BISMARCK — Food safety, livestock production, business planning and tips to market specialty crops are among the topics to be covered at the 13th annual meeting of the North Dakota Farmers Market & Growers Association (NDFMGA) & Local Foods Conference, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4, at the Baymont Inn & Suites, 2611 Old Red Trail NW, Mandan, ND.
The two-day conference, sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the NDFMGA, attracts growers, processors, marketers and others from across the state.
“The conference includes in-depth sessions on production practices, business development and marketing,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “There will be plenty of opportunities for participants to network with each other.”
The conference will kick off Friday with a social media seminar, followed by welcoming remarks from Goehring and a light lunch. Breakout sessions will follow, along with the NDFMGA annual meeting and banquet that evening.
Saturday will start with a keynote presentation by Lanelle Vasichek, marketing consultant, national speaker and author. She will speak about how to find your best day ever, even when it doesn’t seem so good.
Over 20 break-out sessions are scheduled for the two days. Some of the topics include: egg layer production, no-till gardening, post-harvest handling, rules and regulations of processing and selling meat, grant writing and much more.
The event is open to the public. Registration is $55 per person and includes all sessions and meals. A single day registration is $35. Walk-ins are $10 more. Registration information is available at https://www.nd.gov/ndda/events/2017-ndfmga-local-foods-conference.
— North Dakota Department of Agriculture
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