National Value Added Agriculture Conference

18th ANNUAL NATIONAL VALUE-ADDED AGRICULTURE CONFERENCE 2016

The 18th annual National Value Added Conference is coming to Madison, Wisconsin, July 21st-22nd, 2016

National leaders in value-added agriculture will be convening in Madison, Wisconsin for the 18th Annual National Value-Added Agriculture Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Agriculture, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship: Developing Thriving Rural Communities.”

Conference topics include agritourism, rural & urban economic development, food waste, food safety, marketing, policy, local & regional food systems, labor issues, alternative energy, technology, supply chain management, and more.

The 2016 National Value Added Agriculture Conference is hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection & University of Wisconsin – Dane County Extension. The conference runs on Thursday, July 21st through mid-day on Friday, July 22nd, with a welcoming reception the evening of Wednesday, July 20th and tours Thursday afternoon.  The deadline to register is July 7th.

Who should attend: Farmers, business owners and operators, entrepreneurs, consultants, policy makers, extension specialists, academics, community leaders, and service providers.

Registration: The cost to attend the full conference is $150. This will cover meetings, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and a reception. There are volunteer opportunities for students and those who cannot afford the full rate.

Hotel: The event will be held at Park Hotel (formerly Inn on the Park), located at 22 S Carroll St, Madison, WI 53703. Call (800) 279-8811 or (608) 285-8000 and identify yourself as being a part of the "2016 National Value-Added Conference Block" to receive the group rate.

Room rates per night:
One Bed (1 to 2 people) = $139.00
Two Beds (1 to 4 people) = $149.00
Suites = $179.00

Rates above do not include taxes of 5.5% for the state or 9% for the city, if applicable

Presentation Information: If you are interested in presenting, please read through the presentation proposal information document and submit your proposal by March 1st, 2016.

Tours: Conference participants will also have the opportunity to choose from three different tours highlighting Wisconsin businesses and value-added industries. Tour themes to choose from are cheese, wine & beer, and sausage making. Tours are not included in the price of registration.

Agenda: See the agenda for the 2016 NVAAC!

MAKE IT A WEEKEND!

Madison, Wisconsin has a lot of amazing things to offer! Make the conference a weekend and consider checking out Wisconsin’s beautiful countryside.

 

The 2016 National Value Added Agriculture Conference is hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection & University of Wisconsin – Dane County Extension. Confirmed sponsors include the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, University of Wisconsin Dane County Extension, American Farm Bureau Federation, National Food MarketMaker, and Southern Extension Risk Management Education.