"Sustaining Small Farms; Strengthening Florida's Communities"

August 1 & 2, 2009

Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee Florida

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Sustaining Partner - $25,000

Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
The mission of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is to safeguard the public and support Florida's agricultural economy by: ensuring the safety and wholesomeness of food and other consumer products through inspection and testing programs; protecting consumers from unfair and deceptive business practices and providing consumer information; assisting Florida's farmers and agricultural industries with the production and promotion of agricultural products; and conserving and protecting the state's agricultural and natural resources by reducing wildfires, promoting environmentally safe agricultural practices, and managing public lands.

Platinum - $10,000

University of Florida/IFAS
The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences, and enhancing and sustaining the quality of human life by making that information accessible. While extending into every community of the state, UF/IFAS has developed an international reputation for its accomplishments in teaching, research and extension.  Because of this mission and the diversity of Florida’s climate and agricultural commodities, IFAS has facilities located throughout Florida. 

USDA/Risk Management Agency
Agency (RMA) is to help producers manage their business risks through effective, market based risk management solutions. RMA’s mission is to promote, support, and regulate sound risk management solutions to preserve and strengthen the economic stability of America’s agricultural producers.   The Agency currently has three divisions: Insurance Services, Product Management, and Risk Compliance. Insurance Services is responsible for program delivery and local program administration and support. Product Management is responsible for overseeing product development. Risk Compliance monitors compliance with program provisions by both producers and the 16 insurance companies that sell and service policies. RMA, via the FCIC, provides crop insurance to American producers. Sixteen private-sector insurance companies sell and service the policies. RMA develops and/or approves the premium rate, administers the premium and expense subsidies, approves and supports products, and reinsures the companies. In addition, RMA sponsors educational and outreach programs and seminars on the general topic of risk management.

Gold - $5,000

Florida A&M University/CESTA
The College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture (CESTA) is the
land-grant arm at Florida A&M University.  CESTA offers unique opportunities for students to grow professionally and build on their dreams for the future.  For more than 100 years, CESTA continues a rich legacy of "Excellence with Caring" through its tripartite land-grant mission to provide collegiate teaching, research, extension and outreach that is global in scope and recognized both nationally and internationally.

Silver - $2,500

Founded in 1930, Publix Super Markets is the largest and fastest-growing employee-owned supermarket chain in the United States. Publix and our associates excel in community involvement, volunteerism and a commitment to our market areas and beyond.  Publix's commitment to diversity has contributed to our success in being a great place to work and shop. 

Verti-Gro® specializes in vertical growing and vertical gardening to utilize space, water and energy in an efficient manner. Our systems provide for high density production for the commercial grower and space saving for the hobbyist or home gardener. Whether for the purpose of small farms, large scale agricultural operations or research, the advantages are significant with Verti-Gro®.

Farm Credit of Florida
Farm Credit is rural America's customer-owned lending partner. Farm Credit is the leader in agricultural and rural financing in the United States. In fact, it is the largest single lender to agriculture in the Nation. Rural Americans have come to depend on Farm Credit across the country for all of their lending needs. Farm Credit makes agricultural loans to purchase farm property, livestock, machinery, farm related business loans, basic processing and/or marketing activities. Additionally, Farm Credit finances homes and home sites. We can help you with all your agricultural and mortgage needs, inquire today.


ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world. In FORTUNE magazine's 2009 list of "World's Most Admired Companies," ARAMARK was ranked number one in its industry, consistently ranking since 1998 as one of the top three most admired companies in its industry as evaluated by peers and analysts. ARAMARK seeks to responsibly address issues that matter to its clients, customers, employees and communities by focusing on employee advocacy, environmental stewardship, health and wellness, and community involvement. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 260,000 employees serving clients in 22 countries.

Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company

Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company
Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company is celebrating its 20th Anniversary of making fresh squeezed juices from Florida grown citrus. This family owned business is dedicated to the nutritional value of fresh foods: vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and enzymatic activity. Now, perhaps more than ever, fresh foods need a voice in our nation's capital. Government agencies are accommodating globalization by creating policies that take the freshness out of food to make it "safe." The company encourages future farmers, scientists and policy makers who support fresh foods... here in Florida and around the globe.

Bronze - $1,000

North Florida Research & Education Center - Suwannee Valley



Gilbert Bowen


Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, Professional Development Program, Florida Model State Program

Florida Citrus Mutual

Florida Citrus Mutual

Florida Farm Bureau

Florida Farm Bureau

Triangle Chemical Company

Triangle Chemical Company

Four Arrows Ranch

4 Arrows Ranch

Additional Contributions

Mr. Ben McLean III


Dakin Dairy

Florida Peanut Producers Association


Additional Websites Promoting Conference

Back 40 Books

High Springs Farmers Market

Florida Meat Goat Association


Slow Food Orlando

Florida State Horticultural Society

Florida Farmlink

Meat Sheep Alliance of Florida

Florida Grazing Lands Coalition

Farmers Market Coalition

Florida Organic Growers Association

Florida State Beekeepers Association

InterNatural Marketing

Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association

Farm and Ranch News

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For Further Information

Educational Program Content

Danielle Treadwell, Committee Co-Chair

University of Florida, IFAS
Horticultural Sciences Department
PO Box 110690
Gainesville, FL 32611-0690
TEL: 352-392-1928
EMAIL: ddtreadw@ufl.edu

General Conference Information

Mandy Stage, Conference Coordinator
University of Florida, IFAS
Office of Conferences & Institutes (OCI)
PO Box 110750
Gainesville, FL 32611-0750
TEL: 352-392-5930
EMAIL: mstage@ufl.edu


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