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Montana Governor's Food Summit


Governor's Local Food and Ag Summit 2016: Setting Goals

University of Montana students Douglas Simpson and James Drysdale talk with Gov. Steve Bullock and other attendees about goals and strategies for boosting the state's economy through sustainable and value-added ag production during the Governor's Local Food and Agriculture Summit at Montana State University in October 2016.


Kirschenmann gives Local Food and Ag Keynote

Fred Kirschenmann gives a keynote address during the Governor's Local Food and Agriculture Summit, Oct. 28 and 29 at Montana State University in Bozeman.

Kirschenmann is a longtime national and international leader in sustainable agriculture. He shares an appointment as Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University and as President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York.

He also continues to manage his family's 1,800-acre certified organic farm in south central North Dakota. On his farm, he developed a diverse crop rotation that has enabled him to farm productively without synthetic inputs (fertilizers or pesticides) while simultaneously improving the health of the soil. He converted the farm to a certified organic operation in 1976. Kirschenmann has written extensively about ethics and agriculture, with articles published in a number of books and professional journals. n 2014, he received the One World Award for Lifetime Achievement from the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), a worldwide network of organic organizations. He was one of the first 10 recipients of the James F. Beard Foundation Leadership awards in 2011 and received the 2012 Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award from Practical Farmers of Iowa.


Shuman gives Local Food and Ag Keynote

Michael Shuman gives a keynote address during the Governor's Local Food and Agriculture Summit, Oct. 28 and 29 at Montana State University in Bozeman.

Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur. He's also an adjunct instructor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, a Fellow at Cutting Edge Capital and at the Post-Carbon Institute, and a founding board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE).

He has authored, coauthored, or edited nine books. His most recent book, which was published by Chelsea Green in May 2015, is The Local Economy Solution: How Innovative, Self-Financing Pollinator Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity.

One of his previous books, The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition (Berrett-Koehler, 2006), received as bronze prize from the Independent Publishers Association for best business book of 2006. A prolific speaker, Shuman has given an average of more than one invited talk per week, mostly to local governments and universities, for the past 30 years. He has lectured in 47 U.S. states and eight countries. He blogs regularly at



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