Michigan Family Farms Conference on Saturday, January 14, 2012

Register now for the 9th annual Michigan Family Farms Conference on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at Lakeview High School in Battle Creek, MI. Learn more or register online at www.miffs.org/mffc.  This year’s theme is “Building Your Success with Local Products, Partnerships and Planning”, and the day-long conference is packed with 18 educational sessions to help participants succeed on their family farms. The Michigan Family Farms Conference is a forum for beginning, small-scale and culturally diverse farmers to network, learn and build sustainable family farms. Sessions include: How the 2012 Farm Bill Will Affect You, Careers in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Farm Planning, Constructive Credit, Cheese Making, Growing Seedlings and Transplants, Micro Loan Programs for your Farm, Conservation Easements, Pesticide Certification and Worker Protection Standards, How to Market Your Products, Free Range Poultry, Bee Keeping, Business Structures and Changes in Estate Tax Laws, Wildlife Habitat, the Cottage Food Law, Social Media Marketing and Your Farm, Intro to Hops Production, and Hoophouses. See a full list of sessions, speakers and descriptions at www.miffs.org/mffc/sessions.asp. Dan Carmody, President of the Eastern Market Corporation, is this year’s keynote speaker. His presentation is titled “Healthy Food Hub Development: A Statewide Perspective and an Update on Eastern Market.” Visit www.miffs.org/mffc or contact MIFFS at (517) 432-0712 or miffs@msu.edu for more information or to register. The registration deadline is January 10, 2012, and the fee is $40 per adult or $30 per youth with discounts for groups and MIFFS members available. Some scholarships are available – contact Barbara Norman at 269-208-4588 for more information.

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