Will Winter, a recognized 
authority on holistic animal healing, will discuss the 10 most 
important medicinal herbs for your farm. He'll clarify many of the 
classic techniques described by Juliette de Bairacli Levy in her 
classic book The Complete Herbal Handbook for Farm & Stable, and 
he'll discuss treatments for common farm maladies such as worms, 
colic, parasites, and flies. If you're tired of doping your animals 
or interested in honing your herbal skills, this talk is not to be 

4-5:30 p.m.
Battling Nutrient Excesses in Your Soil
Neal Kinsey
Proper soil management can put a farm on a rising curve of improving 
yields and soil tilth season after season, as weed and insect 
pressures decrease and the crucial elements of good soil fall into 
balance. Neal Kinsey, the dean of soil management, will focus in this 
advanced workshop on the five most common excesses   calcium, 
magnesium, potassium, sodium and phosphorous    addressing cause, 
correction, and accompanying deficiencies. Kinsey will illustrate his 
presentation with actual soil tests. See if your soil suffers from 
one of the "big five"   and hear what you can do about it.

9-11 a.m.
Pastured Poultry Production & Marketing
Herman Beck-Chenoweth
In this practical, idea-packed two-part lecture on pastured poultry, 
you'll get a close look at one of the most successful value-added 
sustainable enterprises of the last decade. Suitable for large or 
small farmers, the poultry system explained here differs 
substantially from the highly successful Salatin model by cutting 
down on labor and still being able to handle large numbers of birds. 
In the first part of the lecture, learn how Beck-Chenoweth's 
minimal-maintenance operation addresses issues of feeding and 
watering, waste management, marketing and other topics of vital 
importance to budding poultry farmers. Consumers across the country 
are waking to the superior quality of range-raised birds, the second 
half of the presentation will tell how to tap those growing markets.

11 a.m.-noon.
The Successful Small Farm   Production vs. Value-Added
Doug Gunnink
Molding a small farm into a viable, profit-making enterprise often 
ultimately comes down to making the right decisions for your farm. 
Longtime farmer/consultant Doug Gunnink brings a wealth of experience 
and plenty of stories to learn from as he relates choices other 
farmers have made regarding the goals and methods that have made them 
successful or shut them down. Discover what kinds of options are 
available to the small, sustainable farm and how you can benefit from 
the experiences of others.

9 a.m.-noon
Why Butter is Better & Other Facts About Nourishing Traditional Diets
Sally Fallon
In this in-depth workshop, Sally Fallon will explain the underlying 
characteristics of healthy traditional diets and how to implement 
them in the modern kitchen. Her presentation will include a 
discussion of the pioneering work and unforgettable photographs of 
Dr. Weston Price. This workshop will call into question the 
now-popular politically correct school of nutrition and will most 
likely change your life. She will explain why animal fats and 
cholesterol are not villains, but are vital factors in the diet, 
necessary for normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous 
system, protection from disease, and for optimum energy levels.

2-3:30 p.m.
High-Forage Dairy Farming
Gary Zimmer
Poor-quality feed is the single largest contributor to failing 
health, milk yields and the overall well-being of most high-forage 
dairies. In this extended lecture on dairy nutrition, Zimmer teaches 
the importance of correct, suitable feeds for milking heifers, young 
stock and dry cows. Don't let your herd   and your pocketbook 
suffer for your ignorance.

2-3 p.m.
Understanding the Soil Foodweb
Elaine Ingham, Ph.D.
In a teaspoon of healthy soil, there are hundreds of millions living 
organisms. Where many scientists quickly bog down in a sea of 
classifications, Dr. Elaine Ingham makes new sense of this staggering 
diversity. Putting aside the old genus and species groups, she groups 
these life forms according to their role in the soil, showing how 
they form not a food chain, but an intricate web of life with one 
type processing food, another releasing it, and so on. It's a whole 
new way of thinking about the ground below your feet.

3-4 p.m.
Interactions of Ammonia & Calcium
Julian Suurd
The tremendous importance of calcium for crop health and production 
has been emphasized by William Albrecht and others. Less well known 
is the interaction between ammonia and calcium. Julian Suurd picks up 
where others leave off. Suurd stresses the importance of establishing 
a base saturation benchmark and focusing on available calcium to tap 
into the crop's potential. Take a close look at chemical interactions 
in the soil and learn how some forms of nitrogen actually create make 
calcium more available for crops.

3:30-5 p.m.
On-Farm Dairy Processing
Jack Lazor
Learn the real nuts and bolts of adding on-farm processing to your 
dairy.  Jack Lazor, founder of the first organic dairy in the 
Northeast, devoted years to honing techniques for creating a role in 
a niche market and capitalizing on it. Processing cultured products 
on-farm isn't for everyone, but it has its rewards   Lazor milks 45 
cows on 340 acres and sees $500,000 in annual sales. He remains 
independent, defying the get-bigger production paradigm, and is here 
to share his success. Show up for this short course on on-farm dairy 
processing and see if it's right for your farm.

3:30-5 p.m.
Raw Materials Economics Interactive Panel Discussion
Randy Cook, Tom Asbridge, Thayne Cozart, Ray Dykeman & Ed Petrowsky
This question and answer session covers a vast range or topics, 
including parity, agricultural policy, economics, and social justice. 
Understand how crop prices are controlled by internationalists and 
the source of the true wealth of an economy. The presenters are 
officers and board members of NORM, the National Organization for Raw 
Materials, an economic thinktank dedicated to the creation of a sound 
base for the economy.

4-5 p.m.
Eco-Turf   Fairway Lanes to Pasture Grass
Crow Miller & Neil Stagner
Consultants Crow Miller and Neil Stagner apply the principles of 
eco-agriculture to golf course and turf management with amazing 
results. In terms of both quality and costs, organic and sustainable 
agriculture has much to offer the turf-care discipline. Learn how to 
balance soils, feed the grass, and minimize or eliminate poisonous 
inputs. The principles they'll outline work equally well for crop 

9-10 a.m.
Composting for Maximum Quality
Edwin Blosser
High-quality compost is as good as greenbacks in the field of 
sustainable agriculture. In this follow-up segment on large-scale 
composting and waste management, master composter Edwin Blosser 
returns to address some of the advanced techniques that distinguish 
the truly high-quality compost   material that is rich in nutrients 
and beneficial microorganisms and is free of pathogens, phytotoxins 
and viable seeds. This session will cover everything you need to know 
to be able to maximize your current composting systems or put you on 
the road to establishing your own programs. Some specific issues he 
will address are, how different composting methods affect quality, 
how nutrients are captured from raw materials, how to control 
nutrient leaching, how to eliminate odor problems, and more. For 
anyone who is considering setting up their own controlled composting 
process, this is the place to be.

9-10 a.m.
Feeding Sprouted Grains, Herbs & Weeds
Jerry Brunetti
Healthy forage is about more than just grass. Veteran eco-farmers 
know that diversity is the cornerstone of a responsible feedstock 
profile. Farmers have a host of valuable alternative feeds at their 
disposal that surpass the standard rations. Jerry Brunetti shows how 
to "short-circuit the feed trucks" by creating your own premium 
feedstocks. Knowledge about feeding sprouts, long forgotten or 
dismissed by industrial agriculture, is resurrected and edified in 
this eye-opening discussion of forages and feed supplements. Explore 
the possibility of integrating herbs and weeds, some which post 
higher nutritional values than many barn staples, into the ration for 
better nutrition and medicine.

10-11 a.m.
Eco-Growing of Quality Alfalfa
Bob Yanda
In this crop-specific session, farmers will get practical, hands-on 
advice from this longtime eco-consultant. Topics will focus on 
fertility programs in forage production for one of the staple crops 
of the Midwest. The overall emphasis of Yanda's advice is not only on 
yields, but on boosting plant nutrients and overall crop quality, a 
particular concern in high-forage ration dairies.

10-11 a.m.
Crop Sugars & Animal Health
Dan Skow, D.V.M.
Veteran educator and consultant Dan Skow will discuss the relation 
between crop maturity, as measured by plant sugars, and animal 
health. Using the Reams method of soil and crop management as a 
foundation, Skow explains how inefficient production and transfer of 
enzymes in the plant result in poor nutrition for your cows, hogs, 
and other farm animals. Knowing first how to feed your plants and 
when a harvest will yield maximum nutrition is a little-studied area 
that few farm consultants understand.

11 a.m.-noon
Conventional Fertilizers & Soil Aging
Philip Barak, Ph.D.
Years of excess fertilizer take their toll on soils   sometimes doing 
irreparable harm. Overuse of nitrogen is the king of abuses, 
resulting in gradual acidification of the soil, destroying its vital 
ability to retain the calcium, magnesium and potassium necessary for 
good crop growth. And with a 50 percent applied nitrogen efficiency 
rate for U.S. farmers, that means it's also money down the drain. 
Soils researcher Philip Barak exposes some of the dangers of these 
kinds of chemical abuses, and drawing from landmark, multi-decade 
research, explains why the damage done over the last 50 years equates 
to perhaps thousands of years of normal "aging."

11 a.m.-noon
New Developments in Energetics & Plant Response
Phil Wheeler
Many eco-farmers are finding success through tapping into the subtle 
energies of nature to affect soil fertility and crop growth. Author, 
lecturer, and veteran consultant Phil Wheeler explains the latest 
advances in this often hard to grasp area of knowledge which includes 
radionics, paramagnetism, field broadcasting towers, electronic seed 
and water treatments, and more. Cutting-edge knowledge.

2-3 p.m.
Bioneers   Environmental Restoration & the Future of Organic Farmers
Kenny Ausubel
The environment is firmly advanced toward center stage in the context 
of our lives, our businesses and our politics in this new century. 
This is good news for organic farmers. Learn leading-edge 
developments relating to true biotechnologies with great potential 
for organic farming, from fungi to rangeland restoration and organic 
seeds. Explore innovative economic strategies that can assist organic 
farmers to resist the commodification of organics.

2-3 p.m.
Chemistry & Physics Supporting the Soil Foodweb
Arden Andersen, Ph.D., D.O.
Elaine Ingham changed our understanding of soil life with her concept 
of a soil foodweb. Arden Andersen will explain how to create the 
correct physical and chemical environment in your soil for optimum 
support of soil life, as needed for your particular crop. Beyond 
understanding the importance of soil life, this seminar will instruct 
you in techniques to enhance and alter the balance of life beneath 
our feet.

3-5 p.m.
Compost & Compost Teas
Elaine Ingham, Ph.D.
The benefits of healthy soil biota are well known among sustainable 
farmers. For growers interested in sharpening their understanding of 
the composting process, as well as gaining new insight on the 
practice of using compost teas, this fact-filled two-part lecture is 
sure to please. Soil foodweb researcher Elaine Ingham defines what a 
good compost is, she discusses how to obtain composting's greatest 
benefits and gives pointers on how to get started making good 
compost. Ingham will cover all the details of compost maintenance, 
including ensuring the healthy biological activity of compost, 
evaluating the quality of  the material, and sampling compost to 
determine the organisms present. The second part of the lecture 
discusses the optimal use of compost teas. Here, Dr. Ingham will take 
a comprehensive look at the use of creating composting brews to help 
restore or augment the biological life in the soil. She will discuss 
the purpose of compost tea, factors affecting tea quality, options of 
aerobic versus anaerobic teas, beneficial organisms, and compost tea 

3-4 p.m.
Marketing Organic & Sustainable Production
William R. Jackson, Ph.D.
Small farm entrepreneurs who are having trouble peddling their wares 
or who feel they haven't maximized their sales potential should check 
in to this discussion on how to find direction in your marketing 
tactics. Sustainable farming sage William Jackson addresses some 
fundamental issues farm food sellers face, including planning 
strategy and timing, pricing, personal investment and specific 
problems. Sometimes boosting the bottom line can be as easy as 
re-evaluating the product you sell, focusing on the intangible side 
of business, and projecting confidence and authority in the 

4-5 p.m.
Understanding Soil Tests
Richard Goff
Lapses in your understanding of soil analyses could mean poor soil 
management in the future and lost profits. Soil specialist Richard 
Goff breaks down the soil test, explaining how each facet of the test 
translates into the overall health, or sickness, of your soil. The 
interpretation of the soil's physical condition is covered in this 
lecture, and Goff takes the analysis a step further to discuss how 
certain elements that report imbalances on a soil test can affect 
plant quality, weed pressures, and any number of other common crop 


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