COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Proponents of what’s envisioned as an “agrarian renaissance” will hold a three-day symposium in Columbia next month on the links between agriculture, the environment and global food production.

The “Far From the Farm” event will take place April 9-11 at several downtown locations. It’s free and open to the public.

The symposium is billed as an effort to promote rural economic development while exploring alternatives to the factory-size farms known as concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs. Missouri law defines CAFOs as industrial-size livestock operations where animals are primarily confined indoors.

Participants will include farmers, authors and activists from Missouri and beyond.