Scholarships are now available to apply for attending the 2013 PlacerGROWN Farm Conference.
The application form can be found online at: http://ucanr.edu/sites/PGFFC/.
The application is due by January 18th.
The theme of the 2013 PlacerGROWN Farm Conference is Survive and Thrive.
Th conference will be held Saturday, January 26 at Lincoln High School from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The conference is co-sponsored by UC Cooperative Extension and PlacerGROWN.
A major part of the conference is a panel that will discuss trends over the next five to 10 years on land use, water, regulations, local farms, demographics, and marketing of local food.
Participants will be provided an opportunity to respond to each panel member’s presentation. There will be discussion on implications and potential responses with the audience.
After the panel discussion, there will be two workshop sessions, one before and one after lunch.
Workshops will run for one hour and 15 minutes.
Workshops have a theme of selling strategies, consumer education, and improving profitability.
Workshops include consumer outreach to enhance awareness and marketing of specialty crops in Placer and Nevada counties, display ideas and interactions with customers that can improve your sales, things to consider in becoming effective at direct marketing, understanding selling wholesale and its potential in expanding your sales, how to project profit and cash flow before the beginning of your production year, production planning based on economic and cash flow projections, developing your niche meat business, learning how social media can improve sales, and determining your niche meat marketing costs.
The conference is involved with the University of California, United States Department of Agriculture, and Placer and Nevada Counties Cooperating.
The cost of the conference is $40 if you pre-register by January 18 and $50 after. The registration fee includes a continental breakfast, proceedings, trade show, keynote panel, workshops and lunch.
County Director, Placer & Nevada Counties Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor
For further information, contact Roger Ingram, county director and advisor of Placer and Nevada Counties Livestock and Natural Resources at 530-889-7385 or firstname.lastname@example.org.