Call for Proposals

Indiana Small Farm ConferenceAre you interested in presenting at the 8th annual Indiana Small Farm Conference (SFC)? We’re now accepting proposals for sessions, workshops, and tours for the 2020 Indiana SFC — coming March 5 through 7, 2020, in Danville, Indiana.

Opportunities to network with fellow Indiana farmers and our excellent selection of workshops and sessions are what make the Indiana SFC special. We hope you’ll consider submitting a proposal to present next year and share your knowledge, passion, and innovation with others!

All proposals should cover:

  • Timely, practical farming content
  • Best practices
  • Successes and failures, and / or
  • Research relevant to the small-scale and diversified farming community

This is an open call to farmers, educators, researchers, and other agricultural professionals or stakeholders in the small-farm space.

Please read all of the information below prior to submitting your proposal; our planning committee treats completed applications as confirmation that you have read, understood, and agreed to this information.

Conference Location

Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex, 1900 E. Main St. Danville, IN 46122

Dates

Thursday, March 5 through Saturday March 7, 2020

Session Length

Thursday sessions are full day workshops and tours, approximately 8 hours with lunch.  Friday and Saturday sessions are 60, 90, or 120-minute break out sessions in classrooms, and 30-minute demonstration sessions in the trade show.  We also have 30-minute informal discussion sessions in classrooms during trade show break times.

Not sure what format would work best for your proposal?  Go ahead and submit your idea.  The conference committee can work with you to determine the best format if we decide the proposal is a good fit for the 2020 conference.

Deadline for Full Consideration

To receive full consideration, please complete a proposal for each session or workshop using the online form by Friday, August 30, 2019.  All applicants who submit complete proposals will be informed of their status by September 27.

Conference Content Development Process

The Indiana SFC planning committee reviews all proposals based on the relevance of the topic to our attendees, the balance of the topic with other presentations (i.e., we try to avoid multiple presentations on the same topic), the recent history of the topic at the conference (i.e., we may avoid topics already covered within the last two years), the qualifications of the speaker, Indiana SFC’s history with the speaker (if any), and the thoroughness and clarity of the application.  We cannot accept all the proposals we receive.

Multiple Speaker Sessions

Most conference sessions are led by a single speaker, but we will consider requests for additional speakers on a case by case basis. In some instances, a co-presenter or panel discussion can add considerable value to a topic by diversifying the perspectives, but, in some instances, more speakers may reduce workshop quality by diluting the focus. If you wish to have a co-presenter(s), please have a clear idea of what that person is contributing to the workshop and why that contribution adds value for participants.

Speaker Compensation

All conference speakers receive free registration for one or more days of the conference, depending on the level of speaking commitment. Additional compensation (e.g., travel and lodging) is determined on a case-by-case basis.  Due to the large number of diverse speakers, and our limited budget, we cannot cover travel and lodging expenses for all speakers.

Submit a 2020 Indiana SFC Proposal

Laura Ingwell is the primary contact for this call for proposals. Please do not hesitate to contact her if you have questions or concerns about your proposal, the application process, or any of the information outlined here.

Email: lingwell@purdue.edu 

Office phone: 765-494-6167

Thank you for your interest in the 2020 Indiana SFC and your support of diversified farming and food systems throughout Indiana and beyond.

 

Submit a Proposal

 

 

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