March 11–12, 7:45am–3:45pmWhere
Wilmington College’s Boyd Cultural Arts Center 1870 Quaker Way, Wilmington, OH
Experts with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University are offering a Small Farm Conference March 11-12.
The “Opening Doors to Success” conference is designed to offer tips, techniques and methods to help make small farm operations more successful, profitable and sustainable.
A “Meat Goat Management” workshop is March 11 from 1-5 p.m. at the Wilmington College Academic Farm, 1590 Fife Ave. in Wilmington. Specialists Richard Browning, a meat goat expert at Tennessee State University, and Maria L. Leite-Browning, a meat goat expert at Alabama A&M University, will focus on meat goat production.
A workshop on “Micro Irrigation Essentials and Management” will be offered during the same time taught by Brad Bergefurd, an OSU Extension horticulture specialist. This workshop will focus on:
Ground-Based and Remote Moisture Sensing.
Irrigation Planning Resources.
Researchers and educators with OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, as well as industry experts, will conduct the workshops. A similar small farm conference is being held in Wooster on April 2.
The March 12 session will feature workshops by Ohio State and industry experts. Participants will have the opportunity to attend a trade show featuring agricultural vendors and agencies offering assistance to beginning farmers.
Topics to be presented March 12 include:
Farmers Market Vendor Best Practices.
Enhancing and Expanding Your Online Marketing.
Consumer Trends and Small Farm Opportunities.
Developing Your Marketing Plan.
Rabbit Production and Opportunities.
Hair Sheep Production.
An Overview of Goat Diseases from A to Z.
Avian Bird Flu.
Reality Check of My Farming Operation.
Planning for Legal Liability.
Beginning Farm Business Planning.
Farming the Farm Bill.
Networks, Opportunities, and Resources.
Alpaca Production and Fiber Insulation.
Artisan Cheese Making.
Raising Dairy Goats, Making Soap and More.
Utilizing/Protecting Pollinators on My Farm.
Fertility Management of Fruits and Vegetables.
Beekeeping Challenges in 2016.
Pesticide Mixing and Hand Sprayer Calibration.
Retiring to the Farm.
Responding to a Farm Accident: Are You Ready?
Organic Systems Planning.
Value Added Grants.
Local, Organic, Natural: What Consumers Really Want.
Facts of Antibiotic Use in Livestock.
Registration for the “Opening Doors to Success” conference is $70 for both days, $20 for Friday only or $60 for Saturday only. The deadline to register is March 4.