Calling all farmers and ranchers, beginning or experienced, rural or urban, and business and community members: The 2014 Nevada Small Farm Conference has something for everyone Feb. 20-22 at John Ascuagaâ€™s Nugget in Sparks.
Interested in traditional topics such as soils, bee keeping and egg production? Or innovative topics such as agritourism, fodder production and renewable energy? The Small Farm Conference is lining up the best speakers for 25 sessions and five preconference workshops, along with a Friday night social mixer.
Back by popular demand, there will be full-day, preconference workshops on Thursday, Feb. 20, on topics including direct marketing meat; hoop house production Chinese medicinal herbs; hops, barley and distillery grains; and building sustainable soils.
The conference will cover a variety of topics, including livestock and poultry production, aquaponics, business planning, agritourism, organic farming, food hubs, food safety and more.
Workshops and conference sessions will include candid discussions about the challenges facing producers. Lack of infrastructure, competitive pricing and Nevadaâ€™s high-desert climate are among the major challenges. Attendees are encouraged to register early as many of the workshops sell out before the Jan. 31 early bird registration deadline.
Sponsoring organizations include: Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute, Whole Foods Market, US. Foods, Great Basin Brewing Company, Rail City Garden Center, Stanislaus Farm Supply, Marie Gibson Management & Consulting, Toro, NevadaGrown, Nevada Certified Farmers Market Association, Western Nevada Development District, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and Silver State Stainless.
For conference details and registration information, visit the conference website, www.nevadafarmconference.com, or contact Ann Louhela at 775-351-2551 or firstname.lastname@example.org.