Expo 2019

AERO Expo 2019
SEEDING THE FUTURE: Cultivating Community Resilience
Montana State University Campus, Bozeman
October 25-27, 2019
KEYNOTE: Dr. Ricardo Salvador


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.

NOTE: AERO is currently recruiting business partners to sponsor the 2019 EXPO.  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.

If you have questions about becoming a business sponsor for EXPO, please email [email protected] To learn more about the details of sponsoring EXPO, follow this link: https://aeromt.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2019-Business-Partnership-Options-EXPO.pdf



Dr. Ricardo Salvador

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.




Friday: Friday will be filled with a variety of tours on the MSU Campus and the Gallatin Valley focused on farm to campus, local food, food justice, energy on the farm and climate action.
Friday Evening: A new addition to the AERO Expo lineup: we will be having a public event “Seeding the Future” Pecha Kucha style with a dessert buffet and cash bar. Speakers will include our own Jenn Battles as well as 6-7 other inspiring speakers and our keynote! Stayed tune for more on this fun event!

Saturday: Four jam-packed, concurrent sessions on:

  • Food Equity: Access, equity, and justice.
  • Systems & Scale: Exploring solutions and addressing fragility in agriculture and community food systems.
  • Climate: Food, agriculture, climate, energy – connections, challenges, solutions, and the intersections of energy and agriculture.
  • Communication: “Moving the Needle”, expanding Montanan’s understanding of and motivation to participate in community food systems.

Saturday Evening: A wonderful local meal provided by catering at MSU followed by Hawthrone Roots

Sunday Fun-day, DIY Day!
DIY Energy and Ag buffet!
Follow-up Work Sessions
Small Scale Farming Discussion
AERO Annual Meeting