Lots of help out there for small farmers, including this Ohio event

Hello friends,

OSU Extension is hosting a Northeast Ohio Small Farm Conference and Trade Show March 26, 2011 at the R.G. Drage Career Center, 6805 Richville Drive S.W., Massillon. The conference starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. The conference is sponsored by Rural Development, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources and Conservation Service, USDA, and Farm Credit Services of MidAmerica.

The conference includes a number of breakout seminars. There are 12 seminars in the morning and 11 seminars in the afternoon. You can select two seminars to attend in the morning and two seminars to attend in the afternoon. You can register an extra family member or friend to get more out of the day by attending more seminars.

The seminars are being taught by Extension professionals and industry leaders. The trade show represents many industries serving small farms and will be open throughout the day.

The morning seminars include: berry production; aquaculture opportunities; retailing direct to consumers; alternative energy for farms; raising rabbits for meat; beekeeping for beginners; recordkeeping for small farms; agritourism opportunities; soils and fertility; high tunnels and organic cost share programs.

The afternoon seminars include: getting started with aquaculture; operating a consumer supported ag enterprise; producing and marketing meat goats; FSA programs for new and small farms; food safety for fruit and vegetable growers; beekeeping for beginners; berry production; alternative energy for farms; grants for new and small farms; leasing farmland; opportunities for ag enterprises in urban Ohio.

Additional information and registration forms can be obtained at http://jefferson.osu.edu. The registration deadline is March 18, 2011. The cost to attend the conference is $50. The registration fee includes lunch. The registration must be sent to OSU Extension, Jefferson County, 135 Main Street, Suite A, Wintersville, OH 43953. You can also contact Mike Hogan at 330-324-6341 or hogan.1@osu.edu for more information.

That’s all for now,
FSA Andy

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