ASAP announces 13th Business of Farming Conference

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project kicks off 2016 with their 13th annual Business of Farming Conference and an expanded matching funds program supporting farm marketing efforts. Both initiatives help provide farmers with tools and resources they need to improve farm businesses.

 

The Business of Farming Conference will be held on Feb. 20, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at UNC Asheville and promises to offer valuable learning and networking opportunities for both beginning and experienced farmers. Experienced farmers, regional business and agricultural professionals will lead 15 business and marketing workshops including, “The Dos and Don’ts of Selling to Restaurants,” “Farm Business Planning,” and “Making Social Media Work For You.”

 

Returning participants can also expect new sessions this year including discussing legal topics with Ward & Smith P.A., “Crafting Your Farm Story,” and a workshop focused on the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) produce rule and how it will affect farm businesses. The popular Grower-Buyer Meetings also return with more than 15 buyers including area restaurants, grocers, distributors and more.

 

“I look forward to the Business of Farming Conference every year. Making a successful business out of a farming enterprise is by far the most challenging aspect of agricultural production. ASAP pulls together an excellent menu of local farmers to make presentations about how they are making a go of it,” said Steven Beltram, owner of Balsam Gardens.

 

Western North Carolina farmers have the opportunity to put what they learn at the

conference into action through a cost share program for Appalachian Grown custom farm marketing and promotions. These matching funds, made possible through support from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, can be used for design and production of labels, packaging, or promotional materials. A new aspect of the cost share program this year is that Appalachian Grown certified farmers markets in North Carolina can apply as a farmer group to support market signage and promotional materials.

 

Registration for the conference is now open at asapconnections.org/conference attendance. More information about the cost share program is available at asapconnections.org (“Tools” tab) or by contacting the ASAP office at 828-236-1282.

 

The Business of Farming Conference is made possible with support from the Buncombe County Service Foundation, USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program, Golden LEAF Foundation, Southern Risk Management Education Center, UNC Asheville Dining, and many more community partners. A grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission allows ASAP to offer the marketing cost share for farmers again in 2016.

 

-Submitted by Scott Bunn

Columbus

Suspect identified after fatal shooting in Columbus

News

Collision on Lynn Rd. leads to traffic standstill

Columbus

One dead, another injured in Columbus shooting

News

Suspect in custody after shooting at Ashley Meadows apartments

Community

PEDALING FOR A PURPOSE: 14th Annual Climb to Conquer Cancer

Community

Landrum welcomes new police officer, establishes new historical board

Community

Registration for Senior Games, SilverArts is open

Community

Hoax active shooter call reported at  Polk County High School

Campobello

Man wanted after drugs, guns found in Campobello shed

News

Riders on horseback discover body along River Road 

Community

Tryon greenlights soliciting contractors for major infrastructure overhaul

Community

Polk BOC receives PCHS medallions, declares April Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Community

Landrum man pleads guilty after pit bulls fatally attack neighbor’s pony

Community

Two critically injured after motorcycle collides with SUV in Mill Spring

Community

Landrum City Council discusses funding for parks, police

Community

Landrum City Council presents candidates for Rail and History Museum Board

News

Single vehicle accident on I-26 claims life of Tennessee man 

Arts

Earl Scruggs Music Festival announces 2024 lineup

Community

Home saved after structure fire on Lanier Drive

Community

Mooresville man arrested on drug, stolen gun charges in Sunny View

News

Former CEO of Washburn Law dies in car crash 

Community

Landrum High School alumni wins town council seat in Irmo

News

Polk County primary election results

Community

Polk Board of Commissioners declares April Isothermal Community College Month