Pennsylvania Farmers Union Annual Convention

December 7 • Dixon University, Harrisburg

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 PFU Convention


John Ikerd - 2009

Keynote: John Ikerd

Family Farms: Our Promise for a Sustainable Future

John Ikerd was raised on a small dairy farm in southwest Missouri, is today Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri, and writes and speaks extensively on issues related to sustainability with an emphasis on economics and agriculture. He is author of Essentials of Economic Sustainability, Sustainable Capitalism, A Return to Common Sense, Small Farms are Real Farms, Crisis and Opportunity: Sustainability in American Agriculture, and A Revolution of the Middle


Jerry BrunettiSpecial Guest:  Jerry Brunetti

Living Soils: Essentials for Healthy Pastures & Fields

Jerry Brunetti is a soil and crop consultant for livestock and produce farms, as well as ranches. He is a highly demanded lecturer and speaker on topics that include soil fertility, crop quality, animal nutrition and livestock health.  Jerry also speaks about his cancer diagnosis and the path of nutrition…a path he links to healthy soil, nutritious food, and profitable, sustainable farming practices.

Tracey CoulterSpecial Guest:  Tracey Coulter

Agroforestry: Connecting our Farms, Forests & Watersheds

Tracey Coulter serves as Agroforestry Coordinator in the Rural & Community Forestry Section of the DCNR Bureau of Forestry where she works to strengthen working landscapes by building the connections among sustainable forestry, sustainable agriculture, and healthy watersheds. She and her husband are restoring an 1830s log cabin in Centre County where they are planting a “forest farm” including ramps, ginseng, goldenseal, and, of course, chestnuts.

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