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Wednesday, 03 February 2016 00:00

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Farming and business to meet in Asheville 

An all-day conference on the business side of farming will be held Saturday, Feb. 20, at UNC-Asheville.

Organized by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, conference goers can chose from 15 business and marketing workshops led by experienced farming, business and agricultural professionals. Titles include “Farm Business Planning,” “The Dos and Don’ts of Selling to Restaurants” and “Making Social Media Work for You,” including new topics on legal issues and the new Food Safety Modernization Act.

Networking will also be an emphasis, with buyer-grower meetings bringing buyers and producers together. 

“I look forward to the Business of Farming Conference every year. Making a successful business out of a farming enterprise is by far the most challenging aspect of agricultural production. ASAP pulls together an excellent menu of local farmers to make presentations about how they are making a go of it,” said Steven Beltram, owner of Balsam Gardens. 

$70 early-bird registration ends Feb. 1; $90 beginning Feb. 2. A cost-share program is available to offset registration fees. 

www.asapconnections.org or 828.236.1282. 

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