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Behind The Conference: Will Harris


The 19th Annual Georgia Organics Conference is nearly upon us! In anticipation of the featured In Depth Workshops and Educational Sessions, we reached out to presenters for some additional information about their topic.

In this edition of Behind The Conference, we spoke with Will Harris, owner of White Oak Pastures. Will’s greatest accomplishment has been returning it to the Environmentally Sustainable and High Animal Welfare farming system that it was prior to America’s post-World War II farm Centralization, Commoditization, and Industrialization.

Saturday Educational Session
Track 4: Livestock
Will Harris – Beyond Sustainable
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Will plans to discuss core practices that will benefit any farmer striving to build a thriving farm in harmony with earth. Read the full session description here.

1.       Who or what inspired you to join your field and how?

I was a very industrialized cattleman for 20 years. I became disgusted with the excess.

early bird  2.       What does resilience in farming mean to you?

Farming means improving the land, water, soil, and air every year, in perpetuity. Further, it means farming in a manner that will allow your practices to be perpetuated from now to eternity without diminishing our resources or polluting our environment.

3.       What is the toughest aspect of farming, and what helps you get through it?

The risk that is inescapable when making long term capital intensive improvements without disrupting cash flow.

4.       Why are you excited to present about your topic and what are some key takeaways attendees will get from your session? 

I hope to help others avoid costly mistakes that I have made.


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