FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2017

7:00 am      

Vendor Set-Up

Patrice Jennings, Ozark Farmers Agriculture Cooperative

Linda Risner, MSU-WP Student Volunteer Coordinator

Arena

8:00 am      

Registration / Doors Open to Public – West Entrance

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Registration / Doors Open to Public – East Entrance

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Lobby

9:00 am      

Greetings and Announcements

Patrice Jennings, Ozark Farmers Agriculture Cooperative

Exhibit Hall

 

General Session (all participants, beginners and advanced)         

9:15 am      

 

General Session – Keynote III

Title: Why Do Small Farms Matter:

Speaker: Janie Dunning

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Brief Description: Today's USDA speaking team will discuss the importance of the small farm to the modern rural micro-economy. The questions stand: For extreme rural areas 


that are not close to significant urban purchasing hubs, why is it still important to nurture the production of local food on small farms? What successes have

been observed by USDA in other extremely rural (i.e. poorly connected) areas of the United States? What can USDA Rural Development do to help small farms?

Exhibit Hall

 

 

 

General Session (all participants, beginners and advanced)         

9:55 am      

 

General Session – Keynote IV

Title

Speaker

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Brief Description

Exhibit Hall

10:15 am

Vendor Exhibits / Break / Network

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Arena

10:45 am

Breakout Sessions I

 

 

Beginner’s Track Training                       

 

4A:

Title: Urban Farming

Speaker: Hank Will, Mother Earth News - GRIT

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Brief Description: It’s time to put that rooftop, vacant lot or abandoned parking area back into production. In this workshop we’ll discuss proven strategies for farming on a 


small scale in the urban setting and consider ways to “borrow” vacant land owned by the city to help bring the community together in a mutually beneficial and potentially lucrative manner.

Exhibit Hall

 

4B:

Title: Agri-Marketing

Speaker: Patrice Gros, Foundation Farm

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Brief Description:  How to select and manage your markets: selection of the proper market channels based on your farm mix, your area and your personal skills and wants.

Theater

 

4C:

Title: Soil Health: Does It Matter?

Speaker: Drexel Atkisson, NRCS

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Brief Description: 

Redbud 1 & 2

 

Advanced Track Training                         

 

4D:

Title: Greenhouse 101

Speaker: Pete Hummert, Hummert International

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Brief Description: Presentation will include an overview of high tunnels, ground to ground and gutter connected greenhouses and related components and systems. Including greenhouse glazing, heating and ventilation equipment, environmental controls, shade systems and benches.​             

Dogwood 1 & 2

 

4E:

Title: High Tunnels Part I & II

Speaker: Norm Morgan

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Brief Description

Dogwood 3

11:45 am

Vendor Exhibits / Break / Network

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Main Arena

 

General Session (all participants, beginners and advanced)         

12:00 pm      

Luncheon General Session V: Panel of Speakers

Title: Ag-Business Development/AgriMO

Speaker: Brenda Verslues & Kelsey Temmen, Missouri Dept. of Agriculture

Title: Ag-business Certificate Program

Speaker: Dr. Linda Risner, MSU-West Plains

Title: Farm Loan Programs

Speaker: Kelly Arnold, USDA Farm Service Agency

Lunch provided by the South Central Career Center with local foods from the West Plains Farmer's Market

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Brief Description

Exhibit Hall

1:30 pm        

Breakout Sessions II

 

 

Beginner’s Track Training                       

 

5A:

Title: Fruit Production

Speaker: Marilyn Odneal, MSU-Mtn. Grove

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Brief Description: An overview for those considering commercial production of grapes & wine production. Pros and cons in production of these crops will be covered.

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5B:

Title: Conventional Farming Part III

Speaker: Rusty Lee, Lee Farms, LLC

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Brief Description: Marketing—We grew it, now what do we do with it? 

Theater

 

5C:

Title: Agricultural Tourism

Speaker: Scott McWilliams, McWilliams Pumpkin Patch

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Brief Description: How agritourism can compliment the small family farm operation and offer some financial rewards.

Redbud 1 & 2

 

Advanced Track Training                         

 

5D:

Title: Beekeeping Part II

Speaker: Grant Gillard, Author & Former State Beekeeper

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Brief Description: The Basics of Getting Started in Beekeeping: People interested in beekeeping have a million questions, but this talk will cover some of the basics, like: What equipment do you need to get started? How much can you expect to pay, and what can you expect to get in return? Where will you get your bees? Is there a better way to establish an apiary? Where can you save some money?

Dogwood 1 & 2

 

5E:

Title: Local Foord, Local Places Program

Speaker: Amelia LaMair, Farm Fork, & Fiddle and Rachel Luster, Oregon Co-op

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Brief Description

Dogwood 3

2:45 pm

Vendor Exhibits / Break / Network

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Arena

 

General Session (all participants, beginners and advanced)         

3:30 pm 

Evaluations / Door Prizes / Adjourn

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Exhibit Hall

 

 

5:30 pm      

Adjourn