In 1984, AERO’s Ag Task Force hosted Montana’s first major sustainable agriculture conference in Bozeman on the Montana State University campus. 35 years later, AERO is partnering with MSU and community members to host the 2019 Expo: “Seeding the Future.” To be held October 25-27, 2019 on MSU campus, this conference seeks to build 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 moving forward will be 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.
We value Montana businesses that uphold our shared investment in sustainable practices, and as a collaborator in working towards a better future for our state. As a premiere sustainability event spanning an entire weekend, EXPO provides your business with the opportunity to receive high visibility among those who care deeply about the practices you employ to help protect human and natural resources. Hundreds of attendees and hundreds more AERO members engage with Expo as a way to identify and connect with businesses that share their values. Becoming an AERO Business Partner signifies a relationship with AERO that demonstrates a commitment on behalf of your business to support a sustainable future for Montana, and acknowledgement by AERO that your business plays a vital role in helping all of us achieve that future. AERO will work enthusiastically to highlight your work, and encourage our membership to patron your business.
Director, Food & Environment Program: Union of Concerned Scientists
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.