14th Annual Small Farm Conference

Friday, November 3rd & Saturday, November 4th, 2017


PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (September 3, 2017) — North Carolina registered forester and publisher of Minority Landowner Magazine, Victor L. Harris, will be the featured keynote speaker for University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s 14th annual Small Farm Conference set for Friday and Saturday, November 3 and 4. An event that is popular on the Lower Eastern Shore and beyond, the two-day conference promises to delivery a robust offering of timely, up-to-date, practical information for farmers, landowners, entrepreneurs, aspiring small business owners and supporters of agriculture.

Friday’s program has expanded to include a diverse mix of workshops, hands-on demonstrations, and tours on topics like beekeeping, sheep and goat management, basics of establishing a fruit orchard, learning to raise fish in cages, and climate impacts in agriculture and forest management.  To round out day, participants can look forward to an exhibitor and vendor expo and evening networking reception.

For Saturday’s sessions, a variety of speakers and well-planned workshops are set to address innovative concepts concerning alternative agriculture, farm business and marketing, and beginning farmers. Workshop topics for the alternative agriculture track include the production of exotic crops, cover cropping, and growing cut-flowers for profit.  A growers, regulators, and buyers panel discussion, branding your business, and pricing meat cuts are a part of the farm business and marketing track.  USDA farm programs and services, farm equipment and preventive maintenance, and farmer experiences are sessions reserved for the beginning farmer track.

Online registration for the 14th annual Small Farm Conference will open soon. Be sure to save money with the Early Bird Special by registering on or before Friday, October 13. For more information, contact Berran Rogers (blrogers@umes.edu) at 410-651-6693 or conference support staff at 410-651-6070/6206.  More information about the conference can be found at www.umes.edu/sans or www.umessmallfarm.com.

Stay tuned for keynote speaker, workshop topics and registration information.  Be sure to like us on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/UMESExtension.

Suzanne Waters Street, agriculture communication specialist, UMES – University of Maryland Extension, 410-651-6084, sstreet@umes.edu.

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