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2017 Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference & Trade Show

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 5:00pm
Location: 
Sturbridge, MA

Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center, 366 Main St, Sturbridge, MA 

Nearly 30 workshops on topics such as retail and wholesale marketing, agri-tourism, business planning, value added product development, social media and online marketing and lots more. An all day workshop for New England Farmers’ Market Managers will be held on Wednesday, March 8th.

Kicking of the educational workshops on Wednesday, March 8th at 8:00 am is conference keynote speaker, Craig Ostbo, managing partner and chief marketing and brand strategist from Koopman Ostbo Marketing Communications, Portland, OR. Craig will challenge the perception that just because your job title or business card doesn’t say “marketing” doesn’t mean you aren’t responsible for marketing your farm’s brand.

On Thursday, March 9th at 8:00 am, Craig will lead a keynote panel of industry and media professionals from around New England including producers, media specialists, and communication directors in a discussion entitled, Media Strategies: When Things Go Right...and Wrong.

Farmers and Farmers Market Managers interested in getting authorized to accept SNAP (formerly food stamps) will be able to drop in at the SNAP Resource Center-one stop shopping to complete the USDA application to accept SNAP benefits and obtain information on low cost wireless equipment to process SNAP payments.

Registration is now open. Go to www.harvestnewengland.org/events for more information. Program details and lodging options are also available at this site.

Harvest New England (HNE) is a cooperative marketing program created by New England’s state departments of agriculture in 1992. It has sponsored this regional conference since 2007.

Featured image courtesy of Shelburne Orchards.