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Celebrating a Successful 2021 Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show

Last week, Dec. 6-9, marked the 46th annual Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show in Cincinnati, Ohio! It was our first event back in person after the pandemic, and it drew in 631 attendees from all over the country, and some from over the border as well! Acres U.S.A. staff was helped by 19 amazing volunteers to coordinate 39 conference sessions, 30 speakers, 8 Trade Show presentations, 4 full-day Eco-Ag U workshops and 3 keynote presentations.

Attendees raise hands, Mark Shepard teaches Eco-Ag U workshop
Attendees raise their hands at Mark Shepard’s Eco-Ag U all-day workshop.

Attendees came from a variety of backgrounds, with new farmers and experienced farmers learning together, both in the sessions and in conversation in the hallways. Nobody talks about soil health like the Acres U.S.A. community, and that was proven once again by the hundreds gathered for the 2021 Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show

Hallway conversation at Eco-Ag Conference
Groups gather in the hallways to continue discussions in between sessions.
People converse during Eco-Ag Conference.
More conversations after a good session.

Below are some more of our favorite photos from the event. For even more photos, visit our Facebook pageInstagram profile or Twitter feed. If you have photos from the event to put on social media, please tag us (@AcresUSA), and post them with the hashtag #ecoagconf21 so that we and others can see and enjoy them too!

Thank you to all who attended and supported this event! The energy was amazing and we can’t stress how wonderful it was to see folks in person once again.

More pictures are below, but be sure to stay tuned for updates about next year’s Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show, as well as other Acres U.S.A. annual events such as the Healthy Soil Summit and On-Farm Intensives. Sign up for our News & Announcements email newsletter here!

Eco-Ag U Workshops

 Here are some photos of some of our Eco-Ag U instructors – Nicole Masters, Dr. Don Huber and Mark Shepard – delivering their high quality content to ready-to-learn attendees.

Nicole Masters teaches Eco-Ag U
Nicole Masters presents her Eco-Ag U session: “Successful Soil Health Management, Diagnostics, & Triage.”
Dr. Don Huber teaches Eco-Ag U
.Dr. Don Huber presents his Eco-Ag U session: “Managing Mineral Nutrition & Plant Disease to Create Resilient Crops”
Mark Shepard teaches Eco-Ag U
Mark Shepard presents his Eco-Ag U workshop session: “Designing and Building a Successful Permaculture Operation.”

Trade Show

With 82 booths on display, the Trade Show had someting for everyone! Row after row of eco-ag innovators ready to network and discuss the latest tools, techniques and methods. For the first time we also had Trade Show Presentations right on the Trade Show floor!

Trade Show conversation
Many conversations were held at the booths on the Trade Show floor.
Trade Show conversation by tractors
Innovators, experts and farmers mingled at the Trade Show.
Trade Show presentation
Trade Show presentations took place on the trade show floor.

Conference Sessions

Our conference docket was filled with big names in eco-agriculture this year, and topics ranged from human health to soil microbes to livestock and more!

Leilani Zimmer Durand presents at Eco-Ag Conference
Leilani Zimmer Durand presents to a full room during her session on soil biology.
Dr. Judith Fitzpatrick presents at the Eco-Ag Conference.
Dr. Judith Fitzpatrick’s session on building microbial communities was very popular.
Person taking a cell phone photo of a presentation at Eco-Ag Conference.
It was not uncommon to see people taking photos of slides and writing down notes during the Eco-Ag Conference presentations.
Gary Zimmer presents at Eco-Ag Conference.
As usual, Gary Zimmer gave a very animated and educational presentation. This year he presented on “Using Soil Tests to Manage a Healthy Operation.”
Mark Shepard in a Consulting Room.
Mark Shepard talks to a small group during one of the Consulting Room sessions.

Keynote Presentations

The Eco-Ag Conference featured three keynote presentations this year, from animal behaviorist Fred Provenza, to Will and Jenni Harris of White Oak Pastures, to a star-filled panel with Dr. Nasha Winters, Nicole Masters, Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin and John Kempf.

Fred Provenza gives keynote presentation at Eco-Ag Conference
Fred Provenza presents his “We are the Earth, the Earth is Us” keynote.
Fred Provenza speaking with an Eco-Ag Conference attendee
Fred Provenza took time to speak with attendees after his keynote.
Will and Jenni Harris presenting keynote at Eco-Ag Conference
Father-daughter duo Will and Jenni Harris of White Oak Pastures at their compelling keynote presentation, “Unraveling Our Dependence on Chemical Agriculture.”
Left to right: Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Nicole Masters, Dr. Nasha Winters and moderator Sarah Day Levesque at the final Keynote Panel: “A Healthy Future: Building Soil, Plant, Human & Mental Health.”
Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Nicole Masters, Dr. Nasha Winters and moderator Sarah Day Levesque at Eco-Ag Conference keynote panel.
Left to right: Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Nicole Masters, Dr. Nasha Winters and moderator Sarah Day Levesque at the final Keynote Panel: “A Healthy Future: Building Soil, Plant, Human & Mental Health.”

Eco-Ag Achievement Award

Each year we give the Eco-Ag Achievement Award to an exceptional leader in the agricultural field. This year’s recipient was André Leu, an Australian regenerative farmer with decades of experience on the farm and around the world, International Director of Regeneration International and author of his newest book, Growing Life. Learn more about André and the award here.

Andre Leu Eco-Ag Award

Acres U.S.A. Bookstore

Our on-site bookstore was incredibly popular this year, with hundreds of titles available to attendees intent on furthering their learning after conference. Three of our speakers – André Leu, Paul Dorrance and Dr. Nasha Winters – got to hold and sign copies of their new books for the first time at conference.

Want to learn more from conference speakers? Check out our 2021 Eco-Ag Conference Speakers collection still available at our online bookstore.

On-site bookstore
The on-site bookstore offered hundreds of titles.
Doug Fine signs books
Doug Fine signed copies of his books.
Dr. Nasha Winters signing books
Dr. Nasha Winters signed books after her session, including her newest book, Mistletoe.
Paul Dorrance signing book
Paul Dorrance signed one of the first copies of his book “Farming Without Losing Your Hat.”

Continue Learning

Interested in the replay? The 2021 Eco-Ag Conference Replay is now available for purchase here.

Your eco-ag education doesn’t have to end just because conference does! Keep learning with books by 2021 Eco-Ag Speakers, our Eco-Ag U online learning courses, our free website, and our educational weekly email newsletters!