Issue Alert! A different kind of tour planned for this year's annual conference.....

January 7, 2015

A different kind of conference tour......

The 2015 Family Farm Alliance Annual Meeting and Conference general session will wrap up at noon on Friday, February 20th in the ballrooms at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. In past years, some conference attendees have headed out to see Hoover Dam, the fountains of Bellagio, or the new water intake in Lake Mead that serves Las Vegas. 

 

This year, we're trying something new!  

 

Starting at 1:00 p.m. at the Dragon Noodle Co. and Sushi Bar (located on the casino level of the Monte Carlo), John Ehrmann of the Meridian Institute will facilitate a brain-storming session that will bring together interested conference attendees and environmental policy experts to discuss ideas on how to make the 40-year old ESA effective and reflect scientific advancements and societal needs of the 21st century. Are there ways to more successfully assist species that are truly in danger? Can implementation of the Act be updated so species conservation does not create conflicts with people?  

 

Join us for a unique opportunity to network with farmers, ranchers, water professionals, agency experts and conservationists as we brainstorm on ideas to make the Endangered Species Act work for the Western environment and rural communities.  

 

The cost to participate in this exciting event is only $20! 

 

That will get you a seat at the table and a chance to discuss policy with friends and new acquaintances. It also gives you a chance to share a family-style luncheon prepared by the Dragon Noodle's dynamite chefs: vegetable spring rolls, egg flower soup, sweet and sour chicken, pork chow mein, vegetable fried rice, and house Onlong tea and fortune cookies. No-host drinks will also be served.

 

For those of you who have already submitted your conference registration with credit card information and wish to participate in this event, please contact Jane Townsend at 707-998-9497 or ffameeting@aol.com and she'll add the event charge to your conference bill. For those of you who have not registered yet, please download the registration form and check the "tour" box.

 

But you better hurry - the deadline to get rooms at the reduced conference rate is January 19!

 

The 2015 conference is going to be a great one - check out this year's general session line-up.

 

We hope to see you in Las Vegas in February!

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