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Keynote: Agriculture for a Regenerative Future

Thursday, January 21, 2021

3:20 - 5:00pm PT

To be presented in English and Spanish

The Revolution is Regenerative: Guiding Agriculture Towards the Future

John Kempf, Advancing Eco Agriculture

Can our current agricultural systems produce the “food as medicine” our society needs? Over the years, farmers and agribusiness have championed the positive effects of organic production as the best way to impact public health—but is there a better way? Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA) Founder John Kempf describes the power of regenerative agriculture and its ability to benefit plant health, soil health, and ultimately, human health. Throughout the keynote, John will discuss the capacity of regenerative agricultural systems to produce disease and insect-resistant crops, regenerate soil and ecosystem health, and supply the world with medicinal quality food.

Decolonization and Indigenization of Regenerative Agriculture

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Regenerative Agriculture Alliance

This is a presentation focused on two central concepts of regenerative thinking a) decolonization of the mind, science, processes, methodology, agricultural production and overall system-level engineering, as well as other systemic issues needed to address in order to achieve the core outcomes intended through real regenerative agriculture, b) indigenization of the way we study, see, interact with, work with and relate to natural ecosystems and with each other as part of the earth’s living systems as a foundation in the transformation of the processes and structural changes that lead to decolonized regenerative agriculture outcomes that reflect the indigenous origins and the integrity of the concept of regenerative thinking.

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Keynote | 3:30pm PT

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John Kempf

John Kempf
Presenter Affiliation: 
Advancing Eco Agriculture
John Kempf is a leading crop health consultant and designer of innovative soil and plant management  systems. He is the founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture, a plant nutrition and biostimulants consulting company. A top expert in the field of biological and regenerative farming, John founded AEA in 2006 to help fellow farmers by providing the education, tools, and strategies that will have a global effect on the food supply and those who are growing that supply. John is the host of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, where he interviews top scientists and growers about the science and principles of implementing regenerative agriculture on a large scale. He has a unique ability to simplify and clearly explain complex concepts in the areas of soil and  plant health, and skillfully discusses the larger social and environmental impacts of food, agriculture, and  ecology. John’s mission is to provide support to the world’s farmers and globally impact our food supply.

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin
Presenter Affiliation: 
Regenerative Agriculture Alliance
Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin began working on economic development projects with indigenous Guatemalan communities in 1988. He served as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program’s Bureau for Latin America and as an advisor to the World Council of Indigenous Peoples. He was a founding member of the Fair-Trade Federation in 1994. Haslett-Marroquin is an owner-founder of Regeneration Farms LLC, and Founder and President of the Regenerative Agriculture Alliance. Regi was awarded a prestigious lifetime Ashoka Fellowship in 2018 for his work in Regenerative Poultry Systems, which is at the center of a multitude of national and international initiatives. This system is designed to be uniquely aligned with the social and economic, conditions of new, immigrant, and small farms and marginalized communities. The system is designed for large-scale and global impact. Regi is the author of In the Shadow of Green Man, My Journey from Poverty and Hunger to Food Security and Hope, available from the publisher,, and numerous other book sellers.



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