Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Conference Hotel: Back to Your Roots has reserved a block at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ruston for $85/night. To make a reservation at the discounted conference rate, click on the BTYR2019 Conference Hotel Link below and check availability for the nights required. Must register before 2/27/2019 to get the discounted rate.

BTYR2019 Conference Hotel

The Mission Behind The Conference

Back To Your Roots, 2019 is pleased to bring you nationally renown Masters in their fields along with other academics, farmers, ranchers, and value-added producers to share their knowledge as we work together to rebuild our local food system. Join us for a transformational event!

The goals of the conference are:

  1. Advance sustainable agriculture as a tool for community revitalization in parishes facing persistent poverty by rebuilding the local food system and supporting other creative placemaking initiatives.
  2. Educate the public on the environmental benefits of organic production and the mutually beneficial programs provided by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
  3. Inspire a new generation of farmers.
  4. Last, but definitely not least, dispel the myth that you can’t make money farming!

THE NEED: Rebuild Our Local Food System, The Backbone Of Rural Economies

THE FACTS: Persistent Poverty Is Stifling Our Rural Communities

THE ANSWER: Empower A New Generation Of Farmers With Models That Are Financially Lucrative, Replicable And Scalable To Infuse Innovation And Sustainable Entrepreneurship Into Our Rural Economies

Conference Registration

Pre-Conference North Louisiana Farm Tour $20 (Includes Lunch)

Full Conference General Admission $35
(Includes Welcome Reception, All Sessions, Lunch Friday & Saturday, and Farm-to-Table Dinner)

One-Day Technical Sessions Only $20 (Includes Lunch)

N.B.: We welcome young farmers! Young farmers, 12 and under may accompany a parent/guardian at no additional charge. Scholarships are available. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. For more information, call Donna at 318-521-4998.