2020 Professional Pastured Poultry Conference
Where: Lexington Hotel & Conference Center Jacksonville Riverwalk. 1515 Prudential Dr, Jacksonville, FL 3220
Conference Programming and Format
The Professional Pastured Poultry Conference offers three full days of community led education and networking in a format that has something for everyone. Add in a post conference farm tour at Pastured Life Farm in O’Brien, Florida, and you have the most immersive pastured poultry experience available anywhere this conference season.
In its fourth year, the Professional Pastured Poultry Conference draws attendees from all over North America for a unique community experience.
This conference is about building personal relationships that last a lifetime. You should leave with a mind full of knowledge and a deep connection to a community of like-minded farmers.
Conference Programming by Day
January 19, 2020: pre-conference training sessions
The pre-conference sessions are designed to be beginner to intermediate in nature and provide core foundations from which to build upon.
The courses are:
When you register for Sunday, each attendee must choose a course and register appropriately. Registrations are available for Sunday only or as part of a three-day bundle.
January 20-21, 2020: the main conference
The main conference topics tend to focus on advanced subjects that are of interest to experienced pastured poultry farmers. These issues often relate to challenges encountered in scaling up the farm and in the business side of running a pastured poultry farm. Many topics are handled through facilitated peer-to-peer group discussion.
In addition to large group discussions, the conference will feature additional training, breakout groups, and expert resources to help you take your pastured poultry business to the next level. A significant portion of the breakout sessions will be spontaneously created based on the needs of the conference attendees.
The conference operates on the idea that your pasture poultry problem has already been solved by someone else in the room, and you hold the answer to someone else’s challenge. The collective experience opens opportunities to discover solutions.
The conference will include three concurrently available rooms, including a ball room, a training room, and a breakout room. There may be times when you must make a choice about where to spend your time.
Programming highlights include:
Topics, discussions, and programming are subject to change.
January 22, 2020: post-conference farm tour.
Join us for an optional farm tour at Pastured Life Farm in O’Brien, Florida, which will be hosted by Dave and Ginger Shields. The tour is free, and you can register through your conference registration. There is no agenda (other than a farm tour).
Attendees will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the conference center, which is approximately 90 minutes from the farm. Ride share information can be facilitated during the conference.
If you are unable to attend, you can purchase a virtual ticket of the conference that includes recordings of selected workshop content. The virtual courses will be delivered a couple weeks after the conference ends. You can purchase the virtual ticket as a stand alone option or at a reduced rate as part of any registration option.
These courses will be recorded: Profitable Pasture Poultry, Marketing Essentials for Busy Farmers, and both Lean Management workshops. Other content may be subject to inclusion.
Lodging and Travel
In 2020, APPPA is streamlining accommodations and will host the pre-conference and conference programming at the Lexington Hotel & Conference Center in Jacksonville, Florida.
Lodging Deadline: Book your room by January 1, 2020 to receive the discounted room rate.
To reserve your room, call the hotel directly at 904-396-5100 and tell them you are with the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA) conference.
Room rate is $139 per night plus taxes.
Some nights of the conference are sold out at the Lexington. You can make reservations at any nearby hotel, and there are several within walking distance.
Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood suites by Hilton. 1201 Kings Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32207. Phone: (904) 396-6888. We do not have a group rate.
The closest airport is Jacksonville International Airport (JAX).
Distance from the airport to the conference center is 15 miles and can be traveled by cab, Uber, or rental car. There is no hotel shuttle.
Disney World is 2-1/2 hours away making this one of the many attractions available to turn this professional conference into a warm family vacation.
The 2019 conference was well attended despite crippling snow and ice storms that affected over half the United States. Attendees reschedule and rerouted travel plans to ensure they arrived on-time for the conference. That's a real testament to the value they placed on this gathering.
Here is what 2019 looked like:
More than pastured poultry.
APPPA will provide a range of sponsor and underwriting opportunities to ensure your business receives the maximum exposure to a group of highly engaged participants. New in 2020, we'll expand our chance to exhibit across all levels.
American Pastured Poultry Producers Association draws farmers and related suppliers from all over the United States and beyond. In 2019, the conference grew in attendance by 48% from 2018.
Contact Mike Badger to obtain a press pass and additional information about the Professional Pastured Poultry Conference.