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ECHO sets dates for 31st annual International Agriculture Conference

Event to take place in November

ECHO, a leading nonprofit global agriculture development organization, is hosting its 31st annual International Agriculture Conference from Tuesday, Nov. 12 to Thursday, Nov. 14 in Fort Myers, Florida. The conference takes place at ECHO’s North American Impact Center and the Crowne Plaza Fort Myers Gulf Coast Hotel.

The three-day event is devoted to eradicating hunger and improving lives through agriculture, clean water and community development. Dozens of breakout sessions and workshops will provide opportunities for learning with others while speakers from around the world will share their agricultural experiences for improving the lives of millions facing food insecurity daily.

Topics include sustainable farming, plant grafting, natural farming, mobilizing churches for agricultural ministry, building resilience against hunger through animal agriculture and more.

The conference will be especially beneficial for current or aspiring international or US-based agricultural development workers. Those encouraged to attend include:

  • Short-term or career missionaries.
  • National community leaders and farmers.
  • Community Gardeners
  • Leaders of development/relief-oriented organizations.
  • University undergraduate, graduate students and professors.
  • International project volunteers (e.g., Peace Corps).

“This is always an inspiring event,” explained ECHO CEO Abram Bicksler. “We have hundreds of people from all over the world attend each year, sharing ideas and strategies on how to improve the lives of impoverished families and communities and we’re looking forward to another great conference of fellowship and networking this November.”

Bicksler added that although ECHO continues to do transformative work around the globe, there is still a great need. He said the statistics show there are about 793 million hungry people in the world and 44 million in the United States alone.

Registration is now open, with early bird registration available until August 21. To learn more and to register, please visit https://conference.echocommunity.org/.

For more information about ECHO and how to support its mission, call 239-543-3246 or visit ECHOnet.org or ECHOcommunity.org.

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