In 1984, AERO’s Ag Task Force hosted Montana’s first major sustainable agriculture conference in Bozeman on the Montana State University campus. Today, 35 years later, AERO is partnering with MSU and community members to host the 2019 Expo: “Seeding the Future.” Expo 2019 built from 45 years of visionary work by AERO and partners, and to empower new generations of students and entrepreneurs.
In 2019, agricultural endeavors have the largest impact on Montana economies, resources, landscapes, and energy use. AERO’s focus is on community building for the purpose of nurturing and promoting robust and resilient regional food system development across the state. Since sustainable, robust regional food systems naturally include sustainable energy means throughout the system, resilient regional foods systems by definition include resource stewardship and renewable energy. This will be the focus of the 2019 Expo.
Join us to explore new perspectives and advance efforts to build sustainable, healthful, equitable food systems across our region. We are excited about our strong planning partnership with MSU faculty, staff and students, AERO members and the Open to Local Coalition of Bozeman.
KEYNOTE: Dr. Ricardo Salvador
As the senior scientist and director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Dr. Ricardo Salvador works with citizens, scientists, economists, and politicians to transition our current food system into one that grows healthy foods while employing sustainable and socially equitable practices. Dr. Salvador is an internationally renowned agronomist with more than 20 years of experience working to build a healthier food system and we look forward to him bringing his expertise to Montana.