Speakers & Sessions

The Feb. 11, 2020, Farm-to-Fork Summit in Osceola, MO, features real world experience. Hear from farmers, distributors, buyers, educators, agencies and others building community health and wealth with local food and agriculture.


Tuesday, February 11, 2020.
Open 8:15 a.m. / Sessions 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Local food for lunch!


First Assembly of God Church
3845 Old Hwy 13, Osceola, MO 64776.


Early bird price: $25+ through 1/20/20.
Regular: $30+ after 1/20/20. // Exhibitors: $50

Live Demos

Shon Bishop and David Middleton will demonstrate new farm tools and techniques. They travel with their Jesup Wagon 2.0., named after George Washington Carver’s 1st farmer outreach 100 years ago. 

Shon Bishop

Lincoln University, Innovative Small Farmers Outreach Program

David Middleton

Lincoln University, Innovative Small Farmers Outreach Program

Farm-to-Fork Business Links

Making local food work from farm to fork requires building relationships all the way from production, through processing and distribution to buyer and beyond.

Our opening panel features speakers from different points along the “value chain” of businesses, support organizations and others working together to deliver on local food values.

Opening Panel @ 9:15

Speakers include the Kansas City Food Hub, Warrensburg R6 School District, Northern Missouri Pecan Growers (pictured), University of Missouri Extension, West Central Missouri Community Action.

Help with Hemp

Industrial hemp is now legal to grow in Missouri. What’s the potential? Where are the pitfalls?

Emerging Opportunities Track @ 11:00

Dale Ludwig

Midwest Hemp

Plan Your Success

Save time and headache with a step-by-step thinking process for food and farm enterprises. Pro tips here.

Farm Enterprise Track @ 11:00

Dan Wisner & Raysha Tate

Wisner Farms / UM Extension

Regenerative Agriculture

Pasture-raised livestock are helping smaller farms build ecological assets and business opportunities.

Innovation in Agriculture Track @ 11:00

Greg Rasmussen

Sunny Lane Farm

Value-Added Products

Farmers Ami Zumalt and Jim Leek will share their experiences developing and marketing their own products. One is for school lunches. The other is a way to market surplus produce.

Value Chain Track @ 11:00

James Leek

Organic Farmer

Ami Zumalt

Red Ridge Farm


Marshall Stewart has been listening and learning about Missouri farm and community issues since 2016 when he stepped into University of Missouri Extension leadership. He will share his perspective on needs and opportunities before us.

Luncheon @ 12:15

Marshall Stewart

Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement, University of Missouri

MOBeef for MOKids

Learn how local cattlemen, schools, and value chain partners are putting local beef in kids’ lunches.

Value Chain Track @ 1:45

Luella Gregory

Missouri Beef Industry Council

Food as Medicine

Learn about interest and investment in the healing power of good food, from new markets to new policies.

Emerging Opportunities Track @ 1:45

Angela Jenkins

Functional Medicine Practitioner

BAck to the roots

Learn more about the power, potential, and practice of soil-building aproaches, such as no-till and cover crops.

Innovation in Agriculture @ 1:45

Josh Payne


Pick your market channel(s)

Check out the many ways to get in, and stay in, the local and regional food business. From CSA and farmers’ markets to agri-tourism and wholesale food hubs.

Farm Enterprise Track @ 1:45

Farm Enterprise Speakers TBD


From here forward

What did you learn today? Who did you meet? What will you do? Our closing session is about sealing the bonds that are growing among us from one Farm-to-Fork Summit to the next. It’s about building the relationships and networks needed to achieve regional health and wealth with food and farm security.

Closing @ 3:00


Farm to Fork partners include Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission, St. Clair County Economic Development, and University of Missouri Extension along with hosts New Growth and West Central Missouri Community Action Agency.


For more information, contact Katie Nixon at 660-476-2185 ext.1311.