This should be an excellent conference if you have the chance to go.
Please save-the-date USDA’s 2018 National Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit (“Summit”), conducted in partnership with the Food Distribution Research Society, National Value-Added Agriculture Conference, Farmers Market Coalition, and Farm Credit Council. This Summit, the first of its kind in the United States, will feature topics on new resources intended to assist farmers market managers and direct marketing farmers; recent research and data on direct-to-consumer (DTC) markets; and technical assistance workshops led by USDA staff and FMPP grantees. Please share this announcement with your networks and colleagues!
Why should I attend?
The Summit will provide technical assistance to ascertain existing business training gaps and identify ways that DTC marketing enterprises can improve the effectiveness of their day-to-day operations. The Summit will include sessions on data collection and communicating impacts; using technology for data visualization and mapping resources; developing business and marketing plans; and sharing value-added agricultural resources available for producers. Best of all, there will be numerous networking opportunities throughout the Summit to form partnerships and solidify all that you learn!
When is the Summit?
The Summit begins on September 17, 2018 (Monday) at 8:30 AM and concludes on September 18, 2018 (Tuesday) at noon. There are also optional pre-conference activities on September 15 and 16.
Where will the Summit be held?
The Summit will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia, less than one mile from Reagan National Airport (DCA).