AMES, Iowa — The second annual Iowa Small Farms Conference will be held Feb. 11, 2017 in Ames, Iowa. Dan Perkins of Perkins’ Good Earth Farm will be the featured speaker along with a wide variety of track options and a trade show.
“The Iowa Small Farms Conference will be a great event for people who are excited to learn more about opportunities on their small farm or acreage,” said Christa Hartsook, small farms program coordinator with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “With a wide variety of track options, attendees can get the most out of their day by customizing the conference to fit their special needs and interests.”
The day begins with an address from Perkins, a certified crop adviser and owner and operator of a CSA along with his wife Julie in DeMotte, Ind. Perkins’ farm offers spring and fall CSA shares, as well as wholesale and retail garlic.
Three relevant tracks throughout the day will be led by experts and offer a wide variety of information to attendees. Track options will include establishing hops, raising concurbits, tractors 101, creating windbreaks, wildlife habitat, on-farm wind and solar, niche pork and more.
A trade show at the conference will provide attendees with opportunities to network with companies representing many facets of agriculture.
The Iowa Small Farms Conference will be held in the Scheman Building on Iowa State’s campus from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early registration is available for $50 until Jan. 31, with registration moving to $75 after that date. For more information and to register, visit www.aep.iastate.edu/smallfarms
— Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
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