Mark your calendars for July 20, 2022, for the Northern Crops Institute’s Ancient Grains Conference! This conference will be held at the Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River, MN. 

Ancient Grains, also known as Heritage Grains, have provided food for humans and have had minimal changes to their genetic coding by selective breeding. Ancient grains can be classified as cereal grains that include wheat, barley, sorghum, oats, millet, rice, and rye; pseudo-cereals include amaranth, buckwheat, chickpeas; and as oilseed, such as flax, hemp, safflower, and soybeans. Today, many ancient grains remain dietary staples for diverse populations in many parts of the developing world. 

In the United States, Ancient Grains are starting to make a comeback within the food industry. They offer infinite ways to be prepared. NCI recognizes that these grains are underutilized, and the industry has only touched the surface in new food and beverage development. 


The Ancient Grains Conference aims to provide an educational and promotional setting to explore the characteristics and utilization of Ancient Grains.  

Oliver Kelley Farm:

The Northern Crops Institute is partnering with the Oliver Kelley Farm for this Ancient Grains Conference. The Oliver Kelley Farm is an educational facility that highlights past and present farming, food, and agriculture. The Oliver Kelley Farm features a historic 19th-century farmstead, excellent conference venue, multiple crop plots, and nature trails along the Mississippi River. The Oliver Kelley Farm honors past accomplishments in agriculture and is the ideal setting for this Ancient Grains Conference. 

For more information on the Oliver Kelley Farm, click here

How Do I Register?

  • Early Bird Registration Fee: $195.00 (On or Before June 6, 2022)
  • Standard Registration Fee: $250.00 (On or After June 7, 2022)
  • Registration Deadline: June 29, 2022

This fee also includes a complimentary Ancient Grains of the Great Plains Handbook. Each participant will receive their handbook at registration on the day of the event. 

To register for this event, please get in touch with the Northern Crops Institute at 701-231-7736 or email us at

After registration, you will receive details for the conference on logistics scheduling, and the overall format will be sent to you shortly. 


The Northern Crops Institute is hosting a Welcome Dinner the day before the event, July 19, 2022, at the Rockwoods restaurant in Otsego, MN. Rockwoods will offer heavy appetizers and a cash bar for dinner participants. There is a limited capacity, so please indicate if you’d like to join at registration.  

Hotel Information:

Below is the information for the designated hotel for the conference. The Northern Crops Institute has reserved a block of rooms for the travel associated with this conference. There are a limited number of rooms available. Make your reservation via the link below, or call the hotel directly. Please use the reservation code listed below when booking your room—the room blocks close on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Please note that the hotel rooms ARE NOT included in the conference registration. 

Reservation Code: NCI

Holiday Inn Minneapolis NW-Elk River, 
9200 Quaday Ave, NE
Otsego, MN 55330
Phone: (763) 656-4400

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