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Kansas Local Food Summit

August 27 @ 8:00 am - August 28 @ 5:00 pm CDT

August 27-28, 2024
Kansas Leadership Center, Wichita, KS

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to CONNECT with people from across the state, ENGAGE with new ideas about local food systems and GROW food access opportunities in your community!

The Kansas Local Food Summit will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 27-28, 2024 in Wichita. The Summit will begin with a networking reception on Tuesday evening, followed by a full day of speakers, interactive learning sessions, and more opportunities to connect with people from across the state.



Morning Keynote:
Leveraging Value Chain Coordination to Build a Better Food System
John Wittler, Executive Director, Ogalala Commons

Ogallala Commons (OC) works to develop rural communities by using an asset-based approach to nurturing leaders who help human and natural communities thrive. In 2022 OC launched a food hub focused on serving remote rural communities in eastern New Mexico, southeast Colorado, and the Texas panhandle. John’s background is in entrepreneurship and organizational development. He has helped train and develop scores of leaders over the years and particularly enjoys a good research paper and beautifully designed spreadsheets. John lives in Baca County, Colorado, with his wife Trina and their three children Alea, Emma, and Brock.

Afternoon Keynote:
Creating Food Secure Resilient Communities
Mary K. Hendrickson, PhD., Associate Professor of Applied Social Sciences, Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security

Mary Hendrickson is Professor of Food Systems in the Division of Applied Social Sciences at MU. Her scholarship focuses on the social and economic organization of different types of food systems, and the social, ecological, and economic impacts of those systems. Through research and teaching, she seeks to build resilient, food secure communities across Missouri and beyond. She directs the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, and in 2020, was a Fulbright Scholar to Iceland, teaching sustainable agriculture and rural development.



Early Bird Registration Fee: $40
Deadline: August 5, 2024

Registration Fee: $50
Final Registration Deadline: August 23, 2024

Register Now!


August 27 @ 8:00 am CDT
August 28 @ 5:00 pm CDT
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K-State Research and Extension
(785) 532-5820
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Kansas Leadership Center
325 East Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67202 United States
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