wilocalfoodnetworklogofinalWe are pleased to announce the schedule and presenters for the 2017 Wisconsin Local Food Summit!

The Summit will take place at the Radisson Hotel in La Crosse on January 12-13th.

CLICK HERE for registration details.

Remember, Early Bird Tickets are on sale until December 21st!

We also have Scholarships available!!

We have an exciting line up of presenters this year on topics such as how to increase farm to school and farm to early care initiatives; finding and using resources from DATCP, UW-Extension, and the Farm Service Agency; building community food systems on tribal lands; developing grass-fed farming; and so much more! For a full list of our amazing lineup of presenters, CLICK HERE.

Keynote Panel: Discussion with Midwestern State Food Policy Leaders 

This year, we are also featuring a keynote panel with leaders from Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, and Michigan who have led local food policy initiatives in their states. These panelists will be discussing the work they have done  to build local food charters, policies, and funding systems in their respective states.

  • Bridget Holcomb: Executive Director of Women, Food, and Agriculture Network (WFAN)
  • Stephanie Heim: Associate Program Director in Community Food Systems at University of Minnesota Extension
  • Michael Dahl: Director of Minnesota Food Charter Network
  • Tom Spaulding: Executive Director of Angelic Organics
  • Jude Barry: Food System Specialist at the Center for Regional Food Systems – Michigan State University.


The abbreviated Summit Schedule is below. For a full schedule and updates, please CLICK HERE.

Thursday, January 12, 2017: Day 1 Summit

7:30 am Registration Begins
7:30-8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Welcoming Address
8:45-9:15 am Networking Activity
9:30-10:45 am Breakout Session I                Tour Option: La Crosse Local                                                Food Projects  9:30-12:30pm
10:45-11:15 am Break & Exhibit Hall
11:15am-12:30 pm Breakout Session 2
12:30 – 1:45 pm Lunch
1:45-2:15 pm Break – Visit Exibits/Posters
2:15-3:30 pm Breakout Session 3
3:30-3:45 pm Break
3:45-4:45 pm Open Space
5:00 – 6:15 pm Happy Hour and Reception (Hackberry’s Bistro at People’s Food Co-op) Cash Bar

6:30 – 8:00 pm                        Dine Around – Summit Attendee Group Dining Options                                                          (Meal and drink expenses not included in Summit fees)


Friday, January 13, 2017: Day 2 Summit

7:00-8:00 am Breakfast and Table Topics Networking
8:00-8:15 am WLFN Announcements
8:15-9:30 am Breakout Session 4
9:30-10:00 am Break & Exhibits
10:00-12:00 pm Panel – Local Food Systems in IL, IA, MI, and MN
12:00-1:15 pm Lunch – Announcements & Video
1:15-1:30 pm Break
1:30-2:55 pm Convergence
2:55-3:00 pm Wrap-up and Evaluations


A special thank you to our sponsors:

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