2016 Michigan Good Food Summit "Good Food for All": The Road to 2020

The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is seeking abstracts for breakout sessions for the 2016 Michigan Good Food Summit. The Summit will address best practices in the field of "good food" - food that is healthy, green, fair, and affordable.



2016 Michigan Good Food Summit

Good Food for All: The Road to 2020

October 28, 2016 · Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing, MI

Presented by the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems

Call for Abstracts: Guidelines and Instructions


The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is seeking abstracts for breakout sessions for the 2016 Michigan Good Food Summit. The Summit will address best practices in the field of “good food” (food that is healthy, green, fair, and affordable), especially new developments since 2014 Summit. This year’s theme, Good Food for All: The Road to 2020, focuses on equity throughout the food system and progress and gaps in achieving the goals of the Michigan Good Food Charter.


We also invite you to consider supporting the Summit as a sponsor or exhibitor! Sponsorship opportunities can be found at online.


The major purposes of this event are to:


  • Celebrate the successes in moving toward a Michigan-based food system that is healthy, green, fair and affordable, as envisioned in the Michigan Good Food Charter;
  • Share tools and resources that local groups can use to enhance progress toward a robust and healthy food system in their own communities; and
  • Network and learn from the many success stories taking place in Michigan to enable greater engagement in the good food movement.


Due Date for Abstracts:                 Monday, May 23, 2016

Notification Date:                           Presenters will be notified of the decision on their submission via e-mail by June 10, 2016.

Submit Abstracts online:              http://goo.gl/forms/YMStg95VWv


Topic Areas:

Abstracts are sought that relate to the two-part theme of this year’s conference, Good Food for All: The Road to 2020. First, how can we increase access to good food for everyone and foster equity throughout the food system? Second, what strategies, policies and programs have helped advance progress towards the goals of the Michigan Good Food Charter and what is still needed to meet the goals by 2020? Under this theme, topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Engaging youth
  • Food access
  • Food and faith
  • Food justice
  • Food policy
  • Food safety
  • Good food entrepreneurship
  • Health equity
  • Racial equity
  • Supply chain logistics
  • Supporting new and beginning farmers
  • Tracking and evaluation
  • Urban agriculture

Submissions of interest to audiences the Planning Committee would like to engage more strongly than in previous Summits are especially encouraged. Those audiences are:

  • Farmers and Producers
  • Food businesses
  • Institutions (e.g. schools, universities, hospitals, early child care providers, senior living facilities and corrections facilities)
  • Processors
  • Restaurants
  • Youth educators

Abstract Format Submission Requirements:

  • Submissions should be completed online at http://goo.gl/forms/YMStg95VWv. For questions or concerns with submission, please email Diane Drago.
  • All presenters must be listed.
  • If you wish, documents supporting your submission, such as a program fact sheet or brochure, may be submitted by email to ddrago@dmsevents.com.


Breakout Format Options:

All breakout sessions will be 75 minutes long. Three types of breakout formats are available. While the Program Committee reserves the right to make the final decision into which format an abstract submission will be assigned, all submissions should indicate a preferred format. The three formats are:


  • Lightning Talks
    • Lightning Talks will be diverse and lively! This session will engage a wide range of presenters and is a great opportunity to share emerging insights and best practices or to distill big ideas into a core message.
      • Up to 10 presenters will be able to present a brief synopsis of a new idea or program to the audience.
      • Each presenter will have five minutes to present and 15 minutes will be provided for all audience questions.
  • Panels
    • Panels are a more traditional format bringing together multiple speakers around a single theme. These sessions should include speakers from different organizations and identify a target audience.
      • Sessions of up to four presenters will provide an opportunity to present on a unified topic with more depth.
      • Sessions will consist of 45-60 minutes for presentations and 15-30 minutes for audience questions and discussion.


  • Workshops
    • Workshops are intended to directly engage a smaller group of people in discussing ideas or building practical skills. These sessions could take a range of formats and address a wide range of topics – such as exploring issues of race and equity in the food system, grant-writing tips or connecting with non-traditional partners – but should tie into strategies for implementing the goals and priorities of the Michigan Good Food Charter.
      • These will be interactive sessions that engage the audience in a learning activity and/or discussion, emphasizing audience participation rather than speaker presentations.
      • The session must be interactive and the number of attendees will be limited.


Breakout Session Guidelines:

  • Abstracts will be considered for breakout sessions only, not keynote sessions.
  • The Program Committee reserves the right to make the final decision into which format an abstract submission will be assigned. Presenters of accepted abstracts will be notified of their breakout session format – lightning talk, panel or workshop.
  • Presenters in panel breakout sessions, and possibly also workshops and lightning talks, will be asked to host their session twice, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
  • If the presenter is to be part of a panel, he/she may be asked to participate in a conference call with the other panelists in that session prior to the Summit. 
  • Presenters using slides will be required to submit their presentations (PowerPoint, Prezi, etc.) for posting on the Summit website in PDF format. 
  • Note:  Those selected for the Lightning Talks will be required to use PowerPoint format if using slides and to submit their final PowerPoints slides at least two weeks prior to the Summit.
  • Presenters will be provided with Summit registration instructions. Breakout session speakers will be offered a reduced registration price of $20. (The full registration price is $50 for organizational affiliates.) If the registration price is a hardship, please contact Diane Drago for information on registration scholarships.



  • For questions on submission procedure, please contact Diane Drago 
  • For questions on the content of your abstract, please contact Kathryn Colasanti


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