UACES Facebook ‘Homegrown Profits’ workshop to help Arkansas growers connect with buyers

‘Homegrown Profits’ workshop to help Arkansas growers connect with buyers

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LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas farmers looking to expand the reach of their products into farmers markets, restaurants and other outlets will hear plenty of ideas at “Homegrown Profits,” an agricultural marketing workshops set for March 4 at the ASU-Beebe student center.

“This workshop will give Arkansas farmers a chance to hear from a range of experts and peers who can help them expand the market reach of their produce, livestock and value-added products such as soaps and cheeses,” said Ron Rainey, extension economist and head of the Arkansas MarketMaker project.”

Registration is $10 and participants can pay at the door. For more information, contact Cherie Bradley at cbradley@uaex.edu or 501-268-5394, or register online at http://survey.uaex.edu/registrations/AAMW.asp.

The workshop opens at 8:30 a.m. in the Walmart Room with wrapup at 2:30 p.m.
Among those on the agenda:

  • Bobby Hall, extension program associate for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture - talking about the Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center
  • Rainey will talk about MarketMaker
  • Stacey McCullough, assistant director of the U of A System Division of Agriculture Public Policy Center, will discuss entrepreneurship
  • Bruce Tencleve, commodity coordinator at Arkansas Farm Bureau
  • Zach Taylor, Arkansas Agriculture Department on the Arkansas Grown program
  • Rob Darling,
  • Steve Seideman, extension food processing specialist.

Attendees will also hear success stories from Kenny and Rebecca Simon of Simon Farms, Chuck McCool of McCool farms and Beth and Butch Eggers of Wye Mountain Flowers and Berries.

The final sessions will include Stephanie Buckley of Arkansas Women Bloggers on “Telling your farm story through online and traditional media;” Robert Darling of the U.S. Department of Labor “Addressing farm labor issues;” and Seideman discussing the “Farm Food Safety Self-Assessment Program.” 
 
The conference is sponsored by Arkansas Farm Bureau and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

For more information about the programs of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, contact your county extension office or visit www.uaex.edu. Please note that many links to extension publications will be changing this spring as the extension service renovates its site.

The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

January 27, 2014

By the Cooperative Extension Service
U of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Extension Communications Specialist
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
mhightower@uaex.edu

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