Purdue Extension will be hosting the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) national professional improvement conference in September 8-12, 2019 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Scott Gabbard, Purdue Extension Ag Educator in Shelby County, and Kelly Heckaman, Purdue Extension Ag Educator in Kosciusko County, are the chairpersons for the event. According to Gabbard, this will mark the first time in the 100 years of the Extension Service that Indiana’s agricultural Educators have hosted the event. In 2018, more than 30 of Indiana’s Extension Educators attended the program that was held in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Heckaman noted that this is an excellent opportunity for Indiana to showcase its diverse agricultural businesses. Planning for the event has been ongoing for over a year now.
The NACAA event will attract over 1000 Extension professionals from across the nation, giving them a chance to exchange ideas, methods and techniques of working with agricultural and horticultural producers. Besides numerous opportunities to hear presentations from Extension and business leaders, the Educators will have a chance to visit farms and horticultural businesses throughout the northeast corner of Indiana.
Purdue Ag Educators are currently reaching out to farms, organizations and businesses that would be interested in hosting tours, participating in the trade show, giving presentations or providing support in other ways. The Indiana Extension Educators Association (IEEA), which is handling the finances for the program, is a public charity under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501 (c) (3) Section 170. A sponsor packet including trade show information is available at the conference website: https://extension.purdue.edu/NACAA2019/ by clicking the “Sponsor” tab or by e-mailing Ed Farris, IEEA Treasurer, at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about participating in the NACAA professional improvement conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana, contact Gabbard at (317) 392-6460 or Heckaman at (574) 372-2340.