We offer several lengths of programming. The full day of programming, which is seven hours, will be scheduled on Wednesday only. The rest of the programs will be scheduled over Thursday to Saturday.
Seven hours: The full-day programs should focus on a specific topic, and use the time to teach attendees a skill or technique that will help them to improve their farming operation. The agenda can include one or multiple presenters; however, we prefer to have no more than four. The proposal will require a draft agenda. We will schedule three to six programs, on Wednesday only, at this year’s conference.
Two and a quarter or three hours: The half-day programs (2.25 or 3 hours) should take an in-depth look at a specific topic. Tracks can include one or multiple presenters; however, we prefer to have no more than three. The proposal will require a draft agenda.
90 minutes: The majority of our programs will be 90 minutes, which allows time either to provide an overview of a broad topic, or a focus on a very narrow subject. These are a good format for lectures, panel discussions, and facilitated group work. They also work well for a short presentation combined with other formats. They typically include one to two presenters. For panel discussions, we prefer to limit it to three presenters (in some cases, a pair of speakers can count as one presenter), plus a moderator.
45 or 60 minutes: This length of program is well suited to inspirational high level lectures, Q & As, discussions, or longer demonstrations. They work well for interactive programs like learning circles or discussion groups.
30 minutes: New this year, we will schedule short talks and demonstrations in the trade show. This format can be used to provide industry updates and product demonstrations. Sponsors in particular are encouraged to offer program proposals for this format.