Alex Miller, PhD, is the William B. Stokely Chair of Business at the University of Tennessee. He is also a seventh-generation farmer at Lick Skillet Farm in the foothills of East Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains. His family’s century-old farm practices regenerative agriculture to produce the cleanest, most nutrient-dense beef, pork, lamb, chicken, and eggs possible. With half his time spent inside the university business school and the other half spent on a successful family farm, Alex is uniquely qualified to tackle the subject of saving family farms. Alex worked his way through college and two graduate schools on the family farm. Now, as a business school professor, he sees the data documenting the loss of US farms. But he also understands the business dynamics behind that loss, and what we can all do to help stop it. He describes himself as a one-man crusade to save family farms and is delighted to bring his message of hope to us as a wise tradition.
THE LOSS OF LOCAL FARMS AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21
America’s traditional farms have become an endangered species as more and more are lost to industrial ag and urban sprawl. In this session, Dr. Miller will detail the loss of farmland, explain how and why it is happening, and discuss the consequences we face. He will end the session on a more optimistic note by explaining how we, as informed consumers, can protect and sustain our remaining farms.