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‘Homegrown Profits’ workshop rescheduled to April 22

LITTLE ROCK -- A workshop to help Arkansas growers expand the reach of their products has been rescheduled to April 22 at the ASU-Beebe student center. 

The “Homegrown Profits” workshop was set for March 4, but cancelled due to icy weather.

 “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 or 501-268-5394, or register online at


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

Among those on the agenda:

9:00 a.m. Growing the Market for Arkansas Agricultural Products

  • Bobby Hall, Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center, U of A System Division of Agriculture
  • Ron Rainey, Arkansas MarketMaker, U of A System Division of Agriculture
  • Stacey McCullough, Entrepreneurship, U of A System Division of Agriculture
  • Zach Taylor, Arkansas Agriculture Department
  • Steve Seideman, Food Processing & Value Added Resources, U of A System Division of Agriculture


10:45 a.m. “Farm Success Stories” – Grower Panel

  • Kenny & Rebecca Simon, Simon Farms
  • Chuck McCool, McCool Farms
  • Beth & Butch Eggers, Wye Mountain Flowers and Berries
  • Bill Landreth, Berries by Bill
  • Cody Hopkins, Falling sky Farms


1 p.m. Concurrent Break-Out Sessions:

  • “Telling Your Farm Story in the New Media Landscape, ”Stephanie Buckley, Owner of Arkansas Women Bloggers
  •  “Farm Food Safety Self-Assessment Program,” Steve Seideman, U of A Food Processing Specialist

 2:30 Workshop Wrap-Up

 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 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.

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

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

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