ACRES USA Conference 2000 Speaker Line Up, Minneapolis, Dec 7-9
igg at igg.com
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
http://www.acresusa.com Hope to see you there! -Allan Balliett
Acres U.S.A. Conference 2000 Speaker Lineup
Wherefore the Dash?
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
What Really Happens in Food "Processing"?
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.
When Healing Becomes a Crime
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.
Driving Genetically Modified Foods from the Marketplace & Building
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.
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.
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.
Basics of Eco-Farming
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
Basics of Eco-Livestock Production
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.
Eco-Products Understanding the Tools of the Trade
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.
Soil, Grass & Cancer
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
Compost Utilization & Value
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.
The Organic Greenhouse
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.
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
Battling Nutrient Excesses in Your Soil
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.
Pastured Poultry Production & Marketing
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.
The Successful Small Farm Production vs. Value-Added
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.
Why Butter is Better & Other Facts About Nourishing Traditional Diets
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.
High-Forage Dairy Farming
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.
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.
Interactions of Ammonia & Calcium
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.
On-Farm Dairy Processing
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.
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.
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
Composting for Maximum Quality
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.
Feeding Sprouted Grains, Herbs & Weeds
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.
Eco-Growing of Quality Alfalfa
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.
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.
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."
New Developments in Energetics & Plant Response
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.
Bioneers Environmental Restoration & the Future of Organic Farmers
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.
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
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
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
Understanding Soil Tests
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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