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Urban agriculture, soil biology highlight 2019 Indiana Small Farm Conference

December 4, 2018
Small Farm Conference

From strategies that can strengthen Indiana farms to inspired ideas for urban agriculture across the state, the Purdue Extension Indiana Small Farm Conference connects producers on backroads and busy streets to expert information and to each other.

The 2019 conference and trade show will be held from Feb. 28 to March 2 at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex, 1900 E. Main St., Danville, Ind. Registration for the conference is now open at purdue.ag/sfc

Since 2013, the conference has featured programming about diversified farming and local food systems – bringing together novice and experienced small-scale farmers to:

“We’re honored to have seen this conference become a premier destination for farmers and professionals over the last several years,” says Tamara Benjamin, Assistant Program Leader and Diversified Agriculture Specialist with Purdue Extension and one of the conference’s organizers. “There is no hard and fast definition of what the small-farm community looks like, and that’s a great thing. Our programming reflects this diversity, and we enjoy being a hub where all people can gather to learn, network, and improve agriculture for Indiana and for the Midwest.”

The 2019 Indiana Small Farm Conference begins on Feb. 28 with a series of daylong workshops and tours. Workshop topics include:

Two tours will be available: a butcher shop and livestock processing tour with Moody’s Butcher Shop, Smoking Goose and more; and an agritourism farm tour encompassing Hunter’s Honey Farm, Chandlers Orchard and Country Market and Mallow Run Winery. (There will be an additional cost to attend the agritourism farm tour. Please see the registration page for details.)

Breakout sessions on March 1 and 2 will cover a variety of topics, including food safety, farm management, value-added products like herbs and oils, pest control, price trends, poultry, high tunnels, marketing, infrastructure, disease management, policy and diversity.

Keynote speakers for the 2019 conference are: 

 Vendors will display a wide range of agricultural equipment, products and services during a trade show March 1 and 2 in the facility’s exhibit hall. Those interested in exhibiting at the conference can find more information or register as an exhibitor online through Feb. 15.

For conference attendees registering before Feb. 4, admission is $75 for one day, $135 for two days and $190 for three days. After Feb. 4, admission is $90, $162 and $228.

Admission for children age 18 and younger is $20, 35 and $45 before Feb. 4 and $24, $42 and $54 after Feb. 4.

One discounted registration fee for your plus-one – such as a spouse / partner or someone who works on your farm – is available at $50, $100 or $140 before Feb. 4. Plus-one prices are $60, $120 or $168 after Feb. 4. Any additional attendees beyond a plus-one pay for full admission.

For more information – or to sign up – visit the Indiana Small Farm Conference website at purdue.ag/sfc. Follow the conference on Twitter and Instagram at @SmallFarmPurdue or on Facebook at @PurdueExtensionSmallFarms, #PurdueSmallFarms.

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