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Summit schedule

8:00 to 9:00 - Check In

9:00 to 9:15 - Welcome


9:15 to 10:30 - Nutshell Show and Tell

In five minutes or less, share a little about what you’ve been up to lately, what you would like to learn today, a question, or someone you would like to connect to.


10:30 to 10:45 - Break


10:45 to 12:00 - Strength Through Diversity: Accessing Capital and New Markets

Farming with a future! As we diversify crop rotations, we have to diversify our market rotations. A panel discussion with:

  • Will Glazik, J&W Organic Farm

  • Anders Gurda, Pipeline Foods

  • Rich Ritter, Flanagan State Bank

  • John Steven Bianucci, Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT

  • Mallory Krieger, The Land Connection, Moderator


12:00 - Lunch


1:00 to 1:50 - Table Talks

The movement for regenerative agriculture is building in Illinois. One of the biggest hurdles is connecting to viable markets. Join attendees in key discussions that can lead to action.

  1. Agroforestry and Grazing 

    • Kevin Wolz, Savanna Institute

    • John Steven Bianucci, Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT

    • Pete Huff, The Pasture Project

  2. A Farmer and Buyer Discussion

    • Will Glazik, Organic Farmer, J&W Organic Farm

    • Anders Gurda, Pipeline Foods

  3. Finance: Thinking Outside of the Box

    • Rich Ritter, Flanagan State Bank

    • Sai Thao, Compeer Financial


2:00 to 2:30 - Key Note 1: Strategies for Innovative Value Adding

Ken Myszka, Epiphany Farms Hospitality Group

  • Innovative Strategies for Localizing the Food System

  • Farming for the Future

  • Marketing Principles

2:30 to 3:00 - Key Note 2: Adding Value Through Agroforestry and Rotational Grazing

Kevin Wolz, Savanna Institute & Midwest Agroforestry Solutions

  • Adding value to farm operations through agroforestry

  • Capital Access

  • Producer/Buyer Relationships

  • Building the Industry


3:00 - Mixer

Enjoy a beverage and snacks while you network with fellow attendees