Plan now to attend our 2011 Ag Opportunities Conference in Marietta, Ohio!

At this conference, farmers will learn grow new crops and new ideas for their farms.

Local foods have swept the nation the past few years and keep on growing. This provides many opportunities for new businesses and the expansion of many small/new farms.

More consumers are demanding ‘fresh from the farm’ when it comes to food safety and their health. Biofuels and other farm related alternative energy sources are becoming the norm.

With all of this consumer interest – what can farmers do to sell locally grown products to meet these needs?

They can start a new crop on the farm – whether it’s meat goats, cheese, honey, berries or vegetables! And at this conference – landowners can learn about the marketing and management that goes with a farm business. One farmer will even share his experiences using solar on the farm to power many of his daily activities.

OSU Extension in Washington County is sponsoring the 2011 Mid-Ohio Valley Agriculture Opportunities Conference on Saturday, April 16 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at Washington State Community College in Marietta, Ohio.

The keynote presentation is titled, “Are you Market Ready?” This presentation will include an in depth look at the necessary steps needed for a farmer to expand their markets: Relationship building, packaging, labeling, pricing, and more.

After the main session – participants can find sixteen different sessions during the day which will help them find their niche in the new agricultural economy. There will be presentations on livestock, fruit, vegetables, plants, activities, marketing and management!

A special afternoon general session is titled “Farm Marketing Tips for Farmers Markets & More” by Eric Barrett and Hal Kneen. These Extension Educators will share their research on farmers markets from 17 farmers markets across the state of New York and at New York City’s Green Markets.

Registration is only $40 and includes lunch along with a Conference Proceedings with details from all presentations from the entire conference.

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