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Cooperative Extension Service to host annual Farmers’ Market Conference in February

Fast Facts:

    • Conference to be held Friday, Feb. 6
    • Attendees will learn about accepting SNAP benefits, food safety and more
    • Attendees will have opportunity to join the Arkansas Farmers’ Market Association

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LITTLE ROCK  -- The Cooperative Extension Service will work in partnership with the Arkansas Farmers’ Market Association to host its annual conference Friday, Feb. 6 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension Service headquarters in Little Rock.

Speakers will address topics including newer, cheaper and more user-friendly ways of accepting SNAP benefits from customers; farm to school partnerships; food safety; and how to use social media more effectively.

Organizers will give updates on market development grants, including an expansion in Arkansas Parks and Tourism grant programs that will include farmers’ markets. Speakers will also discuss the training rollout to assist grant applicants.

“With the level of interest in local food steadily rising, market managers should by all means attend the 2015 AFMA Annual Meeting, which will provide them with diverse resources to both expand their markets and serve their customers more effectively,” said Beverly Dunaway, an Extension Arkansas MarketMaker program associate who works closely with AFMA.

Farmers’ market managers will be able to join AFMA and learn of the association’s planned activities for 2015 at the conference.

Online registration is available at

through Feb. 2. Lunch will be provided at no cost. Reservations are needed for an accurate count for materials and meal. After Feb. 2, please call 501-671-2344 for more information or to register.

The Cooperative Extension Service Headquarters is located at 2301 S. University Ave. in Little Rock. The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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By The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Ryan McGeeney
Content Specialist 
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2120

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