Small farm conferences coming up

Ohio State University Extension will host two conferences in March dedicated to small farm landowners.

The first conference is the third annual “Opening Doors to Success” Small Farm Conference and Trade Show to be held March 11-12 at Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio. The conference will feature 38 breakout sessions and a trade show for small farmers.

The conference kicks off on Friday, March 11 at 5:30 p.m. with a session, “Get Ready – Get Set – Get Market Ready” – an evening dedicated to investigating opportunities for marketing beyond the farm gate.

Saturday, March 12 will feature over 35 breakout sessions offered throughout  the day and will cover a variety of topics that will include such examples as: Growing Grapes/Making Wine; Agritourism; Bee Keeping; Poultry Production; Biosecurity for Livestock; Berry Production; Equipment Needs; Food Preservation; Food Safety; Cherry Production; Agricultural Law Considerations; Insurance Issues; Pumpkin, Sweet Corn and Tomato Production; Alternative Energy Sources; Meat Marketing, Pasture and Hay Production; Local Foods; Social Media Marketing; Financial Management; Organic Dairy: Livestock Production; Grants and Loans and so much more.

The program is co-sponsored by OSU Extension Small Farm Program; Wilmington College; Farm Credit Services of Mid-America; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture offices of the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Agriculture Statistic Service and Rural Development.

Registration is $20 on March 11, $50 on March 12 or $60 for both days. Registration deadline is March 4. For more information, log on to: http://clinton.osu.edu, or contact OSU Extension educator Tony Nye at nye.1@osu.edu or 937-382-0901.

The second annual “Living Your Small Farm Dream” Northeast Ohio Small Farm Conference and Trade Show will be held on March 26 at the R.G. Drage Career Center from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. in Massillon, Ohio.

The conference will begin with a Keynote addresses, “Using Social Media to Reach Customers and Market Your Product” followed by 23 breakout sessions attendees can pick and choose from.

Examples of Breakout sessions at this conference will include: Aquaculture; Selling Your Products Retail; Agritourism; Beekeeping; Oil & Gas; High Tunnel Cost – Share Programs; Berry Production; Developing a CSA; Soils And Fertility; Alternative Energy for Small Farms; Food Safety; Grants for New and Small Farms; Meat Goat and Rabbit Production and Marketing; Leasing Land; Government Programs for New and Small Farms and much more.

This program is co-sponsored by OSU Extension Small Farm Program; Farm Credit Services of Mid-America; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture offices of the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Agriculture Statistic Service and Rural Development.

Registration is $50 per person.  Registration deadline is March 18. For more information log on to: http://jefferson.osu.edu , http://clinton.osu.edu , or contact OSU Extension educator Mike Hogan at hogan.1@osu.edu or 740-264-2212.

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