March 21–22 2014, 6am–6amWhere
Joyce E. Brooks Conference Center 7300 N. Palmyra Road, Canfield, OH
The conference is designed to help landowners and producers learn tips, techniques and methods to increase their awareness and make their small farm operations more successful, which can in turn lead to increased profits.
Researchers and educators with OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), as well as industry experts, will conduct the workshops. OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of the college.
The conference will feature 25 sessions, including a keynote address on “Making Your Small Farm Dream a Reality.”
The overall goal of this event and the mission of the OSU Small Farms Program are to provide a greater understanding of production practices, economics of land-use choices, assessment of personal and natural resources, marketing alternatives, and identifying sources of assistance.
Some of the topics to be addressed include: Soil and soil management, Small farm boot camp, Maple syrup, Goat production, Poultry production, Forages, Livestock nutrition, Direct marketing, Social media, Christmas trees, Legal issues for small farms, Soil basics, Brambles, High tunnels, Beekeeping, Vegetable and fruit production, Financing/loans and Tax issues.
The conference is co-sponsored by OSU Extension’s Small Farm Program, Farm Credit Mid-America, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, the National Agriculture Statistics Service, the Ohio Farm Bureau of Clinton and Mahoning counties and USDA Rural Development.
Registration for the “Living the Small Farm Dream” conference is $20 for the March 21 session and $60 for the March 22 session, or $70 for both days. The deadline to register is March 14.