Plan to attend the 2017 American Grassfed Conference – Grassfed: The Way Forward

2017 Conference


American Grassfed Association’s 2017 Conference

Grassfed: The Way Forward

February 8-9, 2017
The Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
Pocantico Hills, NY

Please join AGA for our 2017 conference at the iconic Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, NY. Since 2004, Stone Barns has been a leader in educating young farmers about sustainable agriculture, increasing public awareness, and demonstrating the connection between sustainably raised food and excellence in its preparation. We are honored to work with them to bring you two days of educational workshops, inspiring speakers, and of course, delicious food prepared by the chefs of Blue Hill at Stonebarns under the leadership of Chef Dan Barber.

We’ll have more details on our speakers shortly.

Register here!

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, February 8

8am – Registration

9am — Managing for Success: How Animals Thrive on Grass

10:30am — Soil Health = Farmer Wealth: Case Studies from the Fields
Peter Byck, filmmaker and professor, Arizona State University

Noon — Lunch with Keynote Speaker Judith Schwarz, author of Cows Save the Planet

1pm — Stone Barns Tour

3pm — AGA’s New Dairy Standard
Don Davis, rancher and AGA certification committee chair; Dr Meg Cattell, bovine specialist; Dr. Arden Nelson, bovine specialist.

5pm — Dinner at Blue Hill (optional)

Thursday, February 9

8:30am — Registration

9am — We are What We Eat: Healthy Land, Healthy Animals, Healthy People
Dr. Meg Cattell and Dr. Aden Nelson

10:30am — What’s In a Label: Deciphering Label Claims
Alan Lewis, Natural Grocers; Urvashi Rangan, consultant and food advocate, formerly of Consumers Union

Noon — Lunch with Keynote Speaker Mary Berry, Keeping Rural American Alive: The Berry Family Story

1pm — Food Policy: Supporting Good Food and Good Farming
Mark Lipson, consultant and food policy specialist, University of California Davis; Lisa Stoke, Food Democracy Now!; Sara Eckhouse, USDA AMS; Ferd Hoefner, food policy advocate and founder of National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

2:15pm — Eating Animals: Old Cows, Heritage Pork, and Getting the Best Cut
Bob Perry, chef and professor, University of Kentucky


Tier One includes all conference workshops, two gourmet lunches featuring products from AGA certified producers, and a four-course dinner at Blue Hill at Stone Barns with wine parings and open bar. $395

Tier Two includes all conference workshops and two gourmet lunches featuring products from AGA certified producers. $220

Dinner Only for spouses and guests $195

Register Here


The Sheraton Tarrytown Hotel is a short drive from Stone Barns. Use this convenient link to book your room at the special conference rate of $129.00 per night. Please note — rooms must be booked by January 8 to receive the AGA conference room rate.


The hotel and conference center are about 25 miles from New York City, and nearby Westchester County Airport (HPN) is served by American, United, Delta, and JetBlue. It’s about a 20-minute drive from HPN to Tarrytown.

From NYC (Newark or LaGuardia) — Take public transportation from either airport to Grand Central, then take the Metro North train to Tarrytown, about a 30-minute ride.