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  • U.S. Farmers & Ranchers in Action is a non-profit group committed to connecting leaders in the food value chain to co-create sustainable food systems of the future.  
  • We approach sustainable food systems with three key factors in mind: our planet, our communities, and our prosperity.  
  • We believe farmers and ranchers are the key to a sustainable future; and we value the leadership, solutions, collaboration, science and connections that will get us to that future.
  • USFRA will convene leaders who are committed to action and response and will jointly develop solutions and mutually beneficial outcomes.  
  • By the end of the Forum, our leadership network will take on the challenges of the next six months and build the next decade of food and agriculture.
  • Following the forum, USFRA will highlight collective climate and carbon commitments from farmers, ranchers and value chain leaders at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).
  • We have been very purposeful in who has been invited to Honor the Harvest, striving for a strong mix of stakeholder groups and thought leadership.  
  • You and your organization have been recognized as leaders willing to take bold, accelerated action.  
  • We need all stakeholder groups at the Forum to collaborate and build the next decade of food and agriculture. Your voice and perspective are valued and needed to be successful with our mission
  • Due to confidentiality, we cannot provide a list of attendees but can provide examples of past participants. Past Honor the Harvest Forums have included C-Suite leaders, governors, members of congress, UN officials and key NGO leaders. 
  • Each leader attends in the spirit of fellowship and the event privileges leadership conversations which are designed and facilitated to bring out the best of leaders. 
  • The forum requires active participation as leaders work toward the future through collaboration. This is a hands-on, roll up your sleeves experience that will demand participants dive in, think differently, engage deeply and generate new ideas, partnerships and actions.  
  • This is not another conference, this is a time to co-create solutions that matter with peers.  
  • To facilitate collaboration and fellowship among participants, the programming will be centered around dialogue, shared experience, and relationship building. 
  • Together we’ll explore top line challenges and opportunities including: 
  1. Leveraging Collaboration & Commitment: We’re moving on individual new carbon and climate commitments, but are not well enough connected across organizations and sectors. Indeed, while many commitments have been made, many are not being met, or measured, across the system. 
  1. Driving Transformative Investment: Big shifts require big investments, and soon. 

Operationalizing Technology: Leveraging “old” and “new” technologies is essential to accelerating change.

The forum will be dialogue-driven event with limited plenary programming and mostly small group discussions. Therefore speaking opportunities are minimal and reserved for partners who are supporting the forum. If your company/organization is interested in a sponsorship opportunity, please contact Joanne Ragalie for more information at

  • If you are unable to attend, please submit an application with your recommended replacement and we will review it with our advisory group. At this time the invitation is non-transferable, but we will do our best to accommodate conflicting schedules so your organization is still well represented.  
  • If you are unable to travel but still interested in the forum, some asynchronous virtual programming will be offered on a limited basis. Please respond to your invitation to discuss with a member of our team.

Unfortunately, this is an invitation-only event and we are unable to accommodate outside attendance requests. 

  • All travel arrangements are to be made by participants at their cost. Below please find more detailed travel information for your convenience: 
  • We recommend you book your flights to arrive by 3pm CDT on Tuesday, September 14 and depart after 3pm CDT on Thursday, September 16 (travel time ~ 1 hour). Shuttles will be offered at the end of the forum to the Des Moines International Airport for departing flights. 
  • We have reserved two room blocks at nearby hotels and will provide ground transportation to and from the farm from these locations. The Gateway Hotel is $124 plus tax per night and the Courtyard Marriott is $139 plus tax per night; taxes currently at 12%. 
  • Forum Location: LongView Farms | 20965 650th Ave, Nevada, IA 50201 
  • Meals will be provided during the forum.  
  • Please note this is a partially outdoor event on a working farm: we recommend you pack appropriate shoes and attire that is comfortable but practical for various weather conditions. We are monitoring weather forecasts and health & safety conditions closely and will provide additional information closer to the date of the forum, including our COVID-19 protocol. 
  • If travel costs prohibit your participation, please respond to your invitation to discuss with a member of our team. Travel funding may be available on a limited basis to ensure a diverse set of participants in the event.
  • In advance of the event, we will be asking our attendees to take the following steps to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19: 
  • Please assess your health status prior to attending the event each day.  If you have a temperature of 100.4 or greater, or if you are experiencing any other COVID-19 type symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste or smell), please do not come to the event.  You should not return to the event until you have been tested for COVID-19 and receive a negative test result.  
  • Upon check-in at the event each day, your temperature will be taken and you will be asked a series of questions regarding your prior travel and exposure to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 14 days.  Please answer those questions truthfully.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated at the time of the event, we encourage attendees to follow best practices for health and safety.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the event space.  Please wash your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds each time.
    • A set of cleaning and health tracking protocols has been developed by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers in Action for a safe Honor the Harvest 2021 Forum. For more details, please contact us.

If you have any questions, please contact Liz Homrig on our events management team at