Beyond the Soil: Resources for Beginner Organic Producers

When & where:

9am-4pmTuesday September 19th at the Hilton UF Conference Center, Gainesville, Fl.


Growers, agriculture producers and others looking to start or grow their organic farm business. Students and growers looking to gain knowledge through meeting with industry professionals and networking with fellow farmers. 

what to expect:

Beyond the Soil will consist of short presentations by various organizations highlighting existing programs, services & resources available to assist new and beginner organic and transitioning to organic farmers. Attendees will leave with a USB stick containing compiled resources and contacts. This is a great opportunity to learn and ask questions directly to these organizations. 

Who will be presenting (click for description):

  • Florida Organic Growers (FOG)
  • Quality Certification Services (QCS)
  • Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE)
  • Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
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  • Farm Service Agency (FSA)
  • Farm Credit
  • IFAS