November 13-15, 2018

ECHO® International Agriculture Conference
Fort Myers, Florida

The ECHO® International Agriculture Conference is celebrating its 25th anniversary! We are thrilled to celebrate this milestone by highlighting you, our network members! We hope that you can join us this year, and share your story!

Why Attend?

Every year, this event brings together influential voices dedicated to eradicating hunger and improving lives through agriculture and community development. Speakers share practical solutions to agricultural challenges, personal experiences, and strategies for improving the lives of millions who daily face the threat of starvation. Our conference offers an open exchange of information, connecting the people and ideas that can make a real and sustainable difference.

For our 25th Conference, ECHO is highlighting you, our network! We would love to see you in November, and share your successes, stuggles, strategies, and stories with us and our network.

Who Should Attend?

This conference will especially benefit current or aspiring agricultural international development workers. At this conference, you will get to network with professionals who share your context and your passions!

  • Short-term or career missionaries
  • National community leaders and farmers
  • Leaders of development/relief-oriented organizations
  • University undergraduate, graduate students and professors
  • International project volunteers (e.g. Peace Corps)
When
Tuesday - Thursday November 13-15, 2018

With optional post-event workshops on Friday, November 16.

Where
Fort Myers, Florida ECHO Global Farm & Crowne Plaza
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25th Annual Event

This year, we are excited to announce a very special lineup of speakers that you will get to hear from in our morning plenary sessions, afternoon workshops, and evening breakout sessions. Our speakers represent academics, professors, and practitioners in agriculture development.

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Dr. Martin Price speaking about urban gardening

Exciting 25th annual event!

  • Hear from Dr. Martin Price, ECHO's first President & CEO and co-founder during our kickoff plenary talk, Tuesday morning.
  • Walk through ECHO's Global Farm with Martin and Bonnie Price for a historical tour.
  • Peruse historical photographs of ECHO's Global Farm over the past 25 years.
  • Connect with other delegates through networking events:
    • Kickoff networking event
    • Topic Tables during lunch
    • Recruiting lunch: a time for job seekers to connect with organizations

Below you'll find the schedule for the 2018 ECHO International Agriculture Conference. We'll keep this page regularly updated with all new speakers and sessions.

7:00 AM 8:00 AM

Breakfast & Late Registration

Check-in for those who do not arrive on Monday.
Breakfast at the hotel is complementary for hotel guests.


9:00 AM 9:45 AM

Thoughts on how to explain ECHO’s growth and global impact – Ideas that may apply to your organization!

Dr. Martin Price

Key factors that contributed to ECHO’s vision and subsequent growth


9:45 AM 10:30 AM

Adoption of amaranth in the local context of Oaxaca, Mexico

Pete Noll

Using a participatory approach to encourage adoption of amaranth and promotion of food sovereignthy in Mexico.


11:00 AM 11:45 AM

The answer is in the room

Dr. Karen Stoufer

How we can train others so that knowledge and skills can be effectively passed on and learning continue.


12:30 PM 2:00 PM

Lunch

A light lunch is included in your conference registration and is served at the ECHO Global Farm.


1:40 PM 3:00 PM

Afternoon Workshops I

Gain hands-on experience, meet the speakers, and participate in unique workshops at the ECHO Global Farm.

3:30 PM 5:00 PM

Afternoon Workshops II

Gain hands-on experience, meet the speakers, and participate in unique workshops at the ECHO Global Farm.


5:00 PM 7:00 PM

Dinner

Dinner options are available within a short waking distance of the hotel. Dinner is on your own, and we encourage you to use the time to network with your fellow delegates.


7:00 PM 7:30 PM

Evening Breakout Sessions I

Learn about your fellow delegates and their projects around the world. Opportunities exist for delegates to host presentations and networking events.


7:30 PM 8:00 PM

Evening Breakout Sessions II

Learn about your fellow delegates and their projects around the world. Opportunities exist for delegates to host presentations and networking events.

7:00 AM 8:00 AM

Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel is complementary for hotel guests.


9:00 AM 9:45 AM

Investing in African women and thriving food markets through post-harvest innovation

Alexandra Spieldoch

Strategies to increase food supply and to empower women farmers and rural communities with post-harvest tools and services


9:45 AM 10:30 AM

15 Underutilized Crops for Improving the Lives of Smallholder Farm Families

Josh Jamison

Through the exploration of proven options for different climatic zones, this talk will discuss overlooked crops that can alleviate suffering through providing food, forage,and fuel.


11:00 AM 11:45 AM

Anthropology as a tool for facilitating agricultural development

Dr. Joel Matthews

How to use and apply basic tools of social science to improve development facilitation in unfamiliar contexts.


12:30 PM 2:00 PM

Lunch

A light lunch is included in your conference registration and is served at the ECHO Global Farm.


1:40 PM 3:00 PM

Afternoon Workshops I

Gain hands-on experience, meet the speakers, and participate in unique workshops at the ECHO Global Farm.

3:30 PM 5:00 PM

Afternoon Workshops II

Gain hands-on experience, meet the speakers, and participate in unique workshops at the ECHO Global Farm.


5:00 PM 7:00 PM

Dinner

Dinner options are available within a short waking distance of the hotel. Dinner is on your own, and we encourage you to use the time to network with your fellow delegates.


7:00 PM 7:30 PM

Evening Breakout Sessions I

Learn about your fellow delegates and their projects around the world. Opportunities exist for delegates to host presentations and networking events.


7:30 PM 8:00 PM

Evening Breakout Sessions II

Learn about your fellow delegates and their projects around the world. Opportunities exist for delegates to host presentations and networking events.

7:00 AM 8:00 AM

Breakfast & Late Registration

Check in for those who do not arrive on Monday.
Breakfast at the hotel is complementary for hotel guests.


8:45 AM 9:30 AM

Low cost plant parasitic nematode management strategies

Dr. Ben Dube

Simple and yet effective agronomic practices that discourage the buildup of plant - parasitic nematodes in the soil.


9:30 AM 10:15 AM

Seed2Save – an ‘old school’ approach to vegetable seed development.

Mike Mueller

Strategies and methods for seed selection to improve future varieties


10:30 AM 11:15 AM

When helping heals

Bev Abma

Sharing values, interventions, and experiences of workers committed to long-term sustainable change.


12:30 PM 2:00 PM

Lunch

A light lunch is included in your conference registration and is served at the ECHO Global Farm.


1:40 PM 3:00 PM

Afternoon Workshops I

Gain hands-on experience, meet the speakers, and participate in unique workshops at the ECHO Global Farm.

3:30 PM 5:00 PM

Afternoon Workshops II

Gain hands-on experience, meet the speakers, and participate in unique workshops at the ECHO Global Farm.


6:00 PM

Conference Banquet

This special banquet will conclude the 25th annual ECHO® International Agriculture Conference. (Included in your conference registration.)


7:00 AM 7:45 AM

Late Registration

Last minute registration is open for delegates who have not registered prior to Friday's workshop.


7:45 AM

Bus Departure For Farm

Bus transportation is offered for those who are registered for post-conference workshops.

* Please do not be late, the bus is the only transportation provided to take you to the farm.


9:00 PM 12:00 PM

Morning Session

These all-day courses provide in-depth and hands-on training. Topics TBD.

12:00 PM 1:00 PM

Lunch

Lunch is provided at the farm.


1:00 PM 2:30 PM

Afternoon Session

These all-day courses provide in-depth and hands-on training. Topics TBD.


4:30 PM

Bus Departure For Hotel

The bus will return delegates to the conference hotel where they can take the hotel transport to the airport or make other travel arrangements.


Join the Event

Opportunities are available for the full conference, student and spouse rates, one-day passes, post-conference workshops, and exhibitor displays.

One-Day Pass

$ 130

Attend Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday sessions.

  • Morning Plenary Sessions Yes
  • Lunch Yes
  • Afternoon Workshops Yes
  • Evening Sessions/Banquet Yes
Email for more information

Full Event

$ 345

Lodging not included.

Get the full benefit of the conference!

  • All Sessions & Workshops Yes
  • Lunches Yes
  • Digital Resources Yes
  • Banquet Yes
  • Certificate Yes

Spouse Registration

$ 150

Lodging not included.

Join your spouse at the conference!

  • All Sessions & Workshops Yes
  • Lunches Yes
  • Digital Resources Yes
  • Banquet Yes
  • Certificate Yes

+ Independent Study

$ 25

Add a day of self-guided learning utilizing ECHO's Technical Library.

  • Full Library Access Yes
  • Lunch Yes
  • Transportation Yes
More Details

+ Post-Conference

$ 50

Add a day of intensive interactive learning, on ECHO's farm.

  • All Day Training Yes
  • Your Choice of Topics Yes
  • Lunch Yes
  • Transportation Yes
More Details

+ Exhibitor Table

$ 100

Add a display area to highlight your organization or project.

  • Reserved: 6' Table Yes
  • Located:Crowne Plaza Yes
  • Set up:Monday night Yes
More Details

Earlybird pricing is still in effect, full conference registrations now available for $345.
Due to the interactive nature of this event, space is limited.

Transportation & Lodging

Conveniently located near the ECHO Global Farm, the Crowne Plaza Hotel hosts morning plenary and evening breakout sessions. Lunch and afternoons are spent in workshops at the farm.

Please note that lodging is NOT INCLUDED in conference registration, you will need to book your room directly through the hotel. Use promo code "ECH" to receive the discounted conference rate by October 15th, 2018.

Crowne Plaza Hotel - Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops

13051 Bell Tower Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33907 USA

Transportation to and from the farm from the conference hotel is provided. If you have your own vehicle, you are welcome to drive to the farm for lunch and the afternoon workshops.

Arrival By Car

The conference hotel is located approximately 5 miles west of Interstate 75 on Daniels Parkway.

Directions To The Hotel

Arrival by Plane

The hotel offers complimentary transportation to and from the Fort Myers airport. We highly recommend that you book all travel to Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW).

There are several large international airports within several hours drive from the conference including Fort Lauderdale(FLL), Miami (MIA), Tampa(TPA), and Orlando(MCO). These are not recommended as we do not provide transportation to and from these airports. However, if necessary you may be able to share a ride with another delegate. Click the links above to go to each airport's ride-sharing page.

Important Information for International Travelers
Conference Resources

What does an ECHO International Agriculture Conference look like?
Check out these videos from previous year's plenary speakers:

November 17, 2016

The basics of biogas for smallholder farmers - Dr. Ann Wilkie

Anaerobic digestion, or biodigestion, involves the microbial degradation of organic materials in an oxygen-free environment. Feedstocks for anaerobic digestion include...

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November 15, 2017

Integrating practical nutrition education into community agricultural programs - Kathy Bryson

For too long agriculture and nutrition have been separate sectors of development. Producing more food does not ensure less child malnutrition...

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November 17, 2016

Biochar for soil restoration and environmental management - Dr. Roy Beckford

Findings from a research project that investigated an intervention strategy. The first goal was to determine the practicability of rebuilding...

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Food & Drink

Breakfast

If you are staying at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, breakfast is included in your lodging costs. Breakfast usually consists of muffins or pastries, cereal, fruit, milk, coffee, and juice.

Lunch

Lunch is provided each day at the ECHO® Global Farm. Lunches vary to provide for different tastes and usually include rice and beans, a protein, salad from the farm, water, and juice.

Dinner

Thursday's banquet dinner is included in your conference registration, dinner on all other nights is on your own.

There are many restaurants in walking distance of the conference hotel. Below we have provided some resources if you are looking for a place to eat:

The resources and networking opportunities that make the ECHO International Agriculture Conference unique are available year-round through ECHOcommunity.org

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